Among the actions taken today, the Board:
The idea — a good one, I think — is to use the Olympics as a milepost to finish projects that would serve the public well before, during and after the games. Of the projects listed, 17 are already scheduled to be complete by 2028, eight have schedules that are “aspirational” and three would need new resources.
In other words, funds would need to be accelerated or found for 11 of the projects. That’s always a challenge when it comes to transportation funding, but as I’ve written in the past, the funding that does come available is to the agencies or projects that have solid plans.
Below is the project list, map and a presentation on the plan.
•Metro CEO Phil Washington during his report to the Board (begins at 15:06 mark of audio) commented briefly on the video taken on the subway earlier this week of an encounter between an LAPD officer and a young woman. “I can say a lot about this incident but I won’t because I want to respect the investigation underway,” Washington said.
Several Board Members also spoke about the incident. Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts — a former police chief — said the LAPD officer did an excellent job in a difficult situation and that the officer should not be pre-judged. “You will never have a [transit] system that you want if these officers are put in impossible situations,” Butts said.
L.A. Council Member Mike Bonin said everyone views the video through different prisms. “We had a large negative public reaction toward this video,” Bonin said. “At the same time, at Public Safety Committee, one of my [Council] colleagues testified that she’s afraid to use the Red Line with her daughter.”
That mirrors the response I’ve seen across Metro’s blog and social media, as well as comments on media articles. Some people want greater enforcement of the rules, others say enforcement is fine but situations can’t be allowed to escalate.
•Approved a motion asking Metro and Metrolink to develop a fare discount program to boost ridership on the San Bernardino Line.
•Approved two advertising contracts. The first is a 10-year contract with Outfront media to place advertising on the Metro Bus system with a guarantee of at least $262.2 million in revenues for Metro. The other is a 10-year contract with Intersection Parent, Inc. to place advertising on the Metro Rail system with a guarantee of $42.9 million in revenues for Metro.
Under the contract, digital screens with customer information will be added to the Metro Rail system, at El Monte and Harbor Gateway stations and along the Orange Line. From the staff report:
This new digital technology will include interactive screens to display customer information, system and neighborhood maps, vehicle arrival information, service alerts and disruptions, and other agency information.
Some of the displays will also provide customer amenities such as free Wi-Fi, free 911 emergency calls and other calls nationwide, USB charging stations, and neighborhood and city information on an interactive tablet.
Here are some slides about from a presentation: