Metro Board of Directors meets tomorrow

The Metro Board of Directors holds their final meeting of the year tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Metro headquarters next to Los Angeles Union Station. The meeting, as always, is open to the public.

Here’s the agenda. A few items worth watching:

•(Item 11) The Board will consider amending an existing joint development agreement with Taylor Yards — along the L.A. River — to increase the number of apartments for the site and reduce the number of for-sale condos.

•(Item 35) The Board will consider approving a motion by Board Member Don Knabe to add an at-grade Westchester station near the intersection of Florence Avenue and Hindry to the Crenshaw/LAX Line on the condition the contractor with the winning bid on the project can build the station within the project’s budget of about $1.7 billion. The Board will also consider adding a pecking order for additional stations: if a contractor could only build one additional station under their bid, a Leimert Park station would come first.

•(Item 45). The Board will consider adopting new service standards for bus and rail that dictate how much service will be provided on different lines and the level of frequency, among other conditions.

•(Item 25). The Board will consider approving a short list of candidates to compete for the job to do a Master Plan for Los Angeles Union Station, which Metro purchased earlier this year.

•(Item 58) The Board will consider going forward with audits by Metro’s Inspector General of the Expo Line Construction Authority, the Foothill Extension Construction Authority and the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority. The audits will look at staffing of each agency and a review of the contract with the CEO of each agency, including total salary, deferred salary, incentives, benefits and travel expenses. The motion to do the audits was written by Board Members Mike Antonovich, Don Knabe and Ara Najarian.

•(Item 30) The Board will consider a Metro staff recommendation to use a grant from the California Energy Commission to install plug-in electrical charging stations at four Metro park-n-ride locations: Universal City (Red Line), Aviation/LAX (Green Line), Canoga (Orange Line) and Sierra Madre Villa (Gold Line) in addition to upgrading existing plug-in stations at Union Station.

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