The Metro Board of Directors met for the final time in 2020 last Thursday. Video of the meeting, which clocked in at a sleek 4 hours and 47 minutes, is above, as is the agenda. This page has links to all agenda items, too. The official item-by-item recap is at the bottom of this post.
•The Board approved — and had deservedly kind words for — 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 Board certified and approved 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.
The Board also approved a 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 approved 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 please…the blissfully sensible Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. 🙌 Staff report
•The Board received an oral report and presentation on construction progress for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.
•The Board received an oral report and presentation on the agency’s pandemic Recovery Task Force final recommendations.
•The Board approved 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 approved 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.
Below is the official recap: