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Planning & Programming Committee Agenda*

Location & Date

Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Agenda

Call to Order

Directors

Pam O’Connor, Chair
Zev Yaroslavsky, Vice Chair
Mike Bonin
Diane DuBois
Ara Najarian
Carrie Bowen, non-voting member

Officers

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

16. CONSIDER:

A. programming $1,325,000 in Measure R funds to Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) to make rail-highway grade crossing improvements at the Branford Street crossing on the Valley Subdivision; and

B. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to enter into a funding agreement with SCRRA for the Branford Street Crossing Improvements.

17. CONSIDER:

A. receiving and filing Opportunities for Smarter Sustainable Highways presentation; and

B. authorizing staff to identify $2 million in funding to be used for Metro’s participation in the South Coast Air Quality Management Districts’ Zero Emission Truck Demonstration project. [HANDOUT]

18. CONSIDER:

A. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to execute an agreement for safety and slope stability work related to the I-5/SR-14 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Direct Connector (the “Project”)  with the California Department of Transportation District 7 for an amount not to exceed $5.4 million from the Measure R I-5/SR-14 Capacity Enhancement Highway Capital Projects sub fund;

B. authorizing the CEO to execute an agreement for drainage repair work on the Project with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) for an amount not to exceed $3.75 million from the Measure R I-5/SR-14 Capacity Enhancement Highway Capital Projects sub fund; and

C. approving an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 budget in the amount of $250,000 to cover initial costs of the above projects.

18.1 MOTION BY DIRECTORS NAJARIAN AND O’CONNOR that the CEO forward a letter to Caltrans and request the following:

A. provide a justification for the requested supplemental funding of $9.2 million and explain the rationale to treat this as a “new project”;

B. provide an explanation why the construction contract was closed before the completion of the I-5/SR-14 HOV Direct Connector project;

C. compare the tasks in question to those outlined in the 12/8/09 and 1/27/10 letters from Caltrans to the MTA and explain whether there are incomplete tasks;

D. provide an explanation why the failure of the slope plant establishment due to contaminated soil issues caused by Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) were not resolved properly;

E. provide an explanation why the Metrolink drainage issues were not resolved in the design and redesign of the pile shaft to mitigate construction impacts on the tunnel, which ultimately resulted in a delay that caused a $10 million cost increase and continuous flooding of the tunnel; and

F. advise regarding the possibility of using State funds as committed by Caltrans’ ex-Construction Chief who stated there would be no more cost increases after numerous Risk Management studies were completed.

WE FURTHER MOVE that the CEO direct MTA construction staff to:

A. review the funding requests, as stated in the board report, for accuracy and necessity per the Board adopted Caltrans Cost Change Procedures;

B. examine the tasks as listed in the board report to ensure that they are not duplicative or due to unresolved TPH contaminated soil issues and Metrolink tunnel flooding issues; and

C. provide a definition of  project completion under Measure R, as adopted by the highway advisory committee.

19. CONSIDER:

A. approving the holistic countywide approach for preparing Subregional Mobility Matrices which allows for consistency in developing criteria that will be used to identify and evaluate projects; and

B. adding and hiring two Full Time Equivalents – one Transportation Planning Manager V and one Transportation Planning Manager IV in the FY 14 Countywide Planning and Development budget to manage this work effort.

20. ADOPT the policy providing for the transition of Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transportation Enhancement Activities projects from the Los Angeles County Transportation Improvement Program Call for Projects to the new State Active Transportation Program. [HANDOUT]

21. RECEIVE AND FILE report on the Los Angeles County Bus Rapid Transit and Street Design Improvement Study completed in response to the August 2011 Board motion.

22. RECEIVE AND FILE monthly status report on the Airport Metro Connector and the ongoing coordination between Metro and Los Angeles World Airports.

(ALSO ON CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE)

23. RECEIVE AND FILE the Draft First-Last Mile Strategic Plan for improving multimodal access to the fixed-guideway transit system. [HANDOUT]

(CARRIED OVER FROM JANUARY COMMITTEE CYCLE)

24. RECEIVE AND FILE Regional Rail Update through December 2013.

(CARRIED OVER FROM JANUARY COMMITTEE CYCLE)

25. RECEIVE oral report on Public-Private Partnership Program Overview.

(ALSO ON EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE)

26. 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.

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON ITEMS OF PUBLIC INTEREST WITHIN COMMITTEE’S SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION

ADJOURNMENT

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