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Planning & Programming Committee Agenda*

Location & Date

Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:00 p.m.


Call to Order


Diane DuBois, Chair
Zev Yaroslavsky, Vice Chair
Michael Antonovich
Richard Katz
Pam O’Connor
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. APPROVE the following 2011 recertification and deobligation recommendations:
    1. recertify $101.58 million in existing Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12 commitments from previous Countywide Calls for Projects and authorize the expenditure of funds to meet these commitments;
    2. deobligate $17.4 million of previously approved Countywide Calls for Projects funding, and reprogram these dollars to the same modal category in the 2011 Call for Projects, except the Signal Synchronization and Bus Speed Improvement mode;
    3. authorize the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to: 1) Negotiate and execute all necessary agreements for approved projects; and 2) Amend the FY 2011-12 budget, as necessary, to include the 2011 Countywide Call for Projects Recertification and Extension funding in the Regional Programs budget and programmed projects in the appropriate cost center ; budgets;
    4. delegate to the CEO the authority to reprogram or administratively extend approved funding for California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) projects as required, to meet Caltrans design and construction time frames;
    5. reprogram funding for: 1) the Port of Los Angeles I-110/SR-47 and John S. Gibson/NB I-110 Ramp Access Project (#F1208) to FY 2010-11 and FY2011-12; 2) the Port of Los Angeles I-110 Freeway/C Street Interchange Improvement Project (#F1126) to FY 2011-12, FY 2012-13 and FY 2013-14; and 3) $119,000 from the City of Compton MLK Transit Center Expansion Multi-Modal Transportation Building Project (#8223) to LACMTA for FY 2011-12;
    6. approve changes in scopes of work for the County of Los Angeles Vermont Avenue Median Landscaping Phase II Project (#F1828), the City of Los Angeles La Tijera Bridge Widening over I-405 Freeway Project (#8058) and the City of Long Beach First Street Parking Project (#8237) funded through previous Calls for Projects; and
    7. receive and file time extension for 75 projects.
    1. adopting findings and recommendations for using fiscal year (FY) 2011-12 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 8 fund estimated at $17,527,331 as follows:
      1. In the City of Avalon there are unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet, and the City of Avalon chooses to use $101,312 of their Article 8 funds for their transit services; therefore, TDA Article 8 funds will be used to meet the unmet transit needs;
      2. In the Antelope Valley, which includes the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, and in the Los Angeles County Unincorporated areas of the Antelope Valley, transit needs are met using other funding; sources, such as Proposition A and Proposition C Local Return; therefore, there are no unmet transit needs that can not be met with other funding sources. Hence, TDA Article 8 funds in the amount of $4,152,543 and $4,344,606 (Lancaster and Palmdale, respectively), may be used for street and road purposes and/or transit;
      3. In the Santa Clarita Valley, which includes the City of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, transit needs are met with other funding sources, such as Proposition A and Proposition C Local Return; therefore TDA Article 8 funds in the amount of $5,056,808 for the City of Santa Clarita may be used for street and road and/or transit purposes, as long as their transit needs continue to be met; and
      4. In the Los Angeles County Unincorporated areas of North County, ; areas encompassing both the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley, the allocation is $3,872,063 and may be used for street and road purposes and/or transit.
    2. adopting a resolution making a determination of unmet public transportation needs in the areas of Los Angeles County outside the Metro service area.


    1. approving the Project Definition, which is based on the Locally Preferred Alternative, of an 8.5 mile Light Rail project from Crenshaw/Exposition to Metro Green Line Aviation station with 6 stations that was previously approved by the Board in December 2009 and incorporating several changes including:
      1. La Brea Avenue Grade Separation;
      2. Below-grade segment from Exposition Boulevard to 39th Street;
      3. Partially Covered Trench Adjacent to LAX;
    2. certifying the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR) (Attachment B of the Board report contains the Executive Summary. The full report is available upon request or at: This action is contingent upon the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approving the document for public availability to satisfy requirements of both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
    3. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to file a Notice of Determination with the Los Angeles County Clerk and State of California Clearinghouse; and
    4. adopting the:
      1. Finding of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act; and
      2. Mitigation Monitoring & Reporting Plan.
  2. RECEIVE oral report responding to the June 23, 2011 Board motion directing the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to address:
    1. Comprehensive Safety Plan for the grade-level corridor segment along Crenshaw from 48th to 59th Streets through Park Mesa Heights;
    2. Traffic Mitigation Plan with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation to maintain traffic Level of Service C or better at all cross streets on Crenshaw from 48th to 59th Streets;
    3. Local Worker Hiring Plan and Small Business Enterprise Participation Plan targeting, at a minimum 30% local and 10% disadvantaged hiring/participation, with enforcement provisions;
    4. Business Loss Mitigation Fund to assist local businesses that are adversely impacted by light rail construction; and
    5. “Crenshaw Curve” Sidewalk, Streetscape and Local Business Improvement Plan to connect Leimert Park with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Station, addressing the corridor on Crenshaw from Vernon to Stocker.
    1. approving countywide light rail yard cost allocation percentages and amounts;
    2. borrowing up to $170 million of funds planned for specified heavy rail capital improvements to enable programming of unmet light rail yard costs; and
    3. programming $170 million from Proposition A 35% and Measure R 2% sources to complete the current $718 million funding plan for countywide light rail yard needs.
    1. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to request a $54,077,000 Proposition 1B Corridor Mobility Improvement Account Letter of No Prejudice from the California Transportation Commission for Construction of the Interstate 5 South Segment 1 Alondra Avenue project;
    2. amending the FY 2012 Budget to include the cash flow demand of $15,000,000 for the first year of construction and establish a Life of Project budget of up to $54,077,000 in support of the Letter of No Prejudice; and
    3. authorizing the CEO to execute an amendment to the original agreement with Caltrans to implement the Letter of No Prejudice arrangement. (HANDOUT)
    1. de-obligating $1.8 million in Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) funds from the Interstate 10 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes from Citrus to Route 57/210 project in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and restoring the $1.8 million with available Proposition C 25% funds instead;
    2. reducing future Countywide Call for Projects funding in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) by $1.8 million to restore Proposition C 25% funds to the Interstate 10 HOV Lane project;
    3. providing replacement funding to the City of Monrovia for their lapsed Old Town Pedestrian Improvement project by re-programming $1.8 million in RSTP funds in FY 2012 to the City’s new Huntington Drive Phase II project between Magnolia and ; Shamrock; and
    4. authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to amend the FY12 Budget or subsequent budgets, and negotiate and execute agreements and other documents, as necessary to reflect the approved programming.
  6. RECEIVE AND FILE status report on the implementation of the September 23, 2010, and April 28, 2011, Board directives regarding enhancing bicycle policies/programs.
  7. RECEIVE AND FILE report on the Metro Countywide Signal Priority Program.
  8. RECEIVE update on Regional Rail Matters. (HANDOUT)
  9. 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.