Busy agenda for Metro Board of Directors tomorrow

The monthly meeting of the agency’s Board of Directors will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Metro headquarters adjacent to Union Station in Los Angeles. Meetings are open to the public. Here’s a quick look at some of the more interesting items on the meeting’s agenda:

•(Item 33) The Board of Directors will also consider whether to support the 30/10 initiative proposed by Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board of Director Antonio Villaraigosa into official Metro policy. Villaraigosa’s original plan called for obtaining federal money through a variety of ways to build 12 mass transit projects funded by Measure R in 10 years, not 30. Some Board members have said they wanted Measure R highway projects to be included in 30/10. So the discussion will likely be about what’s in 30/10 and the length of the list–keep in mind that the longer the list, the less money for each project, should any federal money be secured.

•(Item 55) The Board of Directors will also consider a recommendation by Metro staff to begin a new round of studies on how best to improve traffic flow created by the gap in the 710 freeway between Alhambra and Pasadena. Here’s a link to a recent post on The Source about the proposed 710 studies.

•(Item 49) With a fare increase scheduled to take place on July 1, the Board of Directors will consider whether to hold a special Board meeting to discuss the fare hike. Some members of the public have complained that fare increases should be delayed because of the recession. The fare increase on July 1 will raise a regular ride from $1.25 to $1.50. Fares for students, the disabled and seniors will remain the same as promised in Measure R; those fares won’t go up until July 1, 2013.

•In the realm of contracts to outside vendors, the Board of Directors will consider a contract (Item 42) not to exceed $3,952,540 to Cubic Transportation Systems to install ticket machines and ticket validators at new stations along the Orange Line Extension currently being built. In another contract-related item (Item 27), the Board will consider a contract not to exceed $975,513 to The Divine Enterprise in Association with Fred McFarlane Communications and Diversified Transportation Solutions to do community outreach for the Crenshaw Line light rail project and to form a community-based leadership council to review the project.