Wow. Another Board meeting this year that was shorter than a Hobbit movie!
The full agenda and recap of actions are above. Among the more interesting items approved:
•The Board approved funding for 17 more Open Streets events over the next couple of years, as was expected. And, yes, the Golden Streets event cancelled earlier this year because of smoke from wildfires is back on the docket!
•The Board approved a $73-million contract and a $3.9-million contract to overhaul 74 of the subway cars used on the Red/Purple Line. The subway cars are on average more than 17 years old with an average mileage of 1.3 million miles per vehicle (fun fact!). Also in the works: a procurement to purchase new subway cars, which will be needed when the Purple Line Extension opens.
•The Board approved a $12.1-million contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff to do the environmental studies for the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor project, which in plain English means the proposed light rail line between Artesia and Union Station in DTLA. The project has $240 million in Measure R funding but needs more dollars to get built.
About $1.4 billion in funding is included in Measure M, Metro’s sales tax ballot measure going to voters this fall. Under the Measure M timeline approved by the Board earlier this year, the first phase of the project would be built between Artesia and the Green Line and open 2028-30 with the second phase from the Green Line to Union Station in 2041-43. Metro officials have said the timelines may be accelerated if a public-private partnership deal could be struck for the project.