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Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Agenda

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 September 13, 2018 Meeting Minutes

10:40 – 10:45 am

Frank Chavez, Chair

3

PRESENTATION: Service Excellence Awards

10:45 – 10:50 am

Frank Chavez, Chair

4

PRESENTATION: Metro Link US Project

10:50 – 11:15 am

Vincent Chio, Metro

5

PRESENTATION: MicroTransit Project

11:15 – 11:30 am

Rani Narula-Woods, Metro

Break

11:30 – 11:40 am

6

INFORMATION: New Blue Replacement Bus Service

11:40 – 11:55 am

Medford Auguste,  Metro

7

PRESENTATION: 2018 Cane Quest Event Presentation

11:55 am – 12:10 pm,

Karen Esquival-Mayes

8

NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda

12:10 – 12:15 pm

Frank Chavez, Chair

9

PUBLIC COMMENT

12:15 – 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 September 13, 2018

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:

Jared Rimer (First Vice-Chair)
Liz Lyons (Second Vice-Chair)
Ellen Blackman
Tonni Yee-Hemphill
Kathleen Barajas
Karen Esquival-Mayes
Kevin Dixon
Cynde Soto
Victor Dominguez
Frank Chavez
Blanca Angulo
Tina Foafoa

Excused:

Daniel Garcia (Chair)
Mark Panitz
Artemio Ambrosio
Linda Keeney
John Mavis

Absent:

Christine Leahey

1. CALL TO ORDER

First Vice Chair Jared Rimer called the meeting to order at 10:30 am, followed by introductions. Committee members were informed that personal care attendants are available to assist them throughout the meeting.

2. ACTION: Approval of August 2018 Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the August 2018 meeting were approved by majority vote.

3. PRESENTATION: Service Excellence Awards

The committee recognized Operator Aubrey McGlory from Division 7 and Operator Gilbert Loera from Division 3 with Service Excellence Awards for their superior performances during the securement challenge at the Accessibility Fairs and for their commitment to serving customers with disabilities. Mr. McGlory was joined by Division 7 Director Demetrius Jones to accept the award and Mr. Loera was joined by Division 3 Director Rosa Graciano.

4. ACTION: Election of 2018-2019 Officers

The committee opened up the floor to new nominations for the election of 2018-2019 Officers. These nominees were added to the ballot, along with the committee members nominated by the Nominating Subcommittee. Frank Chavez was elected as Chair, Cynde Soto was elected as First Vice-Chair, and Kathleen Barajas was elected as Second Vice-Chair.

5. INFORMATION: Accessibility Features on New Buses

Dan Levy, Chief of the Office of Civil Rights, provided an overview  regarding accessibility features on the newly procured buses. He shared that the ramp has been changed to remove the transitional bump that was at the top, which has made it difficult for some users to board and alight the bus. The ramp also now contains a self-levelling feature. Each of the stanchions in the area reserved for customers with disabilities are now knurled to assist riders with visual impairments. The backboard for rear-facing securement has been decreased in size to assist with visibility. Braille and tactile lettering will remain in the same place as before on previous builds.

MEETING BREAKS AT 11:29 A.M.; MEETING RESUMES AT 11:45 A.M.

6. PRESENTATION: Pilot Bus Walk-Thru

The committee and members of the public had the opportunity to walk through a prototype of the proposed buses. Comments for improvements included limiting the knurled stanchions to only the reserved areas of the buses and the inclusion of stop request buttons in more accessible locations.

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

Tonni Yee-Hemphill commented that she would like to see more effort directed towards educating young riders regarding how to be sensitive to customers with disabilities.

8. PUBLIC COMMENT

Katherine George Chu from the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities (LACCOD) thanked the committee for allowing her to be there today and see the new bus. Ms. Chu also let the committee members know that LACCOD would be hosting it’s 27 th annual Access Awards luncheon at the Omni Hotel downtown. Tickets are on sale at the LACCOD website.

9. ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 12:44 PM

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