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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Actions taken today by the Metro Board of Directors


By Steve Hymon, October 2, 2014

A few highlights from the meeting (agenda here) of the Metro Board of Directors on Oct. 2, 2014:

•Item 7: The Board approved a lease with Eric Needleman and Cedd Moses for a new gastropub for the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station. Staff report and earlier Source post.

•Items 5 and 6: The Board also approved leases for two kiosks in Union Station’s East Portal. One will serve bento boxes and the other kiosk will offer coffee.

•Item 23: The Board approved moving ahead with the design and environmental review of a new portal and pedestrian passageway between 7th/Metro Center Station and the shopping center across 7th Street now known as The Bloc. In plain English, this project will add an entrance to the busy 7th/Metro Center from the south side of 7th Street. Staff report

•Item 20: The Board approved a budget of $1.4 million to add approximately 200 parking spaces at the Red Line’s North Hollywood Station using “temporary parking surface material” in order to lower the cost and make the project more feasible. Staff report

•Item 77: The Board approved calling the new 788 Rapid Bus between the San Fernando Valley and Westwood the “Valley Westside Express” — the bus will use the HOV lanes on the 405 freeway to get across the Sepulveda Pass. Please see this earlier Source post for a map of the service, which begins Dec. 15.

•Items 74 and 75: The Board approved motions by Members Ara Najarian and Pam O’Connor calling for Metro to incorporate the names of two Board Members — Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina — into the names of the North Hollywood and East Los Angeles Civic Center stations, respectively. Item 74, Item 75 and earlier Source post.

•Item 26: The Board approved a schedule to update the Metro’s long-range transportation plan to incorporate projects for a potential ballot measure in 2016. Under the schedule, a draft expenditure plan and potential ordinance would be ready for Board review between March and May 2015. Staff report

•Item 72: The Board gave approval for Metro to begin seeking a federal New Starts grant of $1.146 billion and federal TIFIA loan of $307 million to help fund the second phase of the Purple Line Extension between Wilshire/La Cienega and the Century City station at Avenue of the Stars/Constellation. Metro hopes to use the money to complete the second phase by 2025, one year ahead of the agency’s long-range plan schedule. Staff report

•Item 57: The Board approved a motion directing Metro to create a $10-million pilot program for a “business interruption fund” to help small firms whose businesses suffer as a result of construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the first phase of the Purple Line Extension and the Regional Connector. Motion

•Item 83: The Board approved a motion to direct Metro staff to continue working with DTLA Arts District residents for design improvements to a new subway maintenance building that will be adjacent to a new park under the new Sixth Street Viaduct. Several Arts District residents in public testimony said they were not happy with progress on the redesign. Motion
•Item 78: The Board approved a “resolution of necessity” to begin eminent d
omain proceedings to acquire 25 properties needed for construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Owners of the properties either have not accepted a written offer from Metro or have not reached a negotiated sales price with the agency. Staff report