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File #: 2015-1573   
Type: Policy Status: Passed
File created: 10/6/2015 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 10/15/2015 Final action: 10/22/2015
Title: EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED (6-0) adopting an expansion of existing Board Policy to allow for the donation of Metro surplus buses to non-profit organizations for purposes that are not transit related.
Indexes: Federal Transit Administration, Policy, Rolling stock, Tanks (Containers), Transit buses, Vehicle fleets
Meeting_Body
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
OCTOBER 15, 2015

Subject/Action
SUBJECT: DONATION OF SURPLUS BUSES TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

ACTION: APPROVE ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY TO ALLOW FOR DONATION OF SURPLUS BUSES FOR NON-TRANSIT APPLICATIONS

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED (6-0) adopting an expansion of existing Board Policy to allow for the donation of Metro surplus buses to non-profit organizations for purposes that are not transit related.

Issue
ISSUE

Metro's current policy for donating surplus buses to non-profit organizations requires that surplus buses exceed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirement for usable life expectancy, which is 12-years or 500,000 miles. In addition to the FTA's useful life expectancy requirement, the Board's policy requires that surplus buses that have residual market value be used only for public transit related purposes within Los Angeles County. The recommended policy expansion will allow Metro to donate surplus buses for diverse and innovative community initiatives.

While the Board's policy is sound, it does not provide for the type of flexibility that would further other worthy public policy needs. As an example, non-profit organizations in Los Angeles have expressed an interest in obtaining Metro surplus buses to address the needs of the local homeless population. In San Francisco, the non-profit organization Lava Mae has repurposed San Francisco Municipal buses into mobile shower and toilet facilities that service the homeless. The adoption of the recommended policy expansion would allow Metro to consider similar donations to non-profit organizations thus furthering all of Metro's community interests.

Discussion
DISCUSSION

Metro's direct and contract operated bus service fleet requirement for the current June through December, 2015 Shake-up is 2,378 buses (peak/spares). Metro will typically retire buses that have met the FTA ...

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