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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Roundup of today’s Metro Board of Directors meeting


By Steve Hymon, February 26, 2015

Below are some of the highlights from this morning’s meeting of the Metro Board of Directors. The full agenda is here.

One of the New Flyer buses recently put into service in front of Metro HQ. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
One of the New Flyer buses recently put into service in front of Metro HQ. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

•Item 23. The Board approved exercising an option with New Flyer to purchase an additional 350 new buses for $195 million on top of the 55o previously ordered. These buses will replace 40-foot buses due to reach the end of their useful lives with expiring compressed natural gas fuel tanks; it’s illegal to continue to operate such buses and most will be 14- or 15-years-old by the time they’re retired. This option is part of an ongoing Metro bus replacement project with some of the New Flyer buses being put into service in recent months.

•Item 21. The Board approved a motion by four Board members (Eric Garcetti, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Don Knabe and James Butts) asking Metro to study possibly extending the Silver Line south to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Silver Line’s current last stop in the South Bay is the Harbor Gateway Transit Center. The motion also asks Metro staff to study ways to improve transfers to the Silver Line from Metro Bus Lines 246 and 344.

•Item 50. The Metro Board heard an oral presentation on the agency’s latest customer survey, which included a question about sexual harassment experienced by bus and train riders. Twenty-two percent of riders reported experiencing some unwanted form of sexual behavior.

Metro officials said that the agency has a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual harassment and is a preparing a public awareness campaign with the group Peace Over Violence and working with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to better police the system and crack down on harassment.

Several Board Members voiced their concern over the issue while recognizing it’s hardly limited to transit. Board Member Sheila Kuehl said that a staff member had recently been harassed on an escalator in a Metro station. Staff report and recent Source post with reader comments.

•Item 52. The Board approved a motion by Board Members Michael D. Antonovich and Hilda Solis asking Metro staff to develop a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to Red Light violations by Metro trains (i.e. trains not stopping at train signals telling them to stop). The motion also asks Metro to hire an independent consultant to study the issue and determine its root cause. There have been 38 Red Light violations in the past 24 months, according to Metro data.

•Item 12. The Board approved seeking funds from the California cap-and-trade program for two projects: 1) Improvements to the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station on the Blue Line, along with Blue Line signal and track upgrades to improve rail service, and; 2) Track improvements to the Red/Purple Line adjacent to Union Station that would allow trains to enter and exit the station more quickly. Staff report

•The Board approved a motion by three Board Members (Eric Garcetti, Diane DuBois and Don Knabe) to rename the Division 3 bus yard in Cypress Park to “Leahy Division 3″ as a tribute to the family of outgoing Metro CEO Art Leahy. Art’s parents both worked in transit and drove streetcars and met at Division 3 in the years after World War II. Art was born in 1949 and later became a bus operator with the RTD before jobs as CEO of OCTA, General Manager of Metro Transit in the Twin Cities and then CEO of Metro for the past six years. Art’s wife and brother are also transit veterans with many years of service. Here’s a good Steve Lopez column that ran recently in the LAT about Art.

The 710 Question--Video by Joe Cano

710 Freeway Gap: What's Your Opinion

From Steve Madison, Pasadena City Councilperson, February 26, 2015

The publication Westways (March/April 2015, page 12) has a short article of interest that requests our opinion on the 710 Freeway Gap.

“…The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Caltrans conducted a study of a 100-square mile area to explore options that would address the problem and reduce traffic congestion.  Ideas include an underground freeway tunnel, a light-rail-line, express bus service, upgrading surface streets, or leaving things as they are.”
Metro is seeking our input on ways to address safety, traffic and transportation in the area that  affects District 6, Pasadena and neighboring communities.  It’s important that you express your opinions now at  metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations.


  From Sylvia Plummer, February 26, 2015

The League of Women Voters from the Pasadena Area are hosting a forum.


Location:  Cal State Los Angeles

  Please make plans to attend this important Forum on the SR-710 Tunnels.
Monday, March 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Parking:  Park in Lot 5, you must purchase a parking permit from the yellow permit dispensers.  The dispensers accept cash and credit cards.

You will need to register for the event. 

Please wear your NO 710 t-shirts or a red shirt.  We will have NO710 buttons to pass out.

Here's the flyer:

Monday March 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
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Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom, 3rd floor
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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SR-710 North - Extend or Not? #SR710NForum

We invite you to join with the many residents commuters, and other stakeholders in the region who are seeking an opportunity to learn more about all aspects of this complicated and far-reaching issue.

The Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. and the League of Women Voters of Pasadena are committed to providing high quality civic education experiences to the people of Los Angeles County.

Please plan to attend Monday, March 9th for #SR710NForum.

Event details:
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Program 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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We look forward to seeing you at the #SR710NForum!
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League of Women Voters Pasadena

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