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File #: 2015-1497   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 9/18/2015 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 9/24/2015 Final action: 9/24/2015
Title: MOTION by Ridley-Thomas that the Board of Directors direct the Chief Executive Officer to provide a report in 60 days on the current College TAP Program, including the usage, marketing and outreach efforts to community colleges, as well as an assessment of the feasibility of piloting a Universal Community College Student Transit Pass Program.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Motion / Motion Response, Program, Ridership, Students, Subsidies, Transit Pass
Related files: 2015-1290, 2015-1645, 2015-1639
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REGULAR BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Preamble
Motion by:

Mark Ridley-Thomas

September 24, 2015

Relating to Item 49, File ID 2015-1290
Community College Student Transit Pass Pilot Program

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) staff is pursuing a number of strategies to increase ridership. While the agency currently offers subsidized monthly transit passes to students, it has not partnered with community colleges to offer a deep subsidy consistent with "Universal Pass" programs, which allow students significantly subsidized transit passes through their academic registration process. This model has been implemented at both public and private institutions locally and across the nation, and has demonstrated an ability to increase transit ridership and reduce student driving, thereby reducing traffic congestion. Research that dates back over two decades suggests that these programs are also worthwhile for the transit operator, as the programs have led to increases in total transit ridership, filled empty seats, and reduced the operating cost per ride.

As the agency pursues strategies to attract a new, diverse and sustained group of riders, the community college base may be one key sector to focus our efforts; the population tends to remain local over the long-term, and the subsidized pass can provide an impetus to become acquainted with our system. The recent expansion of the TAP card to all municipal operators throughout the County's system would likely also increase the utilization and futility of a Universal Community College Student Transit Pass Program.

In addition to the "opt-in" increase in student registration fees, the costs of such a program could be subsidized by the college, as it will reduce parking demands. In addition, Metro could solicit additional resources through the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee. Later this Fa...

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