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Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) - August 2016 Agenda

Thursday, August 11, 2016 – 10:30 AM


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


CALL TO ORDER: Self-Introductions/Housekeeping Items

10:30 – 10:35 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair


ACTION: Approval of June 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes

10:35 – 10:40 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair


PRESENTATION: Metro Service Excellence Award

10:40 – 10:45 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair


INFORMATION: AAC Nomination Subcommittee Recommendation

10:45 – 10:50 am
Ben Rockwell, 2 nd Vice Chair


INFORMATION: Metro Transfer Design Study

10:50 – 11:15 am
Georgia Sheridan, Metro


INFORMATION: Accessibility Unit Update: Service Animals on Metro / Accessibility Videos

11:15 – 11:40 am
Armando Roman, Metro


INFORMATION: Expo/Uber Ridesourcing Promotional Pilot

11:40 am – 12:00 pm
Colin Peppard, Metro


NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda

12:00 – 12:15 pm
Ellen Blackman, Chair



12:15 – 12:30 pm
Ellen Blackman, Chair



12:30 pm
Ellen Blackman, Chair


Meeting Minutes for June 9, 2016
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:
Blanca Angulo
Ellen Blackman
Frank Chavez
Jeremy Congdon
Kevin Dixon
Daniel Garcia
Linda Keeney
Christine Leahey
Liz Lyons
Sherril Martin
John Mavis|
Jared Rimer
Cynde Soto
Edward Williams
Ben Rockwell
Tonni Yee-Hemphill

Angela Nwokike
Artemio Ambrosio
Mark Panitz

Mary Helen Cruz

1. Call To Order
Chair Ellen Blackman called the meeting to order at 10:30 am.

2. Action: Approval of May 12, 2016 minutes
Corrections to the May meeting minutes:
Richard Stanley, member of the public, clarified that his comment was regarding AAC member geographic representation.

Kevin Dixon motioned to approve the minutes and Frank Chavez seconded the approval. Minutes were approved, as corrected.

3. Presentation of Metro Service Excellence Award.
Ellen Blackman, AAC Chair, presented Bus Operators Henry Guillen Rafael, Michael Velasco, and David Pariente with the Service Excellence Award. The Operators each received commendations for displaying such admirable work ethics and kindness toward customers with disabilities.

4. Information: Union Station Accessibility
Kenneth Pratt, Director of Union Station Property Management, discussed the plan for improving the access of Union Station.
AAC member comments included consideration toward accessible seating areas, doors being designed with kick plates, and they shared safety concerns.

Paula Guevara, Accessibility Analyst, presented on the Wayfinder project.This technology would allow individuals to get navigational information when traveling at Union Station. Ms. Guevara reported on the plan to install Wayfinder at Union Station and later expand the project to other stations.

5. Information: Seeking Candidates for San Fernando Valley Service Council
Dolores Ramos, representative of Metro’s Regional Service Council, shared information on the San Fernando Valley Service Council. She informed the committee of the current vacancy on the service council and that individuals interested in applying should submit resumes to AAC staff.

6. Action: Selection of Nomination Subcommittee
Ellen Blackman, Chair, selected the Nomination Subcommittee. Members selected to be on the subcommittee were Ben Rockwell, Cynde Soto, and Daniel Garcia. The Nomination Subcommittee will share their recommendations at the next AAC meeting.

7. Information: Accessibility Unit Update – Overview of Riders Guide for Customers with Disabilities
Darlene Williams, Accessibility Analyst, presented Metro’s accessibility video titled, “A Customers View”. She asked members to share ideas on information that would be helpful to include in the new Riders Guide for Customers with Disabilities. AAC Members suggested adding visual graphics, maps, and provided input on the size of the printed material.

Ms. Williams asked members to share any further recommendations regarding the Riders Guide with AAC staff.

8. Information: Construction Update of New Union Station East Passenger Pick-up/Drop-off
Steve Jaffe, Deputy Executive Officer of General Services, reported on the construction project to improve the bus transit plaza and the plan to separate the passenger cars from the buses. Mr. Jaffe reported that the Patsaouras Plaza would be closed to all vehicles through July 11, 2016 until October 10, 2016. He reported on the passenger pick up/drop off location that will open July 9, 2016. Access Services will have a designated location in the parking garage.

9. New Business: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda
Joanna Lemus, Accessibility Administrator, shared follow up information regarding a presentation from the May AAC meeting by Brian Oh from the Vision Zero project. Mr. Oh asked that the AAC be informed that future data on collisions will begin to track AM/PM collisions and a request has been made to include information on individuals involved having a disability.

Daniel Garcia commented on the need to add more accessible entrances for the fare gates at rail stations.

10. Public Comment
Daniel Garcia commented on the Expo line being accessible and commended all that were involved in the planning of the extension to Santa Monica.

11. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 12:28 p.m.