The meeting today was mostly a quiet one — the agenda was thin — but here are a few highlights:
•The Board voted to approve two options to a contract with Kinkisharyo International for 97 new light rail vehicles to be used on the Crenshaw/LAX Line and to replace older vehicles in Metro’s rail car fleet. The cost of the options is $396,650,000.
The initial contract — including an order for 78 light rail vehicles — with Kinkisharyo was approved by the Board in April 2012.
As a result of its contract with Metro, Kinkisharyo is moving their U.S. headquarters from Boston to El Segundo. Kinkisharyo will also be assembling the light rail vehicles in Palmdale, which is expected to create about 250 full-time jobs. according to Metro.
•The Board also approved the motion below by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for Metro to explore a small business mitigation program to help merchants during construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line.
•The Board approved an amendment to the current year’s budget to add 38 employees to the Metro staff to work on the TAP call center and reduced fare applications. This is work that was being done by Xerox, a Metro contractor, and is being moved in-house as a result of an arbitration decision in a grievance against Metro filed by the Transportation Communications Union. Staff report
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