Preview of Metro Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25

The Metro Board of Directors meets at 10 a.m. this Thursday, August 25, for its regular monthly meeting. The agenda is above. You can also peruse through the agenda, staff reports and attachments on this page on A link to the meeting’s live webstream will appear on that page shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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–Live public comment can only be given by telephone.

–The Board Meeting begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on August 25, 2022; you may join the call 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

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Among some of the more interesting items this month:

–The Board will consider adopting draft guidelines for the Measure M policy that calls for jurisdictions to contribute 3% of the cost of Metro transit projects within their boundaries. The new guidelines are intended to help jurisdictions fulfill that requirement. Staff report

–The Board will consider approval of a $44-million contract with Valley Transit Partners for pre-construction services on the G Line Improvements Project. The proposed upgrades to the busway include a bridge over Van Nuys and Sepulveda boulevards, new traffic signal priority technology and railroad-style gates at key intersections to reduce accidents and speed up buses. Staff report

–The Board will consider approval of a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with SMART, the union that represents bus and rail operators and schedule analysts. Staff report

–The Board will consider approval of a $499,000 contract modification to replace the final 600 fabric seats on our subway vehicles for the B/D Lines with vinyl seats. We’ve so far replaced 9,600 seats with vinyl, which is easier to maintain and clean. The contract modification will also supply additional vinyl seats as needed. Staff report

–The Board will consider approval of a supplemental analysis for the Rail to River Project that includes the recommendation to keep Randolph Street as the preferred alignment. The project is building a new pedestrian and bike path. The first phase is called Rail to Rail and will run from the K Line’s Fairview Heights Station to the A Line’s Slauson Station. This section broke ground earlier this summer. The second phase – called Rail to River – will run from Slauson Station to the L.A. River. In total, the new trail will be 10 miles long and will make it nicer and safer for walkers and cyclists to travel east-west in South L.A. to reach the K Line, J Line, A Line and many other bus lines, as well as the future West Santa Ana Branch light rail project. Staff report

–The Board will consider approval of a public-private partnership agreement with PCS Energy LLC for the amount of $1 million to install solar panels on the rail car maintenance facility to be built in Van Nuys as part of the light rail project between Van Nuys and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station (the project’s formal name is the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor). Having a public-private partnership as part of the project makes it eligible for a Federal Transit Administration grant of $908 million. The solar panels are expected to provide 70 percent of the power needed to run the maintenance facility. Staff report

–The Board will consider approval of a $7.99-million pre-construction services contract with Flatiron-Myers Joint Venture for the I-105 ExpressLanes project. The Measure M project will convert the existing HOV Lane to an ExpressLane and add a second ExpressLane on the 105 in both directions between the 405 and Studebaker Road in Norwalk. The first phase of the project will be between the 405 and 110. Staff report

–The Board will consider adopting findings that will allow the Metro Board to continue meeting virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Board has met virtually since March 2020. Staff report


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  1. 105 Express Lanes – the $800m project no one ever asked for and no one wants. Almost a worse idea than letting people who can afford electric cars in the carpool lanes. The Valley busway upgrades are great though.