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AGENDA

Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)

One Gateway Plaza
3rd 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 and November 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes

10:40 – 10:45 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

3

PRESENTATION: Certificates of Appreciation

10:45 – 10:50 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

4

PRESENTATION: Retreat Opening Words by Chairman

10:50 – 11:00 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

5

DISCUSSION: Retreat Activity

11:00 – 11:20 am
Frank Chavez, Chair

6

DISCUSSION: Committee’s 2018 Accomplishments and 2019 Goals

11:20 – 11:40 am

LUNCH BREAK

11:40 – 12:10 pm
Frank Chavez, Chair

7

INFORMATION: FY19 Section 5310
Grants Working Group

12:10 pm – 12:15 pm
Anne Flores, Metro Ruben Cervantes, Metro

8

NEW BUSINESS: Raised
Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda

12:15 – 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 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 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. 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

Meeting Minutes for November 8, 2018

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)
Ellen Blackman
Tonni Yee-Hemphill
Karen Esquival-Mayes
Kevin Dixon
Tina Foafoa
Mark Panitz
Jared Rimer

Excused:

Daniel Garcia
Artemio Ambrosio
Linda Keeney
John Mavis
Blanca Angulo

Absent:

Christine Leahey
Victor Dominguez
Liz Lyons

1.  CALL TO ORDER

Chairperson Frank Chavez called the meeting to order at 10:30 am, followed by introductions. Committee members were informed that personal care attendants are available to assist throughout the meeting.

2. ACTION: Approval of September 2018 Meeting Minutes Approval of the minutes from the September 2018 meeting were postponed due to lack of a quorum.

3.  PRESENTATION: Service Excellence Awards

Lorene Kelley, Director of Transportation Operations at LA Metro Division 13, introduced herself and Operator Miguel Hernandez, who valiantly assisted a customer aboard his bus who was having a seizure. The committee acknowledged Operator Hernandez for his quick thinking and compassion by awarding him the Service Excellence recognition.

4.  PRESENTATION: Metro Link US Project

Vincent Chio, Director of Regional Rail Engineering, briefed the committee regarding the Link Union Station Project which aims to improve the station to make sure it serves the present and future needs of transit users in Los Angeles. Improvements will include cessation of stop-ended configuration for incoming and outgoing trains, the creation of a rail bridge over the 101 freeway, an improved passenger concourse, replacement of ramps with escalators and elevators, and infrastructure improvements to accommodate future high speed rail projects. A sign-up sheet to receive further information regarding the project was passed around to the committee members.

5.  PRESENTATION: Micro Transit Project

Rani Narula-Woods, from the Office of Extraordinary Innovation, briefed the committee regarding the proposed Micro Transit project that the agency is currently undertaking. Metro is exploring options for providing short 20 minute trips for customers via shared vehicles. These vehicles would provide point to point transportation as well as links to other Metro services. Several private sector companies are being tested by Metro for possible use. Ultimately, the service would function similarly to other private ride sharing apps but would provide the benefits of a Metro service such as accountability, safety, and security.

MEETING BREAKS AT 11:34 A.M.; MEETING RESUMES AT 11:40 A.M.

6.  INFORMATION: New Blue Replacement Bus Service

Ayda Safaei from Metro Community Relations briefed the committee regarding the temporary bus service that is scheduled to replace the train service provided by the Metro Blue line. Station improvements, upgrades to the train tracks, overhead power lines, signage, and landscaping will begin in January of 2019. During the maintenance period train service along the blue line will be replaced with shuttle service which will stop at each of the closed stations along the blue line route to pick up patrons. An abbreviated service which only stops at the busiest stations will also be available as well as an express service that will focus on the stations in Long Beach and Downtown LA with no other stops in between.

7. PRESENTATION: Cane Quest 2018 Event Presentation Karen Esquivel Mayes presented a video to the committee which was recorded at the 2018 Cane Quest event, sponsored by Braille Institute. The event consisted of orientation and mobility contests for students in grades three through twelve who are blind or visually impaired. Contestants compete in three distinct skill categories and are challenged to demonstrate fundamental orientation skills, mobility skills, and travel techniques necessary to navigate the sighted world they live in. Metro participates in the event by providing buses for the contestants to use in demonstrating their abilities. Karen thanked Metro staff for their assistance and support and reported that the 2018 event was a success.

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

Armando Roman from LA Metro updated the committee regarding the work of the bylaw subcommittee.

Karen Esquivel-Mayes asked if Metro has any information regarding the electric scooters that have been appearing throughout the city. Benjamin Alcazar from Metro explained that Metro is not involved with the scooters. Karen also explained that there is an organization that provides assistance for the blind and visually impaired via connected glasses that allow a third party to view their surroundings and give audio instructions to the user. She suggested that Metro take a look at working with that organization.

9.  PUBLIC COMMENT

Kathleen Barajas thanked Metro for providing free transportation to the polls on Election Day.

Mark Panitz asked for clarification regarding eating food during meetings. Armando Roman from Metro explained that there is nothing in the bylaws preventing members of the committee from eating during meetings.

Wanda Johnson, member of the public explained that she is an advocate for people with disabilities and would like to she would like to look into committee membership and assist with outreach to the African-American community within Los Angeles County.

10.     ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 12:23 PM

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