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APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
With reference to the work stoppage by Metrobus operators the morning of October 29, Mr. Barnett referred to the sentence in the Minutes "No Board comments supported staff actions or criticized suspension of service." He stated that he had not made comments with respect to the discussion as in his opinion the discussion should not have taken place; that the issue was between the bus operators and management and should have been handled by management; and that in his opinion management had handled the situation properly. He stated that the origin of the dispute was not entirely clear to him but he was convinced that it was not a safety issue, and that the entire matter was illegal and in violation of the contract. He stated that the bus operators had acted in contempt of the public interest and the Board's criticism of management's handling of the matter can only encourage further "irresponsible" action on the part of the bus operators. He concluded by saying that management is sound and should have the support of the Board.
Mr. Alexander stated that he was inclined to respond but would not; that he did not think anyone on the Board supported the work stoppage.
Mr. Sickles stated that the Minutes should reflect what happens and not what does not happen; that in his opinion the sentence referred to by Mr. Barnett should be deleted from the Minutes. Mr. Alexander moved that the sentence be deleted whereupon Mr. White, stating that he associated himself with the comments of Mr. Barnett, seconded the motion. The motion was unani mously passed and the Minutes were approved with the sentence deleted.
Ayes: 5 - Mr. Alexander, Mr. Tucker, Mr. White, Mr. Munsey, and Mr. Barnett.
Mr. Tucker stated that if Mr. Barnett felt that his comments would have been out of order last week that for the same reason they were out of order today.
REPORT BY CHAIRMAN:
Mr. Alexander reported that the fallure of the $25 million bond referendum in Arlington County did not in his opinion reflect opposition to Metro as much as it represented the mood of the voters with respect to long-term indebtedness. REPORT BY GENERAL MANAGER:
Mr. Graham also reported with respect to the bond referendum that had failed to pass the voters, referring the Board to a tabulation on the Arlington County Bond issues showing that while Metro had garnered 40 percent support, the six other losing issues had only received 18 to 31 porcent support.
Mr. Graham reported that Public Hearing No. 44 had been held as scheduled November 5 on the Bicentennial Transportation Program.
Mr. Graham referred the Board to furnished copies of an October 29 letter to the Chairman from Congressman W. S. Stuckey and Romano L. Mazzoli, Subcommittee on Commerce, Housing and Transportation and Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs, and to a November 3 letter to Mr. Quenstedt from Congressman Herbert E. Harris, Subcommittee on Bicentennial Affairs, covering the series of hearings on the funding needs of the Metrorail system which began November 5. Mr. Graham reported on the staff's appearance at the November 5 hearing, referring to furnished copies of his opening statement.
Mr. Graham called on Mr. Lyon who referred the Board to furnished copies of bid tabulations covering the November 5 receipt of bids for Contract No. 130066, Brookland Station Superstructure, Glenmont Route and Contract 22409A for the procurement of ash receptacles.
Mr. Graham called on Mr. Ison who referred the Board to furnished copies of the weekly revenue comparison since the new fare structure, stating that except for the work stoppage on October 29, the trend is continuing at approximately 2% net revenue increase.
Mr. Graham called on Mr. Gaul who referred the Board to furnished copies of his November 5 report and schedule showing the status of delivery of revenue cars, indicating the shortfall in shipment of cars as of November 3 being ten, as compared to last week's reported shortfall of eight.
Mr. Graham called on Mr. Herman who reported that the Board had approved December 9 hearing date for Section 5 funds of the UMTA Act for operating assistance and requested that the December 9 hearing include Sections 3 and 3-H relative to WMATA's application to UMTA for financing the Metrobus Capital Improvement Program for FY 1976.
Upon motion by Mr. Alexander, seconded by Mr. White and unanimously passed, the application was approved for hearing on December 9.
5 - Mr. Alexander, Mr. Tucker, Mr. White, Mr. Munsey, and Mr. Barnett.
Mr. Graham called on Mr. Kennedy who reported that on Tuesday, November 4, the staff and Local 689 representatives had met as scheduled, and that another meeting would be held on Friday, November 7.
REPORT BY NUTC, D. C., AND WSTC:
No reports were given.
