Preview of December meeting of the Metro Board of Directors

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The Metro Board of Directors meets for the final time in 2020 at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. The agenda is above. This page has links to all agenda items, too.

As has been case since last spring, the meeting will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch the livestream here and a recording will be archived if you want to view at a later date.

To offer live public comment:

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–To give public comment on an item, enter #2 (pound two) when that item is taken up by the Board. Please note that the live video feed lags about 30 seconds behind the actual meeting. There is no lag on the public comment dial-in line.
The 13-member Board will have some turnover after this meeting. Metro Board Member John Fasana — who has been a Board Member since Metro’s founding in 1993 — is retiring after this meeting and will be replaced with a representative from the San Gabriel Valley. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served on the Board briefly in 1993 and since late 2008, was elected to the Los Angeles City Council last month. He will be replaced next month by Supervisor-elect Holly Mitchell, who is currently a State Senator.
Among the items before the Board on Thursday:

•The Board will consider approving Metro’s 2020 Customer Experience Plan — read and download it here.

From the staff report: “The purpose of the 2020 [Customer Experience] Plan is to take an honest look at pain points riders tell us about, and to make improvements that are responsive to those issues. The Plan examines 10 areas for improvement, ranging from service reliability to how Metro addresses homelessness.”

The plan ties together many different ongoing efforts across many different Metro departments. Among the many — some new ideas on how best to connect homeless who use the Metro system to social services they need and a pilot elevator attendant program. And there are deadlines!
Below are the recommendations, which I think cover the vast majority of concerns that we hear on The Source and our social media channels:

 

•The Board will consider certifying and approving the Final Environmental Impact Report for the East San Fernando Light Rail Project, which will build an 8.5-mile rail line with 14 stations between the Van Nuys G Line (Orange) station and the San Fernando/Sylmar Metrolink Station. The FEIR includes an option to build the project in phases. Staff report and Source post.

There is also a Board motion calling for Metro staff to develop an updated traffic and safety study in the portion of the project that is in the city of San Fernando and runs alongside Metrolink’s Antelope Valley tracks.

•The Board will consider approving the first/last mile plan for the East San Fernando Light Rail Project and returning to the Board with a report on implementation guidelines. Staff report and recent Source post.

•The Board will consider approving the following names for stations on the first section of the D Line (Purple) Extension at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. The official station names will be…drum roll…Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. ? Staff report

•The Board will receive an oral report and presentation on construction progress for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

•The Board will receive an oral report and presentation on the agency’s pandemic Recovery Task Force final recommendations.

•The Board will consider approving a motion by several Board Members calling for Metro staff to develop a mobility concept plan for the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics to be held in the Los Angeles area. The plan would include potential permanent transportation improvements, including potential bus lanes, a transit connector to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood (where many events will be held) and first/last mile improvements around event sites, among other items.

•The Board will consider approving a motion by several Board Members asking for Metro staff to report back on the possibility of using buses with doors on the left side of vehicle — instead of the right side. Context: Metro is studying several bus rapid transit projects and buses with doors on the left or both sides have more flexibility when it comes to building stations. For example, a station platform in the middle of a street could serve buses going in both directions if buses had doors on the left side.

2 replies

  1. Why on earth does it take 4 years for a team of 5 people with a team of consultants to produce a single first last mile plan?