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I’ll update this post as the meeting continues.
•The Board Approved the final environmental study for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Station, which will serve the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Green Line, many bus lines and serve as a dropoff point for private vehicles. The station will be the transfer point to the automated people mover that Los Angeles International Airport will build; the people mover will include three stations serving LAX terminals. Here’s a map that shows how it will all come together:
•The Board approved increasing the budget of the Regional Connector project by $199 million to a total of $1.751 billion. Staff reports.
•The Board approved a motion by Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts asking Metro staff to provide a report on building a grade separation for the future Crenshaw/LAX Line crossing of Centinela Avenue in Inglewood. As Butts explained, the new NFL stadium — which will be home to two teams — and the Forum will greatly increase traffic on Centinela, as well as residential and commercial development that he said will be three times the size of Century City.
The motion asks for a staff report next month that shows how a grade separation could be built without impacting the planned Oct. 2019 of the Crenshaw/LAX Line along with cost estimates for building it before the line opens versus after. The motion also calls for a list of potential funding sources as well as any environmental studies that would be needed. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
•The Board by a vote of 8 to 0 with one conflict (Kathryn Barger) to approve a $1.376.5-billion contract with Tutor Perini/O&G to build the second phase of the Purple Line Extension between Wilshire/La Cienega Station and Century City Station. Staff reports and blog post.
•Items on the consent calendar were approved by the Board. That includes a motion calling for further study of potential Red/Purple Line street level stations in the Arts District. See this post for more about that.
•As part of his Board Chair report, John Fasana mentioned Metro’s service to the Women’s March on Saturday. “I think we provided great service, but learned some things as well.” Board Member Sheila Kuehl added, “and there were no instances of sexual harassment!”
•Metro CEO Phil Washington gave his annual State of the Agency report and CEO update. A few things that might interest you:
—He said the agency’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation has now received 54 unsolicited proposals, including nine for major capital projects. Of those, 14 are in the second phase of being reviewed and the agency will decide by the end of January whether to do more study of proposals for public-private partnerships for the Sepulveda Pass and West Santa Ana Branch (Union Station to Artesia light rail) transit projects.
—He said that Metro wants to launch studies this year for a number of projects that will receive funding from Measure M.
—He said the agency would like to study the possibility of an express train between Union Station and LAX. Readers with long memories will recall there was an alternatives analysis study done years ago on using the Harbor Subdivision for such a service. But it never went anywhere and the project never had funding.
—He said that Metro needs to improve on time performance, speed up service on the Blue and Expo Lines and needs better signalization at intersections.
—He said that the National Governor’s Association is compiling a list of infrastructure projects to submit to the Trump Administration for consideration as part of a potential federal plan to fund more projects. Among projects that meet the criteria of being at least 30 percent designed and that could begin construction in 2017 are the Airport Metro connector, the 710 South Corridor project’s first phase, SR 57/60 interchange improvements and the Purple Line Extension’s third phase.
—He said that Metro has met with the Labor Strategy Center as part of its civil rights complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation over fare enforcement and has made a settlement proposal. Among some things Metro is doing: transferring fare compliance from the Sheriff’s Department to civilian fare compliance staff and that should be complete by April, transferring jurisdiction for young offenders from Superior Court to Metro’s Transit Court, independent observations through a “mystery shopper” that Metro has hired and changing the term ‘fare enforcement’ to ‘fare compliance.’
•The Board approved development guidelines for three parcels at Mariachi Plaza Station (Gold Line) in Boyle Heights. Metro is encouraging 4o to 60 units of affordable housing and up to 12,000 square feet of commercial space, as well as open space and public art.
•The Board delayed a vote on amending Metro’s advertising policies to allow advertising on the side of Orange Line buses and Rapid Line buses.