Citizens Advisory Committee - December 3, 2008

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AGENDA

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

Date:          6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Location:     1455 Market St., 22nd Floor

Members:    Brian Larkin (Chair), Jacqualine Sachs (Vice Chair), Chris Jones, Cecilia Lim, Michael Ma, Fran Martin, Vicki Oppenheim, Jul Lynn Parsons, Peter Tannen, and Wendy Tran

 

6:00     1.          Committee Meeting Call to Order                                                                             

6:05     2.         Adoption of Minutes of the October 22, 2008 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

6:07     3.         Chair's Report - INFORMATION

6:10      Policy and Programming

4.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Appropriation of $45,000 in Prop K Funds for the Bi-County Area Planning and Design Study, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* attachment

The Bi-County area, defined as the southeastern portion of the city around the neighborhoods of Executive Park, Candlestick Point, and Visitacion Valley, and including land under the City of Brisbane's jurisdiction, is expected to undergo transformative development in the coming years.  The Bi-County Area Planning and Design Study's aim is to build consensus on the design of two critical transportation facilities that will connect the surrounding community with local and regional transit services: Bayshore Intermodal Station and Geneva Avenue extension to a rebuilt US 101/Candlestick interchange and Harney Way.  The expected outcome of the study is consensus among the multiple stakeholders, including agencies in San Francisco and San Mateo County and community members, on a set of conceptual designs for the Bayshore Intermodal Station, its station area, and Geneva Avenue extension, 101 interchange, and rebuilt Harney Way.  The Prop K funds requested for the subject project will leverage $200,000 Station Area Planning Grant awarded to the Authority by Metropolitan Transportation Commission in 2008 and $55,000 from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County.  We are seeking a motion of support for the appropriation of $45,000 in Prop K funds, for the Bi-County Area Planning and Design Study, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

5.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Appropriation of $40,000 in Prop K Funds for the Western South of Market (SoMa) Neighborhood Transportation Planning Study, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* attachment

The Western South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, defined generally as the area between 4th and 12th Streets and Howard and Townsend Streets, has been the focus of a community planning process, led by the Western SoMa Task Force, that envisions land use and transportation changes to improve livability in the neighborhood while preserving its historical character. The Planning Commission will consider adoption of the draft Community Plan in spring 2009.  The Authority seeks to support the implementation of the Community Plan by further defining selected implementation recommendations in a Western SoMa Neighborhood Transportation Planning Study.  The requested funds would serve as the local match to a $60,000 grant the Authority was awarded in April 2008 from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Community-Based Transportation Planning grant program.  The study will produce conceptual designs, cost estimates, and a funding and implementation plan for high-priority transportation projects.  Community input would be solicited through the existing Western SoMa Task Force and two rounds of workshops related to the study.  The Authority would also convene an interagency Technical Advisory Committee to coordinate with related operations and implementation agencies (e.g., the Municipal Transportation Agency, the Department of Public Works) and other planning efforts (e.g., the Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Study, the Transit Effectiveness Project).  The Authority will lead the project, and both a technical consultant and a community-based organization will be selected through a competitive bid process to, respectively, perform evaluation and project development tasks and to facilitate community input for the study.  Our schedule assumes that the Authority Board would consider adoption of the study's final report in February 2010.  We are seeking a motion of support for the appropriation of $40,000 in Prop K funds for the Western SoMa Neighborhood Transportation Planning Study, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

6.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Appropriation of $90,000 in Prop K Funds for the Central Freeway/Octavia Boulevard Circulation Study, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and Amendment of the Relevant 5-Year Prioritization Program - ACTION* attachment

San Francisco's Market-Octavia neighborhood has experienced several transformative efforts recently, most notably the opening of the Octavia Boulevard/Central Freeway project in 2005 and the adoption in 2008 of a new land use plan. To support this new land use plan with transportation improvements, and to further improve circulation in the neighborhood, the Authority seeks to evaluate existing and future transportation needs and refine and develop additional projects to improve the area's livability and viability for future transit-oriented growth. In summer 2008, the Authority secured a $160,000 Station Area Planning Grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to conduct this study.  The requested $90,000 would provide the required local match to fully fund the study.  The Authority will lead the project and expects to complete the study by June 2010.  We are seeking a motion of support for the appropriation of $90,000 in Prop K funds for the Central Freeway/Octavia Boulevard Circulation Study, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and amendment of the relevant 5YPP.

