The Metro Board of Directors will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. In order to comply with local and state directives limiting the number of people that can gather, the Board will forgo holding meetings at Metro headquarters and is instead holding a meeting online.
An audio stream of the meeting will be accessible at http://boardagendas.metro.net or by phone by calling 213-306-3065 and entering the meeting ID# 263 641 558.
The public can comment on individual agenda items during the meeting through the live stream site at http://boardagendas.metro.net.
Links to staff reports for all items on the agenda can be found here. The Crenshaw/LAX Line items on funding and the project’s schedule that was heard in committees last week will be considered in May at the request of Board Members.
Among some of the more noteworthy items to be considered by the Board:
•The Board will consider increasing the life-of-budget of the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project by $19 million, in part to pay for increased acquisition costs of part of the adjacent Kenneth Hahn shopping center. Staff report
•The Board will consider approving the G Line (Orange) Terminus Improvements project for North Hollywood Station and exempting it from state environmental review. The project would add a second portal to the Red Line, more bus bays for both the G Line and local buses and infrastructure to support electrifying the line. Staff report
•The Board will consider programming $50 million in Metro-controlled funds for the 710 Clean Truck Program. This is part of the project to ease congestion and reduce pollution on the southern part of the 710 between the ports and rail yards. The idea is to help develop and incentivize zero or near-zero emission truck technology and recharging equipment to be used by private industry. To put it another way, wonky but important stuff. Staff report
•The Board will consider approving a five year, $26.9-million contract with Joe’s Auto Parks to manage Metro’s parking facilities. Staff are also seeking approval to raise Union Station parking fees at Union Station as per the chart below. Staff report
•The Board will also consider a motion that would:
A. Provide free parking for transit patrons at Metro parking facilities with 30% or below capacityon Saturday, Sunday and Federally Observed Holidays.B. Union Station and any Metro parking facilities that have special arrangements/contracts withmunicipalities or local jurisdictions for public parking or other non-transit parking use are exemptfrom this motion.
•The Board will consider a motion that would reallocate $853,000 in funds from a Transit Oriented Communities Small Business fund to a TOC Small Business Loan Recovery Program. Motion
•The Board will consider approving a five year, $26.9-million contract with Joe’s Auto Parks to manage Metro’s parking facilities. Staff are also seeking approval to raise Union Station parking fees at Union Station as per the chart below. Staff report (11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 16).
•The Board will consider authorizing Metro to execute an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (“ENA”) with Watts Station LP for the development of 3.67 acres of Metro-owned property at the 103rd St/Watts Towers Station (“Site”) for 18 months with the option to extend up to 30 months.