The final Metro Board of Directors meeting of the year was a low-key affair. Perhaps of the most interest to everyday riders were motions approved concerning restrooms at stations, parking at stations and fare evasion along the Orange Line — more about those in this previous post.
Here are some of the actions taken today:
•On consent, the Board approved a $1.64-million contract with STV/Parsons Brinckerhoff for consulting services to help draw up specifications for the eventual procurement for new subway cars.
•On consent, the Board approved a new policy to govern requests from cities, third parties and other stakeholders for changes to transportation projects after they have been approved by the Board. The gist of the new policy: the modifications should not delay the project or increase its budget unless funding is identified. This one falls under the wonky but important category as a lot of these requests do come in after project construction is underway.
•On consent, the Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Metro and Los Angeles World Airports for changes to the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Aviation/Century project that could help improve connections to future airport facilities such as a consolidated rental car facility or a people mover:
•On consent, the Board approved a $6.17-million contract with ARINC, Inc. to provide a new computer software and hardware that provide “centralized control and/or monitoring of train movement, traction and auxiliary power, fire detection and suppression, gas detection, emergency tunnel and ancillary ventilation” and other communication systems.
•The Board voted to approve a motion asking Metro staff to report back on the feasibility of establishing a living wage for landscape and irrigation maintenance workers contracted by Metro. The motion was by Metro Board Members Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, Gloria Molina andJacquelyn Dupont-Walker.
•The Board voted to approve a motion for Metro staff to report back on Orange Line fare evasion and actions that may be taken to increase the number of people who tap their TAP cards before boarding the bus. The motion was by Board Members Paul Krekorian and Zev Yaroslavsky.
•On consent, the Board approved a motion for Metro staff to study and report back on installing bathrooms at the Orange Line’s Pierce College station and potentially at other transit stations. The motion was by Board Members Michael Antonovich, Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian and Zev Yaroslavsky.
•The Board voted to approve a motion for Metro staff to study ways to potentially expand vehicle and bike parking at the Red Line’s North Hollywood and Universal City/Studio City stations, as well as improving connectivity to the stations. The motion was by Board Members Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian and Zev Yaroslavsky.