Metro’s Service Councils in September will be discussing a significant issue for the agency and, really, for everyone: how to increase ridership on Metro. The agency is encouraging the public to attend the Service Council meetings and/or to visit this web page. You can also email your ideas to Metro. See below for info on dates, times and locations for Service Council meetings.
Some background: Between 2010 and 2014, Metro’s overall ridership increased three percent — spurred in particular by an uptick in rail ridership. In 2014, Metro had an estimated 1,495,184 boardings on weekdays. Through the first half of 2015, that has declined to 1,423,458 average weekday boardings. At the national level, transit ridership fell .66 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the American Public Transportation Assn.
The Metro Board of Directors in March approved a motion asking Metro staff to develop a plan to increase ridership. Staff provided an initial response in June with efforts ongoing to refine a long, long list of ideas while also seeking input and ideas from the public. The public can also provide ideas and comments online.
This staff report and Source post from earlier this year also provides some helpful context when it comes to ridership and the amount of service the Metro and other transit agencies in L.A. County provide.
Additional agenda items for each Service Council meetings include:
San Fernando Valley (6:30 p.m., Wednesday, 9/2) – Presentation on Annual Customer Survey and Fall Survey Preview; Update on NoHo Joint Development Project and Community Outreach; and Report on San Fernando Valley Service Performance.
San Gabriel Valley (5 p.m., Monday, 9/14) – Presentation on El Monte Station Bike Hub Opening and Report on San Gabriel Valley Service Performance.
Westside/Central (5 p.m., Wednesday, 9/9) – Report on Route Modification Recommendations to Line 110 and Report on Westside/Central Service Performance.
Gateway Cities (6 p.m., Thursday, 9/10) – Swearing in of new Gateway Cities Service Councilmember Isaac Galvan, Compton City Councilmember; Presentation on Transit Court and Citation Collection; and Report on Gateway Cities Service Performance. Gateway Cities Service Council is again meeting at 6 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. to encourage greater attendance and participation.
South Bay (9:30 a.m., Friday, 9/11) – Report on South Bay Performance. Also, the South Bay Service Council is holding a public hearing on Sept. 16 about a potential bus service change. See the bottom of this post for the hearing notice.
For more information about each Service Council, click on the name of the Council below to view their web page. For a detailed listing of all Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to service firstname.lastname@example.org. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your e-mail.
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