MARCH 1, 2005 MUNICIPAL AREA EXPRESS (MAX) INTER-AGENCY AGREEMENT MARCH 1, 2005 MUNICIPAL AREA EXPRESS (MAX) INTER-AGENCY AGREEMENT

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: MARCH 1, 2005

SUBJECT: MUNICIPAL AREA EXPRESS (MAX) INTER-AGENCY AGREEMENT

Staff Coordinator: Judy A. Huey, Senior Administrative Analyst

RECOMMENDATION

1. Authorize the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to continue its participation in the commuter transportation transit service, known as Municipal Area Express (MAX) for the period of July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008.

2. Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreement for MAX Commuter Bus Service on behalf of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

BACKGROUND

Municipal Area Express (MAX) is a commuter transportation system which serves South Bay residents who travel into the El Segundo employment area. This system is jointly operated and funded by the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, El Segundo, Lawndale, Lomita, Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles. The system is administered by the City of Torrance, who in turn contracts with a private operator for daily operation. The current Agreement for MAX Commuter Bus Service was entered into in 2002 and expires on June 30, 2005. The attached Agreement continues the City’s participation in the MAX program until June 30, 2008. This is the sixth consecutive MAX inter-agency agreement, with the first such agreement dated April 1990, when service was inaugurated.

ANALYSIS

Municipal Area Express (MAX) has operated for fifteen years as a viable, effective commuter transit alternative for South Bay residents. The MAX Commuter Bus Service operates a 14-vehicle fleet along three routes through the South Bay during the morning and afternoon peak hours. The average annual boardings for the MAX system is 65,000, which includes 10,523 average annual boardings within the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

MAX is funded through a combination of fares, contributions from the member jurisdictions (usually Proposition A or C Local Return dollars) and from Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) special fund sources. Participant shares are calculated by the number of riders originating in each city and the number of route miles passing through each city. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ contribution to the Fiscal Year 2004-05 MAX program was $52,100. A copy of the proposed FY 2004-05 MAX operating budget, which was approved by the MAX Policy Steering Committee on June 7, 2004, is attached. The FY 2005-06 operating budget will be prepared in March 2005. Operating costs may increase or decrease, depending on the bid results from the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the MAX Commuter Bus Service. The contract for the current service provider will expire June 30, 2005.

CONCLUSION

Adopting staff recommendations will authorize the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to continue its participation in the MAX commuter transportation transit service.

FISCAL IMPACT

This program is fully funded by Proposition A funds. The actual Proposition A fund balance at 6/30/04 was $547,282 and the estimated Proposition A fund balance at 6/30/05 is $638,190.

Respectfully submitted,

Dean E. Allison

Director of Public Works

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachments:

FY 2004-05 MAX Operating Budget

Agreement for MAX Commuter Bus Service