The Metro Board of Directors’ final meeting of the year is Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Metro headquarters adjacent to Union Station. The agenda is above.
As usual, the meeting is open to the public. You can listen online here (a link will appear under the ‘audio’ column at far right when the meeting begins).
Three items of interest to be tackled by the Board tomorrow:
•The Board will consider a fare structure for the Metro bike share pilot program to begin in downtown L.A. next summer:
Full staff report here includes an explanation of how future and existing TAP cards will integrate with the pilot program.
•The Board will consider a performance matrix that will be used to evaluate projects that may be included in next year’s potential ballot measure.
•The Board will consider a 10-year lease agreement with Groundwork — which operates coffee shops — for the North Hollywood Depot. Staff report
Categories: Policy & Funding, Projects
Metro should remove the $1.75 fee for those who have the annual pass – that way, they are in lockstep with other bikeshare systems like Capital Bikeshare in DC – which increased bicycle use as a mode share by double* the national rate – a 32% increase – since they introduced their bikeshare system in 2010 (see Census Burea for stats). If bikeshare is to be the “gateway drug” to bicycling & 1st/last mile transit in general, it should not have any financial barriers to taking unlimited trips after a base fee is paid.
UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Scholar
Olive Tree Initiative: Turkey-Armenia, cofounder