Off the Agenda: Metro Board Not Talking Bikes or Rail Acceleration This Week

7_20_09_trains.jpg7_20_09_bike_on_train.jpgPhotos: Streetsblog, Sallam Allah/Flickr

Last week, two proposals by Metro staff dominated a lot of the Livable Streets discussion in Los Angeles.

The first was what seemed to be a proposal to accelerate three rail projects funded by Measure R, the Downtown Connector, Gold Line Eastside Extension 2, and Green Line to LAX.  The proposal garnered a lot of interest on the blogs after I Will Ride first noticed the proposal on a committee agenda and began asking how they could get their favored project, the Gold Line Foothill Extension, moved up as well.

It turns out the report in question had nothing to do with picking projects to accelerate, but instead was about illustrating what any sort of acceleration schedule would mean to Metro’s finances.  As we noted here last week, the "proposed" acceleration didn’t really make fiscal sense for an agency that is already projecting lower-than-expected revenue from Measure R.  While the Metro Board is scheduled to "receive" this report at Thursday’s Board Meeting, there is no serious talk about accelerating any of the time lines for any rail project at this point in time.

Also up for debate were the proposed revisions to Metro’s "bikes on trains" policy.  Two weeks ago, cyclists were happy to hear that Metro was planning to revise its policy towards bikes to remove any rush-hour restrictions on bicycles.  However, when cyclists were invited to a meeting with Metro staff to discuss the proposal, they ended up hearing about a plan to restrict bicycles to a "two-per-car" limit even in cars where there’s a lot more space available.

After an outpouring of negative feedback, and a strong turnout by cyclists at the Metro Operations Committee, the proposal has been shelved for, at least, this month’s Board Meeting.  Instead of Metro staff’s original plan, Stephen Box reports that a new motion to "direct staff to investigate further and to involve the cycling community" took its place.

  • M

    This morning I saw new sticker/decal things on the Red Line. The whole wall was blue indicating that the disabled/elderly get the spot in each Red/Purple line car next to the door where there is a bar (indicated with the little handicapped picture in the picture in this post). Then in the area where the chairs were removed, under the window, there is a yellow stripe with pictures of a bike, luggage and a stroller.

  • I’m pretty sure M’s observation is of a trial run at some proposed decals for the Red Line.

  • Stephen

    Couldn’t find any when I checked out two trains this morning. If someone runs across it, can they upload a pic?

  • Take a look at the new Metro Rail wayfinding decal for cyclists, luggage and strollers @ http://tr.im/MetroBike

  • Here’s a rendering from a Metro board report of what the decals are to look like:

    http://tinyurl.com/mxhobf

  • So, wait, this isn’t in effect?!

    This Sunday, my brother took a group of cyclists on an early morning train ride to South Pasadena from Highland Park (for our monthly Get Sum Dim Sum Ride).

    The conductor yelled at them that it was “Two bikes per car only!” and was going to try and kick them all off, but cooler heads prevailed. Empty trains, Sunday morning, AND the rule wasn’t even in effect. MTA WTF?

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