File #: 2021-0372   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 5/21/2021 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: Final action: 5/27/2021
Title: APPROVE Motion by Directors Garcetti, Mitchell, and Krekorian that the Board direct the Chief Executive Officer to implement the Fareless System Initiative, subject to a final financial plan and while pursuing cost-sharing agreements. WE FURTHER MOVE that the Board direct the Chief Executive Officer to: Administrative Coordination A. Develop strategies to streamline and simplify the eligibility process for participants, striving to remove as many barriers to entry as possible; 1. Include an evaluation of a self-attestation process for low-income riders; B. Partner with school districts on administrative coordination to enable availability at pilot launch to all LA County school and community college districts (based on each district's interest), including but not limited to any required Memoranda of Understanding or TAP coordination; Funding C. In partnership with implementation partners and key stakeholders, pursue and support federal and state opportunities and legislation to fu...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Agreements, Eric Garcetti, Fareless System Initiative, Funding plan, GoPass, Hilda Solis, Holly J. Mitchell, Janice Hahn, Metro Equity Platform, Mike Bonin, Motion / Motion Response, Partnerships, Paul Krekorian, Pilot studies, Plan, Program, Ridership, Students, Subsidies, Transit Pass
Related files: 2021-0452, 2021-0440, 2023-0095
MAY 27, 2021
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Fareless System Initiative

Metro's Fareless System Initiative (FSI) is one of the most transformative efforts Metro can take to help Los Angeles County emerge from the pandemic, advance equity, reduce transportation emissions, simplify students' return to school, and increase ridership.

The pandemic has hit students hard. Once the Department of Public Health and schools deem it safe for students to fully return to in-person learning, Metro, municipal operators (munis), and school districts should do everything possible to make the transition back effortless for these families. Studies across the country have shown that the lack of access to transportation is a barrier to student attendance and, therefore, academic success.

Moreover, Metro riders' median household income is $19,325 systemwide, with approximately 70 percent of Metro riders considered low-income under federal Department of Housing and Urban Development definitions. Many of our riders depend on Metro to reach their jobs as essential workers, and during the pandemic they suffered unavoidable financial impacts. Fareless transit would alleviate some of this burden, helping Los Angeles County get back on its feet.

As the FSI pilot has been developed, the following items remain to be finalized:

1. An efficient implementation process, as well as agreements with the school districts, needs to be put in place to distribute fareless K-12 and Community College student passes.
2. A final funding plan needs to be created.
3. A key concern of municipal operators is the continuation of existing funding agreements with community colleges. These funding agreements have, in many cases, taken years to negotiate. While FSI remains a pilot, these agreements and processes should be kept in place.
4. A mission statement and goals are necessary to help communicate the need for this program.

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