This week's big Metro announcement, expected Friday, will be the fall ballot measure expenditure plan. Some early Measure R2.1 outlines are already foreshadowed here and at the Los Angeles Times.
That expenditure plan will be huge news, but there is other important Metro business going on at Metro board committee meetings this week. Dollar for dollar, this week's committee business may not match the budget for the November ballot measure, but, from ciclovías to bike-share to all-door boarding to parking to joint development, these agency decisions can add up to make a difference for the region's livability.
Below is a run-down of key items on this week's Metro committee agendas:
Planning and Programming Committee - today 2 p.m. - agenda
The committee is expected to authorize an all-paid parking pilot for nine rail stations. This is an excellent step to stop costly-to-provide free parking from hemorraging away Metro's budget, and for managing parking to better foster equity, improve air quality, and encourage active transportation.
The committee will hear a proposal to discount Metro bike-share fares for low-income folks, seniors, and students. This should be one helpful step toward making bike-share service more equitable. More details here.
Metro is proposing to fund CicLAvia-type open streets events, similar to the agency's prior open streets funding cycle. The overall allocation would be $4 million, with $2 million per year for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018.
The committee will consider joint development plans for parcels at First Street and Soto Street in Boyle Heights, and at Fourth Street and Hill Street in Downtown L.A. (rendering below).
Additional committee items include the Union Station run-through tracks (called the Southern California Regional Interconnector Project or SCRIP), double-tracking a portion of Metrolink's San Bernardino line, and evaluating a proposed Metrolink Station for Rio Hondo College.
The management committee has a relatively short agenda, which includes positions on state and federal legislation, audits, and preliminary FY2017 budget updates.
Streetsblog will be at these meetings, tweeting updates. All these issues and more will bubble up into the full Metro board meeting next week. That takes place at 9 a.m. on Thursday March 24. The board agenda will be available here.