7.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $15,944 in Additional Prop K Funds to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB) for the Systemwide Track Rehabilitation Program, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* attachment

On November 25, 2008, through approval of Resolution 09-21, the Authority Board allocated $216,667 to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB or Caltrain) for its Fiscal Year 2008/09 Systemwide Track Rehabilitation Program. After submitting this allocation request to the Authority, the  PCJPB identified $1,688,000 in cost savings from Federal 5307 and 5309 funds programmed to other projects, allowing PCJPB to increase overall funding for its Fiscal Year 2008/09 Systemwide Track Rehabilitation Program from $6,500,000 to $8,600,000. The current request for $15,994 in additional Prop K funds is needed to fully cover San Francisco's share of local match contribution for the expanded program. Caltrain is concurrently seeking increased local match contributions from the other PCJPB members (e.g., San Mateo and Santa Clara counties). Caltrain's Track Rehabilitation State of Good Repair Program, includes, but is not limited to: replacement of main track turnouts, production rail, stock rails and points; removal of old or bonded-over insulated joints; purchase of production ties, wood cross ties, small tools and equipment, continuous welded rail, and hi-rail car mover; and contracted bridge repair work.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $15,994 in additional Prop K funds to the PCJPB for the Systemwide Track Rehabilitation Program, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

8.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of up to $1,845,844 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Construction Phase of the Cable Car Propulsion Controller Upgrade Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* attachment

The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) currently operates three cable car routes and associated infrastructure, which require periodic update, repair and replacement to maintain safe and efficient operations.  The MTA has requested $1,845,844 in Prop K funds to leverage $7,383,377 of Federal Section 5309 Fixed Guideway funds for the Cable Car Propulsion Controller Upgrade Project.  This project will improve safety, reduce maintenance, improve reliability, and heighten overall service quality for the California, Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde Cable Car lines by upgrading the propulsion controller system for the Direct Current (DC) motor drives located in the Cable Car Barn (1201 Mason Street).  The total cost of construction is $9,229,221.  The MTA expects to complete the project by December 2010.  The MTA is coordinating with multiple agencies, including the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to maintain traffic circulation, improve drainage in the sheave pits, and move three input/output panels from the sheave pits to street-level to protect them from water damage. It will also notify the surrounding neighborhood of the three service disruptions during revenue service hours and disruptions associated with the necessary construction activities.  Staff recommendation is an allocation of up to $1,845,844 pending documentation from the MTA supporting a 5.2% escalation factor.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of up to $1,845,844 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the construction phase of the Cable Car Propulsion Controller Upgrade Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

6:55     Planning

9.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report; Approval of the Findings of Fact; Approval of the Statement of Overriding Considerations; Adoption of the Mitigation Monitoring Plan; and Approval of the Refined Presidio Parkway as the Preferred Alternative for the South Access to the Golden Gate Bridge: Doyle Drive Replacement Project - ACTION* attachment

The Authority is the lead agency for development of preliminary engineering and preparation of a federal environmental impact statement and state environmental impact report (EIS/R) for the replacement of the South Access to the Golden Gate Bridge: Doyle Drive. The purpose of the project is to improve the seismic, structural, and traffic safety of the roadway within the setting and context of the Presidio of San Francisco. The Doyle Drive Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Report (EIS/R) was completed and circulated for public comment in December 2005. The DEIS/R evaluates three project alternatives: Alternative 1, No-Build; Alternative 2, Replace and Widen; and Alternative 5, Presidio Parkway.  At its September 26, 2006 meeting, the Authority Board adopted a resolution identifying the Presidio Parkway as the preferred alternative.  The Final Environmental Impact Statement and Report (FEIS/R) was completed and released in October 2008. The FEIS/R identifies a refined version of the Presidio Parkway as the preferred alternative, describes the project impacts and contains the proposed mitigation measures for the project. We are seeking a motion of support for for certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report; approval of the Findings of Fact; approval of the Statement of Overriding Considerations; adoption of the Mitigation Monitoring Plan; and approval of the Refined Presidio Parkway as the Preferred Alternative for the South Access to the Golden Gate Bridge: Doyle Drive Replacement Project.

