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Things to look at whilst transiting: fun photo essay at the New Yorker Photo Booth blog on cars from the 1970s as seen at night. Boy, those were ugly cars back then.
In closed session earlier this month, the Metro Board of Directors agreed to a $297.8-million settlement with Kiewet, the contractor that built the 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. Among the primary improvements: adding 10 miles of HOV lane to the northbound side of the freeway along with a completely rebuilt 405-Wilshire interchange, a new Mulholland Drive bridge and the widening of the Sunset Boulevard bridge.
The dispute between Kiewet and Metro dates to 2014 when Kiewet filed a claim seeking more than $500 million more than it was originally paid by Metro for the project. The two parties entered arbitration and this settlement was the result. The settlement will be paid with funds from Prop C, the half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in 1990 and will bring the cost of the project to $1.6 billion.
Much of the dispute involved utility relocations, with Kiewet alleging that Metro did not do enough before construction to identify utilities that could be impacted. Metro Board Chair John Fasana told the LAT there were “deficiencies” and “culpability” by Metro and that it was time to move forward. Metro communications chief Pauletta Tonilas said the settlement was the best way to protect taxpayer dollars.
A good overview of the contract the Board will consider Thursday. The current policing contract is with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; the new contract would split the work between the LASD, the LAPD and the Long Beach Police Department. Metro staff say that it would result in more police on more buses and trains.
As Joe Linton points out, there is also a motion by Board Member Mark Ridley-Thomas to decriminalize youth fare evasion. Joe writes that such efforts have been successful in other cities and have also been put in place in part to help speed up buses and trains by focusing on customers who want to pay rather than argue with those who don’t.
Here’s our previous post about the policing contract that includes the staff report.
Chao was the Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009 and was a deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and her father is the founder of the Foremost Group, a major international cargo shipping firm.
This is obviously an important post if, indeed, Congress pushes forward with new major infrastructure funding. To be seen, of course, is how/if that money is divided between transpo sectors and how transit may fare. Many local transit agencies, Metro included, have new voter-approved local funding that the agencies hope to match with federal funds to build new projects. Stay tuned.
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