Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas took over as Chairman of the Metro Board of Directors earlier this month and will be in that role through next June. Ridley-Thomas is currently presiding over his first full Board meeting today; the above document neatly lays out his priorities. In addition, an article has been posted on his website.
It should be an eventful year. Two rail projects — the second phase of the Expo Line to Santa Monica and the Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa — are nearing the end of construction and early testing is underway on both lines. Construction continues on three other rail projects, the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Purple Line Extension section one and the Regional Connector. Metro is also in the process of updating its long-range plan and looking at a potential ballot measure for Nov. 2016 to raise more money for transportation projects.
There is also a wide array of other policies and projects in progress, ranging from bikeshare coming to downtown Los Angeles next spring to a study underway that could reorganize some bus service. Stay tuned!