Metro Board Chairman Michael D. Antonovich just dropped the gavel on today's meeting of the Metro Board of Directors, the 13-member body that oversees Metro.
Administrative note: L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge is serving on the Board today as a substitute for Councilman Jose Huizar.
As we wrote the other day, there are three big items on the docket that will determine how Metro spends billions of dollars: a contract to build the Crenshaw/LAX Line, a Measure R project acceleration plan and another item to determine how cost over-runs on several projects are paid for.
Please check out this post for more on those items.
Today's meeting is also the final one for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after serving the past eight years on the Board. Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti takes his place next month.
And, today is also the last meeting for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as Board Chairman. The Supervisor remains on the Board while Board Member Diane DuBois becomes Chair next month.
In his comments to the board, Antonovich called for better transit connections to the region's airports — something he said should have been done decades ago — and for better schedule coordination between transit systems. He also called for a countywide ballot measure next year to help fund a regional transportation system but with more input from local Councils of Government on which projects to include fund.
DuBois praised Antonovich's efforts to improve safety across the system and said that she, too, intends to focus on that issue because there's nothing more important than the safety of everyone who uses the Metro system.
Items on the consent portion of the agenda were just approved by the Board. The Board will now begin to tackle the items for discussion. It's standing room only in the Board room with many public comments expected on several items.
Those wishing to listen to the meeting by phone call dial 213-922-6045.