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Information about transit service in Southern California during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency is now at https://socata.net/covid19/
The latest Transit Advocate newsletter (April-Nov 2020) is available. Until further notice, only the online version will be produced. The most current issue will be immediately published to https://socata.net/newsletter/transit-advocate-2010/ (instead of after a month’s delay).
The following SO.CA.TA Board members were elected at our December 13, 2020 annual meeting:
- President- Perias Pillay
- Vice President- Mark Strickert
- Treasurer- Dana Gabbard
- Secretary- Hank Fung
Charles Hobbs continues as Newsletter Editor and Andy Novak as Archivist.
Our booth at the 80th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles Union Station on Saturday May 4, 2019 was a great success. We were mentioned in advance coverage of the event by the Los Angeles Downtown News. Richard Morallo of Metro posted a video on YouTube of the event that shows our booth at 1:37.
SB-742 regarding Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach services which we supported was signed by Governor Newsom Oct. 8, 2019.
By unanimous vote of our board we have endorsed AB-917 (Bloom) which authorizes all public transit operators in California to install automated forward facing parking control devices on transit vehicles for the purposes of enforcing parking violations occurring in transit-only traffic lanes and at transit stops. A letter of endorsement was submitted to the California legislature. Most recently the bill was heard by the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee (on April 22, 2021). The analysis prepared by Committee Chief Consultant Nichole Rocha lists us as among the supporters. It passed 10 to zero and next will be heard by the full Assembly. More information can be found at this link.
The Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Treasurer Dana Gabbard regarding proposed rail service reductions by LA Metro
Gabbard also was quoted by the VC Star on rail and Thruway bus as an option for travelling from Ventura county to LAX.
The NextGen Subcommittee submitted to Los Angeles Metro comments on the initial proposal and service changes proposed for December 2020 or later. We are gratified the revised NextGen proposal addressed our concerns regarding routes 79, 96 and 218.
Metro has formed a Public Safety Advisory Commission meeting the first and third Wednesday of the month through the end of the year when it will make recommendations. Joe Linton of Streetsblog did a write-up of the first meeting. The Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA) has released a report, Metro as a Sanctuary: Reimagining Safety on Public Transit, outlining a vision for community-based policing. We do not specifically endorse it but wish to foster public discussion by highlighting it.
UPDATED APRIL 22, 2020