Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: APRIL 20, 2004

SUBJECT: MAX TRANSIT POLICY STEERING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT

RECOMMENDATION:

Consider an appointment to the MAX Transit Policy Steering Committee.BACKGROUND:MAX is a commuter bus service serving South Bay residents who commute to the El Segundo employment area. The service, which began in 1990, is funded by the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Lomita, Lawndale, Torrance, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Rancho Palos Verdes provides funding of about $52,000 annually. Currently MAX only runs in the peak hours, but is being considered for expansion in areas where Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) service is marginal or in areas where the MTA might be cutting service. MTA staff has expressed an interest in working with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments to explore some of these possibilities further.

The City of Torrance operates the transit system under an Agency Agreement. The Agreement also creates a Policy Steering Committee that acts in a management capacity providing policy direction to the Torrance City Council. All agencies have an equal vote on the Committee. Rancho Palos Verdes has not made an appointment to the MAX Committee since the current Council was seated. It is important that the City has representation on this Board since it serves our residents and could have a potential to do more. It is staff’s understanding from Supervisor Knabe’s office that although a City Council member is preferred to fill this position, some of the cities do send staff members.

DISCUSSION:

The Council has considered the MAX Committee vacancy in the past and has not filled it. Mayor Pro Tem Clark asked that the matter be placed on this agenda for re-consideration of appointment of a City Council member (or City staff member) to the Committee. The MAX Transit Policy Steering Committee meets in alternative months at 5:00 PM at the Torrance City Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for June 7, 2004.

Respectfully Submitted,Les Evans

City Manager