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Planning & Programming Committee Agenda*

Location & Date

Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:00 p.m.


Call to Order


Pam O'Connor, Chair
Zev Yaroslavsky, Vice Chair
Diane DuBois
John Fasana
Richard Katz
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. CONSIDER the following actions related to the State Route 126/Commerce Center Drive Interchange Improvement Project:
    1. approving an exchange of up to $41 million in federal Surface Transportation Program-Local (STP-L) funds for unrestricted, non-federal funds with County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (LACDPW);
    2. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to:
      1. negotiate and execute an exchange agreement with LACDPW for the funds approved herein;
      2. place funds received from LACDPW in an interest-bearing account for pass-through allocations to participating local
        agencies for STP-L eligible projects, with a two percent (2%) administrative fee that LACMTA would charge; and
      3. negotiate and execute agreements with participating local agencies, so as to ensure that the unrestricted funds being made available are properly administered, used on STP-L eligible projects in a timely fashion, and expended within three years of executing the agreements; and
    3. receiving and filing a status report on the previously Board approved $20.6 million exchange with LACDPW for the Interstate 5/Hasley Canyon Road Interchange Project.
    1. certifying the Revised Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (FEIR/EA) for the Wilshire BRT Project;
    2. adopting:
      1. Alternative A-1, Truncated Project with Reduced Length Bus Lanes Between Comstock Avenue and Selby Avenue as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA);
      2. Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Consideration; and
    3. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to File a Notice of Determination.
  3. AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer to award and execute Contract No. PS 4010-2178-11-xx-xx with Cambridge Systematics, Inc, to provide professional services to conduct a feasibility study, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments ITS Implementation Plan for Goods Movement, for an amount not to exceed $2,489,063. Final contract value is subject to the completion of a pre-award audit and corresponding negotiation currently underway. In the event an agreement cannot be reached with the recommended proposer, staff will proceed to the next highest evaluated proposer.
    1. approving $1.474 billion in FY 2012 Transit Fund Allocations for Los Angeles County jurisdictions, transit operators and Metro operations. These allocations comply with federal and state regulations and MTA Board policies and guidelines.
      1. $56.5 million in Planning and Administrative allocations of Transportation Development Act, Proposition A, Proposition C and Measure R.
      2. $1.028 billion in Bus Transit Subsidies.
      3. $0.389 billion in Population Based Allocations and Proposition A Incentive Programs.
    2. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to adjust FY2012 Federal Section 5307 allocations upon receipt of final apportionment from the Federal Transit Authority;
    3. approving fund exchange of Santa Monica's Blue Bus for FY2012 Federal Section 5307 formula share allocation with Metro's TDA Article 4 revenues. The estimated amount is $8.9M annually which will be disbursed in FY2013;
    4. approving $600K fund exchange of Long Beach Transit's FY 2012 Federal Section 5307 allocation for Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium training program with Metro's TDA Article 4 revenues;
    5. adopting a resolution designating TDA and STA fund allocation compliance to the terms and conditions of the allocation; and
    6. upon approval, authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate and execute all necessary agreements to implement the above funding programs.
  5. RECEIVE AND FILE status report on the Traffic Forum Projects sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW).
  6. RECEIVE update on Regional Rail Matters. (HANDOUT)
  7. 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.