FIFTH BIANNUAL REPORT ON AUTHORITY INSURANCE PROGRAMS:
Mr. Tson summarized the Fifth Biannual Insurance Report, copies of which were furnished the Board and made a part of the official file, which report covered the status of the Authority Coordinated Insurance Program as of June 30, 1975.
I'ROPOSLD REVISIONS 10 METROBUS RUITS AND Roll AITON:
Mr. Herman referred to furnished copies of the proporciel Hrovisions to the Metrobus Rules and Regulations, which had been deferred on October 23.
Mr. Barnett requested that action be deferred for two additional weeks to allow further discussion in Montgomery County. The Board agreed.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF
Mr. Russell referred the Board to furnished copies of the General Manager's November 4 memorandum to the Board for improved traffic circulation through the development of bus priority streets with a proposed concept for contra-flow bus lanes along the 14th and 15th Street corridors. He referred to furnished copies of the final report by consultants and reviewed the three alternatives which had been selected for detailed study--Alternatives 2, 4, and 6, with Alternative 6 being the recommended alternative for implementation.
He reported that the staff of the 0. C. Department of Transportation is developing two alternative plans for bus priority treatment in addition to the alternatives studied in the WMATA environmental assessment of the corridors and that D. C. DOT is investigating the most feasible and cost effective plan since they are the implementing agency.
Mr. Russell stated that while the staff feels that Alternative 6 is the most feasible for implementation by the Bicentennial that the staff be given authority to transmit all the materials developed by staff, along with the Consultants report, to D. C. DOT for their cons i deration and implementation.
Discussion follwed wherein the D. C. members 'expressed their willingness to have the report and recommendation submitted to 0. C. DOT, but felt that the WMATA Board should have a further opportunity for review of the project.
Following further discussion, Mr. Washington moved that the materials be submitted to D. C. DOT for expeditious review and recommendation and be brought back to the Board for further review and action. The motion was seconded by Mr. Alexander and unanimously passed.
Mr. Alexander, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Munsey, Mr. Washington,
AUTHORITY TO AWARD CONTRACT FOR METRO TRACKWORK TIE PROCUREMENT, TW-3,
Mr. Lyon referred the Board to furnished copies of Procurement Action No. 2, Contract No. 22408D and related attachments, requesting auchority to award a contract to Koppers Company for procurement of timber ties.
Ayes: 6 - Mr. Alexander, Mr. Tucker, Mr. White, Mr. Munsey, .
Mr. Washington, and Mr. Barnett.
STAFF REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON PUBLIC HEARING ON ENVIRONMENTAL
Mr. Roohr referred the Board to furnished copies of the November 5 staff report and recommendations on the May 23, 1975, Public Hearing concerning Environmental Impact Studies for a portion of Proposed Springfield Route from Linnean Street (extended) to vicinity of Backlick Road and Proposed Franconi a Route from Junction with Springfield Route to approximately one mile south of Franconia Road and Alternate Alignments.
Mr. Roohr requested Board review of the materials for detailed presentation on November 20 by the staff, at which time Board action would be requested on the recommendations.
AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER
Mr. Garrett reported that on October 31 the WMATA staff had received the comments from the D. C. staff with respect to the proposed PEPCO agreement and that the staff had responded to the D. C. comments on November 3, with all documents furnished the Board, and that the two staffs had met for discussions on November 3 and that the staff was now in a position to negotiate the issues with PEPCO.
Board discussions were held for the staff to begin negotiations and report back to the Board in three weeks. Mr. Washington moved, seconded by Mr. Beatley that the staff proceed with negotiations with PEPCO on the ten points in the D.C. Staff paper and come back to the Board in three weeks.
Mr. Barnett moved that the motion be amended to delete Item 10 from the D. C. staff paper, which motion was seconded by Mr. White and unanimously passed.
Ayes: 6 - Mr. Alexander, Mr. Tucker, Mr. White, Mr. Washington,
Mr. Barnett, and Mr. Beatley.
The motion as amended was then passed.
Mr. Alexander, Mr. Tucker, Mr. White, Mr. Washington,
By consensus of the Board the following item was approved: