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Revised Planning & Programming Committee Agenda*

Location & Date

Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:30 p.m.


Call to Order


Mike Bonin, Chair
Pam O’Connor, Vice Chair
Diane DuBois
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker
Zev Yaroslavsky
Carrie Bowen, non-voting member


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


A. approving additional funding of $10.0 million to cover a project cost increase resulting from an additional effort, for the Washington Blvd. Widening and Reconstruction Improvement Project, as part of the Measure R I-710 Early Action Projects;

B. amending existing Funding Agreement MOU.MR306.23 to increase Measure R funds from $3.5 million to $13.5 million;

C. executing a Letter of No Prejudice with the City of Commerce for the Washington Blvd. Widening and Reconstruction Improvement Project; and

D. amending FY15 budget to include additional funding for the Washington Blvd. Widening and Reconstruction Improvement Project, thereby increasing the total amount for the I-710 Early Action Projects Subsidies from $5.75 million to $10.25 million.


A. amending Attachment (D-1) of the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Clarification on Project Eligibility for Highway Operational Improvement and Ramp/Interchange Improvements, to include South Bay Subregion’s Operational Improvement projects for Soundwall and Bike Lanes as part of the Measure R Highway Program Funding Strategy; and

B. augmenting the LRTP Highway Project Eligibility Policy to permit all affected subregions to use their respective Subregional Measure R funds to advance soundwall constructions as set forth in the Board-approved Post 89 Retrofit Soundwall Program priority list.


17. AMEND the FY 2015 budget in the amount of $395,113 for issuing a Work Order to hire a mitigation project manager (Cost Center 4730) from the Highway Bench Contract PS4010-2540-05-03-01.

18. AUTHORIZE the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $11,044,000 to execute contract modifications to thirty-two existing Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) contracts.  Contracts to be modified and the amounts for each modification will be determined based on the needs of the FSP program and in the best interest of Metro.

19. APPROVE programming of up to $6.3 million from fiscal year 2014 federal Department of Homeland Security – Transit Security Grant Program funds that are available for the eligible Union Station Gateway Complex capital transit project.


A. authorizing Life-of-Project budget of $1,400,000 for the Sustainable Parking at the Metro North Hollywood Red Line Station; and

B. amending FY 2015 capital budget for $1,400,000 for this project.

21. AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer to enter into a reciprocal easement agreement with Forest City Blossom, LP (Forest City) together with any other related documents, including, without limitation, a temporary construction right of entry, necessary to enable construction and operation of a pedestrian connection between the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station at the mezzanine level and the adjacent Blossom Plaza project now under construction in the City of Los Angeles.[HANDOUT]

22. AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer to execute Modification No. 5 to Contract No. PS107140706 with Inland Transportation Services, Inc. to provide employer rideshare program and annual transit pass support implementation services for up to an additional six months from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015 in an amount not to exceed $480,000. This modification would increase the total contract value from $2,662,292 to $3,142,292.


A. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to commence design, environmental review, and other planning activities for a proposed pedestrian connection and new portal for the 7th Street/Metro Center Station (“the Bloc/Metro Connection”);

B. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate the applicable agreements with the NREA-TRC 700 LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, ownership entity of The Bloc (Macy’s Shopping Center) (“the Owner”) or its designee and return to the Board for final approval of the agreements and the Life-of-Project budget; and

C. establishing a new capital project for the FY15 budget in the amount of $400,000 for a portion of the cost of the proposed Bloc/Metro Connection.[HANDOUT]


A. approving the programming of $51.5 million in Proposition C, 25% funds for the Countywide Rideshare/Vanpool program and $255.9 million in Regional Surface Transportation Program  funds for Access Services for Fiscal Years 2016 through FY 2019; and

B. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate and execute funding agreements as needed to provide funds programmed as authorized.

25. APPROVE the 2015 Call for Projects Application Package. [HANDOUT]


A. approving the schedule for updating the Long Range Transportation Plan; and

B. amending the FY2015 Budget to include $550,000 in resources necessary to evaluate a potential transportation ballot measure.

27. AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer to amend the FY15 budget to add an additional $100,000 to conduct feasibility study for the Los Angeles River Bikeway Connection.


A. authorizing staff to procure a consultant and develop a Program Environmental Impact Report (“Program EIR”) for the transit improvements and development program identified in the Union Station Master Plan(“USMP”) and amend the FY2015 budget to add $350,000 to cost center 4530, Project 405557 (USMP) for work related to the Program EIR in FY2015;

B. approving the USMP Initial Implementation Strategy (“USMP IIP”)  and authorize staff to seek funding opportunities, including applying for grants, that support the projects in the USMP IIP;

C. authorizing negotiation and execution of an agreement (“Agreement”) with the County of Los Angeles, El Pueblo de Los Angeles (“El Pueblo”), and appropriate departments at the City of Los Angeles, for the coordinated planning, funding and implementation of the Stage 1 Perimeter Improvements, including some improvements to El Pueblo property, and amend the FY2015 budget to include $200,000 in cost center 4530, Project 405557 for preliminary design work to be identified in the Agreement;

D. authorizing acceptance of a grant from Los Angeles County Open Space District in the amount of $1,000,000 toward the improvements to be designed and implemented per the Agreement and include the grant in cost center 4530, Project 405557;

E. authorizing up to $400,000 in matching funds for a Ladders of Opportunity Grant, under FTA Section 5309, for the Cesar Chavez Bus Stop Improvements, approve the grant-funded activities and amend the FY2015 budget to add $200,000 to cost center 4530, Project 405557 if awarded the Ladders of Opportunity Grant, for related work in FY2015;

F. authorizing negotiation and execution of a Memorandum of Understanding or other appropriate document, with the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning to identify and implement amendments to the Alameda District Specific Plan and the related Development Agreement, and approve up to $500,000 toward this effort; and

G. authorizing formation of a Union Station Master Plan Steering Committee, with members including at least one representative from (1) Metro Executive Management; (2) Los Angeles Department of City Planning; (3) County of Los Angeles; and (4) the real estate development and investment community, and direct staff to report back with membership and a meeting schedule within 90 days. [HANDOUT]


A. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to pursue a long-term Full Funding Grant Agreement  through the Federal Transit Administration for Federal New Starts funds in the amount of $1.146 billion for Westside Purple Line Extension Section 2 project;

B. approving the submittal of a Letter of Interest to the United States Department of Transportation for a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan in the amount of $307.0 million for the Westside Purple Line Extension Section 2 and pay related fees and expenses; and

C. approving the finance plan for meeting the Measure R Fiscal Policy and the Measure R Cost Management Process and Policy for an anticipated cost increase in the amount of $374.3 million for the project.

29. RECEIVE AND FILE response to the July 2014 Board directive as amended directing the Chief Executive Officer to report in September 2014 with recommendations to develop and fund a feasibility study including construction and engineering concepts, ridership and environmental estimates for a San Fernando Valley/San Gabriel Valley High Capacity Transit Corridor.


30. RECEIVE AND FILE report in response to the June 26 and July 24, 2014 Board directives regarding:

A. the feasibility of remote baggage check service at the LAX Station (formerly 96th Street Station);

B. the LAX Station design approach;

C. strategic steps to accelerate completion of the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) Project including funding, coordination with partner agencies, and streamlining the environmental review; and

D. revisions to the scope of work for the design and construction of accommodations on the Crenshaw/LAX project so as not to preclude the AMC LAX Station.


31. RECEIVE AND FILE monthly status report on the Los Angeles World Airports’ commitment to construct and operate an Automated People Mover at the Los Angeles International Airport as directed by the Board on June 26, 2014.


32. WITHDRAWN RECEIVE AND FILE the Regional Rail Update through July 2014.

33. 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.