10.               Adopt a Motion of Support to Advance the Refined Congestion Pricing Scenarios for Further Analysis - ACTION* attachment

In March 2007, the Authority initiated the Mobility, Access and Pricing Study to evaluate the feasibility of implementing congestion pricing in San Francisco.  The Study is based on the analysis of a range of possible congestion pricing program options including an assessment of the potential benefits and impacts to our transportation system, economy, and environment.  The Study team has conducted numerous technical analyses and gathered public input through public workshops, advisory committees, and community meetings. A key finding to date is that a congestion pricing program for San Francisco would be both technically feasible and effective. The broad set of potential congestion pricing scenarios considered includes geographic options for the priced area, alternative pricing and discount policies, and consideration of a set of potential local and regional transportation improvements that could accompany a congestion pricing program. The most promising scenarios provide substantial benefits with minimal or manageable impacts, and warrant additional analysis in order to further define the shape of a possible congestion pricing program for San Francisco.  Identifying a refined set of scenarios to evaluate in further detail will enable a more robust analysis of potential transportation system enhancements and constraints that could accompany a pricing program, the economic and financial effects of such a program, and the institutional and regulatory requirements for implementation.  We are seeking a motion of support to advance the refined congestion pricing scenarios for further analysis.

11.                Adopt a Motion of Support for the Award of a Professional Services Contract to Godbe Research to Conduct Phase 2 of the 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey, in an Amount not to Exceed $85,000 - ACTION* attachment

The 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey is the first comprehensive travel behavior survey to be conducted for San Francisco's Eastern Neighborhoods since the 2000 Bay Area Travel Survey by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  Since then, the Eastern Neighborhoods have experienced rapid demographic and land use changes, and these trends are expected to continue. The 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey will provide updated information to form a basis for upcoming local transportation plans and development studies in this area of the city.  Phase 1 of the survey covered the area near the Transbay Terminal and was completed in October 2008; Phase 2 will expand the surveyed area to cover the remainder of the Eastern Neighborhoods.  In October 2008, we issued an Invitation For Bid to conduct Phase 2 of the 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey. Consultant proposals were due to the Authority on November 19, 2008, by which time we received two responsive bids. In order to assist with the consultant selection, we assembled a review panel comprised of representatives from the Municipal Transportation Agency and the Authority. Using a competitive selection process, the panel recommends the award of this contract to Godbe Research. We are seeking a motion of support for the award of a professional services contract to Godbe Research to conduct Phase 2 of the 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey, in an amount not to exceed $85,000.

7:30     Finance and Administration

12.               Adopt a Motion of Support to Accept the Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2008 - ACTION*  attachment

The Authority's financial records are required to be audited annually by an independent, certified public accountant. The annual audit for the year ended June 30, 2008 was conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards by the independent, certified public accounting firm of Macias, Gini & O'Connell LLP (Macias Gini).  Macias Gini is also the auditor for the City and County of San Francisco.  For the annual audit, Macias Gini has issued an unqualified (clean) opinion, stating that the financial statements present fairly and accurately, in all material respects, the financial position of the Authority. Since more than $500,000 in federal grants was expended during the year, a single audit was performed. For the single audit, the Macias Gini opinion also states that the Authority complied, in all material respects with the requirements applicable to its major federal programs.  The full audit report is attached. We are seeking a motion of support to accept the Audit Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2008.

7:50     11.        Public Comment

8:00     12.        Adjournment

 

* Materials Attached

 

Next Regular Meeting: January 21, 2008

 

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