Since our last chat with Washington, Measure M was passed with nearly a quarter of voters checking ‘yes’ on their November ballot.
However, even with the successes of Measure M and the opening of new Gold Line stations and the Expo Line to Santa Monica, Metro ridership saw a 6 percent drop in 2016, thanks in large part to a sharp decline in annual bus ridership.
Metro’s Board also recently approved a plan worth almost $800 million that would shift responsibility of policing most of Metro to the Los Angeles and Long Beach Police Departments. The L.A. Sheriff’s Department would still oversee some of the system.
Back for his regular check-in with AirTalk and Larry Mantle, Metro Los Angeles CEO Phil Washington is in studio to chat about all this and other local transportation news, including the latest on whether Metro will be selling the naming rights to its trains and stations. Have a question? Post in the comments below or join the conversation at 866-893-5722.
Phil Washington, CEO of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)