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File #: 2015-0805   
Type: Project Status: Non-Calendar
File created: 6/3/2015 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 7/23/2015 Final action: 7/23/2015
Title: CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE FORWARDED WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION: A. adopting Life-of-Project (LOP) budget for Project 205104 (Metro Blue Line (MBL) Pedestrian Active Grade Crossing Improvements Installation) of $30,175,000; B. increasing the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for Project 205104 in Cost Center, 3960 - Rail Transit Engineering, by $12,897,000 to fund the FY 2016 cash flow for these pedestrian grade crossing safety enhancements; and C. authorizing the CEO to negotiate and execute a Public Highway at-Grade Crossing Improvement Agreement with Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) according to the Term Sheet (Attachment B).
Sponsors: System Safety, Security and Operations Committee
Indexes: Alignment, Americans With Disabilities Act, Bids, Blue Line Improvement, City of Los Angeles, Compton, Construction, Construction management, Construction Support, Contractors, Curbs, Design build, Install Pedestrian And Swing Gates At 18 Metro Blue Line Gated Street Crossings, Intersections, Long Beach, Maintenance, Mbl Pedestrian Safety Enhancements At Grade Crossings, Metro Blue Line, Metro Exposition Line, Metro Gold Line, Payment, Pedestrian safety, Pedestrians, Procurement, Project, Rail transit, Safety, Union Pacific Railroad, United States Department Of Transportation
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Funding_Expenditure Plan, 2. Attachment B - UPRR Term Sheet for Public Highway At-Grade Crossing Improvement Agreement, 3. Attachment C - Reconciliation of Estimates Related to Projects, 4. Attachment D - Incremental Costs and Benefits for Improvements
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CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE
JULY 16, 2015

Subject/Action
SUBJECT: METRO BLUE LINE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS AT GRADE CROSSINGS
ACTION: ADOPT LIFE-OF-PROJECT BUDGET
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RECOMMENDATION

Title
CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE FORWARDED WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION:

A. adopting Life-of-Project (LOP) budget for Project 205104 (Metro Blue Line (MBL) Pedestrian Active Grade Crossing Improvements Installation) of $30,175,000;

B. increasing the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for Project 205104 in Cost Center, 3960 - Rail Transit Engineering, by $12,897,000 to fund the FY 2016 cash flow for these pedestrian grade crossing safety enhancements; and

C. authorizing the CEO to negotiate and execute a Public Highway at-Grade Crossing Improvement Agreement with Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) according to the Term Sheet (Attachment B).

Issue
ISSUE
The existing MBL light rail transit system is over 25 years old and pedestrian crossing protections needs updating to be consistent with Metro's current design standards. The installation of safety devices, such as pedestrian gates and emergency exit swing gates at rail pedestrian crossing intersections is expected to provide similar safety performance to our other light rail lines with at-grade crossings.
BACKGROUND
The Board adopted a motion by Director Yaroslavsky in July 2012 that was subsequently amended by Director Ridley-Thomas in August 2012, directing the CEO to convene a MBL Task Force and report back to the Board for all causes of accidents, including reviewing the design elements of the crossings, developing potential suicide prevention strategies, and to provide solutions for improving pedestrian safety.
The Task Force was comprised of staff from Metro, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), UPRR, the Cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach (although the City of Compton was invited, staff from the City of Compton was not present at the meetings) and the County of Los A...

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