Preview of January meeting of Metro Board of Directors

The Metro Board of Directors will hold their first meeting of the full Board of 2023 this Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. The full agenda with links to staff reports is here. A link will also appear on that same page to watch/listen to the livestream shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday.

For those who want to provide public comment, here are the instructions:

Live public comment can only be given by telephone.

The Board Meeting begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on January 26, 2023; you may join the call 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

Dial-in: 888-251-2949 and enter

English Access Code: 8231160#

Spanish Access Code: 4544724#

Public comment will be taken as the Board takes up each item. To give public  comment on an item, enter #2 (pound-two) when prompted. 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.

Instrucciones para comentarios publicos en vivo:

Los comentarios publicos en vivo solo se pueden dar por telefono.

La Reunion de la Junta comienza a las 10:00 AM, hora del Pacifico, el 26 de Enero de 2023. Puedes unirte a la llamada 5 minutos antes del comienso de la junta.

Marque: 888-251-2949 y ingrese el codigo

Codigo de acceso en ingles: 8231160#

Codigo de acceso en espanol: 4544724#

Los comentarios del público se tomaran cuando se toma cada tema. Para dar un comentario público sobre una tema ingrese # 2 (Tecla de numero y dos) cuando se le solicite. Tenga en cuenta que la transmisión de video en vivo se retrasa unos 30 segundos con respecto a la reunión real. No hay retraso en la línea de acceso telefónico para comentarios públicos.

Among some of the more noteworthy items on this month’s agenda:

•The Board will receive-and-file a staff report on Metro’s end-of-line policy — i.e. our policy to ask riders to leave trains when trains go out of service at our 13 terminus stations at the end of each night to return to rail yards for overnight maintenance and cleaning.

Some riders who leave the trains are unhoused — raising concerns in communities where those stations are located. Our staff report discusses potential strategies Metro will explore to better connect unhoused riders to services and shelter including: closer coordination and partnership opportunities with local agencies and cities; Identify possible locations for pilot service hubs for unhoused riders, and; studying practices by other agencies who face similar challenges.

The staff report and the issue was discussed in the Board’s Executive Management Committee — you can watch/listen to that discussion here. The discussion begins at the 24:43 mark.

Metro staff will report back on this issue in April.

•The Board will consider a motion for Metro to amend its Code of Conduct and public communications to better clarify that the use and/or sale of drugs is illegal on the system. Motion

•The Board will consider approving entering into a Master Cooperative Agreement with the city of Inglewood for the Inglewood Transit Connector project. The project aims to build a 1.8-mile people mover between the K Line’s Downtown Inglewood Station, the Kia Forum, SoFi Stadium and the Intuit Dome (the Clippers new arena).

The agreement spells out how Metro and the city of Inglewood will work together on issues including real estate, right-of-way, design, construction, safety and quality. The agreement does not require Metro to make capital contributions to the project. Staff report

•The Board will consider approving a $293.6-million funding agreement with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments for the project to improve the oft-congested 57/60 interchange. Staff report and project website

•The Board will consider approving a $484,000 advertising purchase at the E (Expo) Line’s Culver City Station. HBO’s office is adjacent to the station. Staff report

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