Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor – Gateway Conference Room
1 CALL TO ORDER:
10:30 – 10:35 am Ellen Blackman, Chair
Approval of March 2017 Meeting Minutes
10:35 – 10:45 am Ellen Blackman, Chair
Service Excellence Awards
10:45 – 10:55 am Ellen Blackman, Chair
Division 8 Presentation
10:55 – 11:10 am Lorene Kelley, Metro
Wheelchair Accessibility Report
11:10 – 11:25 am Armando Roman, Metro
TAP Wristband Pilot - Feedback
11:25 – 11:35 am David Sutton, Metro
Measure M Presentation
11:35 am – 12:00 pm Kalieh Honish, Metro
8 NEW BUSINESS:
Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Ellen Blackman, Chair
9 PUBLIC COMMENT
12:15 – 12:30 pm Ellen Blackman, Chair
(2 minutes per speaker)
12:30 pm Ellen Blackman, Chair
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Members in Attendance:
Mary Helen Cruz
1. Call To Order
Chair Ellen Blackman called the meeting to order at 10:36 am.
2. Action: Approval of the March 9, 2017, Meeting Minutes
Ben Rockwell motioned to approve the minutes from the March 9, 2017, meeting. Mark Panitz seconded the motion. Ben Rockwell abstained. Minutes were approved by a majority vote.
3. Presentation of Metro Service Excellence Award
No Service Excellence Award was presented.
4. INFORMATION: Division 9 Presentation
Peter Mellon, Operations Director at Division 9 in El Monte, provided information about the division; highlighting historical milestones. Frank Chavez made comments regarding future plans and repairs for improvements at the El Monte Station. Liz Lyons and Tonni Yee-Hemphill commented on lack of signage at the station.
5. INFORMATION: Transit Security
Lieutenant Nathaniel Brown addressed the committee regarding security aboard Metro buses, rail vehicles, and facilities; explaining that the Los Angeles Police Department will be joining the Sherriff’s Department and Long Beach Police Department to bolster the security efforts undertaken by Metro’s Transit Security Team. An additional 45 fare compliance officers have been hired to ride the trains, checking for TAP cards and also checking if there are any needs or problems occurring on the trains. Lt. Brown also mentioned that the Sheriff’s Department will continue to monitor TransitWatch. Lastly, he mentioned that because many new officers are being hired, the training has been ongoing.
6. INFORMATION: TAP Wristband Pilot
David Sutton, head of the Metro TAP Department, described the TAP Wristband Pilot Program and how the wristbands work. The bands are loaded with a 30 day senior/disabled passes and work just like regular Metro TAP cards on buses and at fare gates. AAC members were instructed to use the wristbands and report their experiences. Mr. Sutton will return at the May meeting to hear feedback from the members.
7. NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda
Ellen Blackman encouraged the committee to review the Measure M guidelines that are posted on the Metro website. She also mentioned to the committee that they should be prepared to ask questions during the Measure M presentation in May.
Tonni Yee-Hemphill mentioned that there are no safety railings at the Metrolink platforms at Union Station, which is a safety concern. She also mentioned a concern about improper signage for temporary bus stops. Her concern is specific to the construction at Wilshire/Vermont area.
8. PUBLIC COMMENT
Michael Conrad stated that there is concern regarding the Access Services Free Fare Program.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:02 pm by Ellen Blackman.