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Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) - June 2016 Agenda

Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 10:30 AM


METRO Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)

One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor – Gateway Conference Room

1. CALL TO ORDER: Self-Introductions/Housekeeping Items
10:30 – 10:35 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair

2. ACTION: Approval of May 12, 2016
10:35 – 10:40 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair

3. PRESENTATION: Metro Service Excellence Award
10:40 – 10:45 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair

4. ACTION:  Union Station  Accessibility
10:45 – 11:05 am
Dan Levy, Kenneth Pratt, Metro

5. INFORMATION: Seeking Candidates for San Fernando Valley Service Council
11:05 – 11:15 am
Dolores Ramos, Gary Spivack, Metro

6. INFORMATION:  Selection of Nomination Subcommittee
11:15 – 11:30 am
Ellen Blackman, Chair

7. INFORMATION:  Accessibility Unit Update
• Overview of Riders Guide for Customers with Disabilities
11:30 am – 11:50 am
Darlene Williams, Metro

8. INFORMATION: Construction Update of New Union station East Passenger Pick-up/Drop-off
11:50 am – 12:05 pm
Steve Jaffe, Metro

9. NEW BUSINESS: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda
12:05 – 12:15 pm
Ellen Blackman, Chair

12:15 – 12:30 pm
Ellen Blackman, Chair

12:30 pm
Ellen Blackman, Chair


Meeting Minutes for May 12, 2016
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Authority Accessibility Advisory Committee

Members in Attendance:
Artemio Ambrosio
Blanca Angulo
Ellen Blackman
Frank Chavez
Jeremy Congdon
Kevin Dixon
Daniel Garcia
Linda Keeney
Christine Leahey
Liz Lyons
Sherril Martin
John Mavis
Mark Panitz
Jared Rimer
Cynde Soto
Edward Williams
Tonni Yee-Hemphill

Ben Rockwell

Mary Helen Cruz
Angela Nwokike

1. Call To Order
Chair Ellen Blackman called the meeting to order at 10:30 am.

2. 2. Action: Approval of May 12, 2016 minutes
Corrections to the May meeting minutes:
Item Two was for the approval of the April 14, 2016, meeting minutes.

Kevin Dixon motioned to approve the April 14, 2016, meeting minutes; Mark Panitz seconded the motion. AAC members unanimously approved the minutes, as corrected.

3. Presentation of Metro Service Excellence Award.
Operator was unable to attend. Service Excellence Award was not presented.

4. Information: Review Bylaws and Membership Groups
Ellen Blackman, AAC Chair, reviewed main articles of the AAC bylaws. She discussed the role of AAC members to assist Metro in improving and promoting accessible transportation. She also discussed the membership group terms, dates for renewal of memberships, and the importance of notifying staff on anticipated absences.

Richard Stanley, member of the public, asked about service council representation among the members.
Ellen Blackman responded that the AAC has always been designed to reflect the the whole county.

Joanna Lemus, Accessibility Administrator, commented that the membership groups currently have a diverse geographic representation.

5. Information: Potential Ballot Measure
Dan Levy, Executive Officer of Office of Civil Rights, presented on the potential ballot measure. The new tax would be a half cent. Mr. Levy explained that Measure R expires in FY2039, however, Measure R could be extended with both taxes applied together from FY2040 to FY2057 possibly creating a total revenue of $120 billion over the entire period with the new tax included. He explained the expenditure plan and the program benefits of easing congestion, improving mobility, and most importantly would improve accessibility.

Members commented on the two percent identified for ADA Paratransit Services.

Timothy Mengle, Director of Budget, reminded everyone that the plan was currently out for public review. Mr. Mengle informed the committee that comments needed to be received by May 20, 2016, to be reviewed by the Board of Directors. For further information, visit .

6. Information: Accessibility Unit Update
Darlene Williams, Accessibility Analyst, presented a summary of the Wheelchair Accessibility Report FY2016 - 2nd Quarter. She demonstrated how to access the report by going online through .
Joanna Lemus, Accessibility Administrator, shared department outreach events which included Braille Institute Low Vision Seminar on May 4, 2016 and Rancho Los Amigos Bus Practice event on May 19, 2016. She spoke about the VIP Expo Extension tours that took place in May . Ms. Lemus also shared samples of the new Customer Relations Incident Report Cards.

7. Information: Vision Zero Initiative & Vision Zero Alliance
Brian Oh, Transportation Planner, Los Angeles Department of Transportation presented on the Vision Zero project. He shared the goal of the program to reduce the number of traffic deaths to zero by the year 2025. He also reported on the planning process and the areas that will be evaluated.

AAC members shared comments on safety issues to consider such as cars making right turns, cell phone usage, cars racing on side streets, and use of mobility aids.

Daniel Garcia asked if there was data that identifies the time of day where most collisions occur.

Emilia Crotty, Representative for the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, asked for volunteers to join the Vision Zero Alliance. She stated that they needed representation of people who use public transit and can represent individuals with disabilities.

8. New Business: Raised Subsequent to the Posting of the Agenda
AAC members shared their comments of the VIP Expo Line tour. Edward Williams commented that he enjoyed attending the Gold Line and Expo Line tours.
Tonni Yee-Hemphill commented that she was impressed with Metro’s improvement of service over the years.

9. Public Comment
No public comment.

10. Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 12:28 p.m.