Metro’s Board of Directors meets at 10 a.m. this Thursday, August 25 for its regular monthly meeting. The agenda is above. You can also browse the agenda, staff reports and attachments on this page on metro.net. A link to the live web stream of the meeting will appear on this page shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.
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Among some of the most interesting articles this month:
–Council will consider adopting interim guidelines for the Measure M policy which asks jurisdictions to contribute 3% of the cost of metro transit projects within their boundaries. The new guidelines aim to help jurisdictions meet this requirement. Staff report
–The Commission will consider approval of a $44 million contract with Valley Transit Partners for pre-construction services for the G Line Improvement Project. Proposed improvements to the bus lane include a bridge over the Van Nuys and Sepulveda Boulevards, new traffic light priority technology and rail-style gates at key intersections to reduce accidents and speed up buses. Staff report
–The Board of Directors will consider approving a $499,000 contract amendment to replace the last 600 fabric seats on our B/D line metro vehicles with vinyl seats. So far, we have replaced 9,600 seats with vinyl, which is easier to maintain and clean. The contract amendment will also provide additional vinyl seating as needed. Staff report
– The Agency will consider approval of an additional analysis for the Rail to River project which includes the recommendation to retain Randolph Street as the preferred alignment. The project consists of building a new pedestrian and cycle path. The first phase is called Rail to Rail and will run from Fairview Heights station on line K to Slauson station on line A. This section was inaugurated earlier this summer. The second phase – called Rail to River – will run from Slauson Station to the LA River. In total, the new trail will be 10 miles long and will make it easier and safer for walkers and cyclists to travel east to west in South Los Angeles to reach the K Line, J Line, Line A and many other bus lines, as well as the future West Santa Ana Branch light rail project. Staff report
–The Board will consider approving a public-private partnership agreement with PCS Energy LLC for $1 million to install solar panels on the railcar maintenance facility to be built in Van Nuys as part of of the Light Rail Project between Van Nuys and Sylmar/San Fernando Metro Station (the official name of the project is the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor). Having a public-private partnership on the project makes it eligible for a $908 million Federal Transit Administration grant. The solar panels are expected to provide 70% of the energy required to operate 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 express lane and add a second express lane on the 105 in both directions between the 405 and Studebaker Road in Norwalk. The first phase of the project will be between 405 and 110. Staff Report
–Council will consider adopting conclusions that will allow the Metro Board to continue to meet virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Board has met virtually since March 2020. Rating report