Here are some other actions taken by the Metro Board of Directors at this morning’s meeting:
•(Item 31) The Board approved a motion by Metro Board Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to study and recommend a variety of improvements to Metro Rail and busway stations, including:
1. Find ways to upgrade access to Metro stations through better signage, crosswalks, sidewalks, bike signals, bike parking and more streetscape amenities.
2. Evaluate and suggest upgrades to security systems for park-and-ride lots used by Metro patrons.
3. Evaluate options for reducing noise at Green Line stations in the median of the 105 freeway.
4. Expand a grant program run by Metro to help cities zone and plan for transit-oriented developments along several transit lines or projects, including the Blue Line, Green Line extension to LAX, the West Santa Ana Branch, the Westside Subway Extension, the Silver Line and Metrolink stations, to name a few.
During his Board Chair remarks earlier in the meeting, Mayor Villaraigosa said that the TOD piece was especially important.
“Historically we would build a transit project and then 10 years later start thinking about what to do around the stations,” Villaraigosa said. “We need to do it simultaneously.”
The motion also amends the Metro budget to provide $10 million to help fund the TOD grant program.
•(Item 41) The Board approved the findings of completed equity evaluations for service changes involving several bus lines.
•(Item 51) The Board approved a $4.95-million contract with Mark Thomas and Company to prepare a utility relocation study for the 710 Corridor Project that could potentially widen the freeway. As motorists know who take the 710, overhead utility wires run along the 710 and the Los Angeles River.