Other actions taken by the Board today

The meeting is ongoing. I'll have a post later on the Crenshaw/LAX Line project contract, project acceleration and associated financial issues.

•The Board approved Metro's contribution of $52.7 million toward Metrolink operations for the 2013-14 fiscal year in addition to funds for a variety of other Metrolink projects. Metrolink is funded with contributions from five county transportation agencies — Metro in Los Angeles County as well as Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

•The Board approved a motion by Richard Katz to have Metro CEO Art Leahy and Metro staff to study, hold hearings and determine whether the state Congestion Management Plan is still an “appropriate, useful and consistent tool aligned with our state and regional objectives.”

The motion means that the Congestion Management Fee studied and proposed by Metro staff on new developments in the county likely won't be considered by the Board until next year. The fee has been discussed for a decade.

•The Board approved a 10-year lease for a Purple Line Extension customer service center in 2,469-feet of retail space at 3183 Wilshire Boulevard.

•The Board approved a motion asking Metro staff to report on how Metro may be able to contribute up to $2 million each year to CicLAvia-type events throughout L.A. County. The motion cites the success of the events in the city of L.A. over the past couple of years.