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Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), June 13, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 10:30 AM

Agenda

Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
One Gateway Plaza
3 rd Floor – Union Station Conference Room

1. CALL TO ORDER:
Member and Staff Introductions
Housekeeping Items
10:30 – 10:40 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

2 ACTION:
Approval of May 9, 2019
Meeting Minutes
10:40 – 10:45 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

3 PRESENTATION:
Appreciation Award for Dan Levy
10:45 – 10:50 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

4 PRESENTATION:
ButterFLi FlexLA Wav Program
10:50 – 11:05 am
Krishna Tabor, Butterfli

5 PRESENTATION:
Long Range Transportation Plan
11:05 – 11:20 am
David Lor and Mark Yamarone, Metro

6 INFORMATION:
Feedback on Via Service
11:20 – 11:40 am
Emma Huang, Metro

BREAK
11:40 – 11:50 am

7 PRESENTATION:
New Mobility Endeavours
11:50 -  12:10 pm
Marie Sullivan, Metro

8 NEW BUSINESS:
Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda
12:10 – 12:20 pm
Frank Chavez, Chair

9 PUBLIC COMMENT
12:20 – 12:30 pm
Frank Chavez, Chair
(2 minutes per speaker)

10 ADJOURNMENT
12:30 pm
Frank Chavez, Chair

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Meeting Minutes for May 9, 2019
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:
Frank Chavez (Chair)
Cynde Soto (First Vice-Chair)
Kathleen Barajas (Second Vice-Chair)
Jared Rimer
Mark Panitz
Karen Esquival-Mayes
Kevin Dixon
Victor Dominguez
Tina Foafoa
Linda Keeney
John Mavis
Tonni Yee-Hemphill
Liz Lyons
Blanca Angulo
Patrick Burke
Ellen Blackman

Excused:
Artemio Ambrosio
Ben Rockwell

Absent:
Christine Leahey
Laura Parra

1. CALL TO ORDER

Chairperson Frank Chavez called the meeting to order at 10:29 am, followed by a welcome and introductions. Committee members were informed of the conduct expectations and that personal care attendants are available to assist throughout the meeting.

2. ACTION: Approval of May 2019 Minutes

The minutes from the May 2019 meeting were approved by majority vote. Ellen Blackman was erroneously listed as absent in the May 2019 minutes. The record has been corrected to denote her attendance.

3. PRESENTATION: Service Excellence Awards

The Accessibility Advisory Committee presented a Service Excellence Award to Operator Arturo Torres from Division 1. Mr. Torres was nominated for the award by committee member Blanca Angulo who has witnessed the Operator going the extra mile for customers on several occasions.

4. PRESENTATION: Customer Safety on Metro Rail

Aaron Beckett from Metro Central Rail Instruction presented to the committee regarding best practices for maintaining safety while aboard Metro rail. Mr. Beckett relayed information regarding safety features aboard Metro rail cars to the committee. These features include in-car passenger intercom communication systems, surveillance cameras, and emergency door releases. Gates have been installed at all rail crossings, and rail platforms feature between car barriers, surveillance cameras, emergency telephones, and tactile stripping to indicate the platform edge. Mr. Beckett recommended that all committee members download the LA Metro Transit Watch app to report any incidents they may personally encounter. Incidents may also be reported by telephone at 888-950-SAFE (7233).

5. PRESENTATION: Update on Link US Project

Danielle Valentino and Kunle Ogunrinde from the Community Relations department at Metro joined the committee meeting to relay an update regarding the Link US project which seeks to redesign aspects of Union Station to address the forecasted increase in ridership, expand regional rail connectivity, and create potential opportunities for transit-oriented development. Kunle relayed to the committee that the draft environmental document for the Link US project was released to the public in January of 2019, with a call for feedback. Respondents overwhelmingly rejected the proposed above grade concourse, which has now been removed from the plan. Other feedback received from the public will be considered and determinations made regarding implementation. Construction will be done in several stages and will include signal and communication upgrades to the station. Funding will originate from various sources including the State Transit and Intercity Rail Capital program, high speed rail funding, Measure R, as well as other yet to be determined funding initiatives. Martin Ramirez, an architectural consultant working on the Link US project explained to the committee that Accessibility has taken a priority with the project and all construction will adhere to the latest California building code standards.

MEETING BREAKS AT 11:05 A.M.; MEETING RESUMES AT 11:14 A.M.

6. PRESENTATION: Wayfindr Update

Armando Roman from Metro and Yannis Psomadakis from Wayfindr addressed the committee regarding the Wayfindr project. Armando began the presentation by screening a short feature produced by Spectrum news reporting on LA Metro’s progress with the Wayfindr project. Armando reiterated the scope of the project to the committee and relayed that the feedback from the trial participants was overwhelmingly positive. LA Metro will continue to work with Wayfindr to explore its viability as a feasible audio navigation system which will be available to Metro customers at Union Station and other Metro rail stations.

7. NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda

No new business was raised.

8. PUBLIC COMMENT

Tonni Yee Hemphill expressed that she recommends all committee members keep an eye on their valuables.

9. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 12:10 PM.

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