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Planning & Programming Committee Agenda*

Location & Date

Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:30 p.m.


Call to Order


Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chair
Gloria Molina, Vice Chair
Michael D. Antonovich
John Fasana
Mel Wilson
Michael Miles, non-voting member


Arthur T. Leahy, Chief Executive Officer
Michele Jackson, Board Secretary
Karen Gorman, Ethics Officer
Karen Gorman, Acting Inspector General County Counsel, General Counsel


  1. approving additional State Route (SR-) 138 project list and funding allocations for the Measure R SR-138 Capacity Enhancements; and
  2. amending the FY13 budget to add the $4.9 million for the proposed projects with funding allocations in FY13. 


  1. amending the FY 2012-13 LACMTA Budget to add $3,000,000 from Measure R 3% Commuter Rail funds for the Rancho Vista Grade Separation Project; and
  2. authorizing the CEO to execute a MOU with the City of Palmdale for Preliminary and Final Engineering for the Rancho Vista Grade Separation Improvement Project.

18. APPROVE the proposed revised project list for the previously programmed first five years of the Measure R highway operational improvement project funding for the Arroyo Verdugo Subregion.


When Measure R was drafted, the proposed legislation included funds allocated to three Los Angeles county subregions to be used specifically for highway improvements. The "equity" funding was included in the Measure to offset the lack of major transit projects in these areas. The three subregions were defined as called out in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP): Arroyo-Verdugo (the cities of Burbank, La Canada Flintridge and Glendale), Las Virgenes/Malibu (the Las Virgenes Cog and the unincorporated area of the County) and the South
Bay COG, which includes as a member the unincorporated area of the County. The funding was based on 2000 census population for the cities and included the County.

With the 2008 passage of Measure R, MTA implemented a Highway Advisory Committee, which included stakeholders in the equity funds. This Committee was essentially involved in oversight of the eligibility of projects. The MTA Area Team staff began working directly with the cities, i.e., Burbank, Glendale and La Canada Flintridge in the Arroyo-Verdugo Subregion. A list of projects was developed, along with allocations and cashflows, which was approved by the Board for the first five years of allocations. There are signed agreements between the MTA and the three cities and projects beyond first five years have been planned.

From the inception of the Highway Advisory Committee until recently, there has been no mention of County involvement in the Arroyo Verdugo project development, allocations or cashflow projections and the LRTP does not call out the County as part of the subregion. Yet this report states that MTA staff will be coming back to the Board with a recommendation on programming projects in future years for the County from Arroyo Verdugo equity funds. This attempt at policy-making is premature, given the fact that the resent assertion regarding County eligibility has not yet been vetted legally.

MOVE that County Counsel provide the legal foundation, including specific documents, detailed descriptions, with citations, as to how, in the case of the Arroyo-Verdugo Subregion, the County should have part of any encumbered funds; and

FURTHER MOVE that any reference to staff bringing back a recommendation for future programming be struck from this report and the legality of this assertion be brought back to the Board. at the December 2012 meeting.

19. RECEIVE AND FILE Regional Rail Update through August 2012.
**NOTE: Report for Item 17 is the same as report for Item 19.

To facilitate the flow of freeway traffic and reduce congestion, it is critical that connector lanes along the US-101 and the SR-134 are implemented.
I move that the MTA Board direct the CEO to investigate the feasibility of building a connector road from US-101 northbound to SR-134 eastbound.

Growing traffic congestion in the San Fernando Valley is further constrained by limited lanes on the SR-134.
I move that the MTA Board instruct the CEO to study and make recommendations on expanding the existing two lane westbound and two lane eastbound on the SR-134 at the US-101 and SR-170 interchange to add additional two lanes in each direction within the existing right-of-way.

22. RIDLEY-THOMAS AND MOLINA MOTION that the MTA Board of Directors direct the CEO to report back at the January 2013 Metro Planning and Programming Committee in writing with recommendations along with a funding strategy and timeline for moving forward with a Rail to River Bikeway along the Metro-owned right-of-way from the Los Angeles River to the West Boulevard Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line.

23. RECEIVE AND FILE the first annual update on the implementation of the September 23, 2010 Bicycle Program Board directives and other bicycle policies and programs

24. RECEIVE AND FILE a report containing a summary of the best practices for value capture in transit agencies and a comprehensive list of value capture options for consideration in the Metro system.

25. RECEIVE AND FILE report on the Metro Freeway Beautification Pilot Project(HANDOUT)

26. RECEIVE presentation on Evacuated Tube/Personal Rapid Transit Technology.

27. RECEIVE oral report on Highway Program Project Budget and Schedule Status(HANDOUT)

28. RECEIVE report of the Chief Executive Officer.

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.