Recap of today’s Metro Board meeting

The Metro Board approved amendments to the Measure R ordinance and its extension, which included the motion by Director John Fasana to allow for the transfer of funds between the transit capital and highway capital subfunds within the same subregion.

Board members voted 10 – 1 to approve the Fasana amendment and to integrate the amendment into the existing Measure R Extension Ordinance, with Board Chairman Antonovich voting against and Director Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining. The remaining portions of the item to place the amended Ordinance on the Nov. 6 ballot passed 9 – 3, with directors Antonovich, Knabe and Ridley-Thomas voting no. Mayor Villaraigosa was absent from today’s proceedings.

The amendments will be considered by voters with the Measure R extension language on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Board Chairman Antonovich proposed that members consider items 4 and 5 together within the context of a reevaluation of safety procedures. Here are links to the individual items:

  •  Update on the Expo Line / BLue Line junction, regarding Metro and CPUC investigation of an alignment issue on the junction at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, where the Blue and Expo Lines merge. The report from the Metro Inspector General is still in progress and should be completed in the fall. 
  • And the Yaroslavsky motion to convene a Metro Blue Line Task Force to examine safety procedures and strategies for the Blue Line operation.

Directors approved the Yaroslavsky motion as amended by Director Mark Ridley-Thomas to establish public information protocols to report accident and service disruption information when incidents occur and regularly report the information to news media and via social media.

5 replies

  1. Is the Fasana amendment simply a way of syphoning transit money to be funneled to the disastrous 710 Study? this seems to me like a classic “bait and switch”. Get approval from the voters for one “public supported, feel good issue” and then switch it to something that METRO really wanted but knew the voters would never approve. Be aware that it is not going unnoticed and that the wrath of the residents of Pasadena, Garvanza, South Pasadena, La Canada, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, etc… Will rise up, en mass against the arrogant, self serving, board of Metro.

  2. Too bad nothing got approved that might INCREASE OR IMPROVE BUS SERVICE! The MTA has NO PROBLEM increasing light-rail service that goes into/out of the City of Los Angeles, but BUS RIDERS get the short end of any financial appropriations! The MTA needs to be CUT INTO THIRDS! One part for the City of Los Angeles, one part for the rest of the County of L.A. OUTSIDE of the City of L.A., and one part for the light-rail system! Bus riders and the improvement in bus service that is needed, is TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE MTA! WHY?

    • Thanks again to everyone sending in their comments on Metro Service Council meetings. In response to “Neglected Bus Rider,” the San Gabriel Valley Service Council is not considering any proposed cuts for Lines 266, 270 and 485 at their August meeting. Instead, the Council asked for more information about Lines 266 and 270 in response to comments from a customer requesting more service on these lines. The review of Line 485 was requested by one of the SGV Service Council representatives. This line was significantly modified one year ago, and the council wants to see if the new route and schedule has achieved the intended goals or if additional modifications might be warranted.
      To get written comments to the council, please submit your comments in writing through the service council web page or send them to If your comments are for a specific council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing. — David Hershenson, Metro Community Relations Manager

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