Location & DateCANCELLED
Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor,
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:30 p.m.
A. as a responsible agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessments (EIR/EA) for both the Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes for the Los Angeles County Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program (collectively, Project) as approved by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the lead agency;
B. the build or no build alternatives, the less than significant environmental effects of the Project as shown in the EIR/EAs and review the mitigation measures to be performed by LACMTA;
C. After consideration of the EIR/EAs, and other pertinent evidence in the record, pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15096(a), finding and determining, based on the LACMTA’s independent judgment and analysis and substantial evidence in the EIR/EAs and elsewhere in the record, that:
(1) The mitigation measures outlined in the EIR/EAs shall be sufficient to mitigate the consequences of the less than significant effects as set forth in the EIR/EAs and the following mitigation measures specifically to be carried out by LACMTA are adopted:
a. All revenue generated as a result of collecting tolls from single occupant vehicles (SOVs) will be reinvested into the corridor where generated. This includes transit services and operations and maintenance of the facility;(2) The EIR/EA is the proper environmental review and both EIR/EAs are adequate under CEQA for approval of the Project; and (3) Although the EIR/EAs identified community and hazardous waste impacts, it was determined in the EIR/EAs that these impacts fall below a level of significance. Since there are no significant impacts associated with the Project, a Statement of Overriding Considerations is not necessary.
b. As a part of the Project's operational plan, LACMTA will offer a toll credit in the form of a Low-Income Commuter Discount that will credit the accounts of qualifying low-income households $25 for account set-up/establishment fees that can be applied to the transponder deposit or pre-paid toll balance, and waive the monthly non-use fee for qualifying low income households (this includes Los Angeles County households (family of 3) with a yearly income of $35,000 or less); and
c. Throughout Project construction, coordination will occur with local emergency service providers to keep them informed of the Project construction schedule and any detour routes so as to avoid or minimize any impacts to emergency service response time;]
2. APPROVE the use of $20 million in Proposition C 25 percent funds for a Proposition 1B Letter of No Prejudice arrangement to be considered for approval by the California Transportation Commission on August 12, 2010.
3. CONSIDER delegating authority to the Chief Executive Officer to award Contract PS0922102333 to the successful Design-Build-Operate-Maintain bidder selected for the Metro HOT ExpressLanes Project.
4. RECEIVE AND FILE the Los Angeles County Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project status report.
Consideration of items not on the posted agenda, including: items to be presented and (if requested) referred to staff; items to be placed on the agenda for action at a future meeting of the Committee or Board; and/or items requiring immediate action because of an emergency situation or where the need to take immediate action came to the attention of the Committee subsequent to the posting of the agenda.
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