Citizens Advisory Committee - July 23, 2008

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AGENDA

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

Date:          6:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Location:     1455 Market St., 22nd Floor

Members:    Brian Larkin (Chair), Jacqualine Sachs (Vice Chair), Chris Jones, Cecilia Lim, Michael Ma, Anita Madrigal, 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 June 25, 2008 Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

6:07     3.         Chair's Report - INFORMATION

6:10      Policy and Programming

4.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $27,000 in Prop K Funds to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), with Conditions, for the Environmental Study and Final Design Phases of the Mission and Geneva Pedestrian Improvements Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The intersection of Mission Street and Geneva Avenue is an important hub in San Francisco's transit network, serving several major bus routes (bus lines 9AX, 9BX, 14, 14L, 29, 43, and 54) and located within walking distance of the Balboa Park Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station.  The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has requested $27,000 of Prop K funds as a local match to the environmental study and final design phases for a $940,000 Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) grant to enhance pedestrian safety, improve streetscape conditions for waiting transit passengers, and reduce transit vehicle delay.  The preliminary scope of the project includes the installation of transit bulbs, a pedestrian-friendly reconfiguration of the northwest corner of the intersection, transit passenger amenities, new left-turn pockets, curb ramps, and other infrastructure upgrades and improvements.  Once the MTA has substantially completed design of the project and has finalized aspects of the scope that have not yet been determined (e.g., the number of bus bulbs, the type of right turn pocket treatment), it can submit an allocation request for an additional $83,000 in Prop K funds included in the funding plan for the construction phase of the project.  This project was identified as a community priority in the Authority's Mission-Geneva Neighborhood Transportation Plan, and complements two other grants that the Authority Board has recently approved for the study and implementation of Transit Preferential Street (TPS) improvements on the Geneva Avenue corridor.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $27,000 in Prop K funds to the MTA, with conditions, for the environmental study and final design phases of the Mission and Geneva Pedestrian Improvements Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

5.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Appropriation of $50,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, for the 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey - Phase 2, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - 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 (MTC). 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 is intended to provide high-quality updated information and form a basis for upcoming local transportation plans and development studies in this area of the city. Study results will also inform implementation of the Municipal Transportation Agency's (MTA) Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). The 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey is being conducted in two phases. The Planning Department is currently leading Phase 1, which is funded by a private developer and is expected to be completed by October 2008. Survey work for Phase 1 focuses on the area adjacent to the Transbay Terminal. The Prop K funds requested for Phase 2 will leverage a $70,000 Station Area Planning Grant recently awarded to the San Francisco Planning Department by the MTC. Phase 2 will broaden the study area to include the downtown (C-3), South of Market (SOMA) and Mission Bay neighborhoods. Phase 2 is expected to be completed by January 2009. We are seeking a motion of support for the appropriation of $50,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, for the 2008 Eastern Neighborhoods Travel Behavior Survey - Phase 2, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

6:40     Planning

6.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Approval of the Auto Trip Generation Impact Measure Final Report and for Authorization to Contribute Up to $100,000 from the Adopted Budget Towards the ATG TIMF Nexus Study - ACTION* (attachment)

The Authority adopted Transportation Level of Service (LOS) Methodologies Strategic Analysis Report (SAR 02-03) examined alternative methodologies for assessing the transportation impacts of projects pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The SAR recommended convening a technical working group (TWG) to refine the SAR's recommendations for the Authority Board's approval and action. In July, 2005, staff updated the Authority on the LOS TWG recommendations, which included replacing the current LOS measure with a measure based on the Auto Trips Generated (ATG) by a project, paired with a transportation impact mitigation fee (TIMF).  Based on subsequent technical assessment and input from the LOS TWG, City Attorney, and Peer Review Roundtable, the Auto Trip Generation Impact Measure Final Report recommends an ATG measure paired with a transportation impact mitigation fee that would apply to each net trip generated by a project.  Projects which do not generate new auto trips would not be considered to have transportation impacts under CEQA.  This approach is 1) a better proxy for environmental effect than LOS; 2) consistent with the City's Transit First policy and other environmental and health goals; 3) more efficient and transparent for the Planning Department to apply and for project sponsors to understand; and 4) a more effective approach to transportation impact mitigation. The report recommends the adoption of a new ATG measure and TIMF program by the City, and proposes that the Authority partner with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Planning Department on the initiation of a nexus study to support the new program.  We are seeking a motion of support for the approval of the Auto Trip Generation Impact Measure Final Report and for authorization to contribute up to $100,000 from the adopted budget towards the ATG TIMF Nexus Study.

7.                  Status Report on the Transit Effectiveness Project - INFORMATION

This is a status report on the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the City's first comprehensive review of the Muni transit system in over 25 years. The project is a joint effort of the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) and the Controller's Office. Over the past 18 months, the TEP has gathered an unprecedented level of ridership data, studied best practices from other transit systems, and conducted extensive public outreach to community stakeholders, policy makers and MTA employees. Informed by these efforts, the TEP has developed a set of preliminary proposals that aim to transform Muni so people can get where they want to go quickly, reliably, and safely. The proposals would also help address Muni's structural budget deficit by making service more efficient, and would reduce traffic congestion and pollution by attracting new customers to Muni. Since unveiling the TEP's draft proposals in February, the project team has been engaged in a comprehensive outreach plan to build awareness of and solicit community input on the proposed changes. We will share progress to date on key tasks, including an overview of the draft proposals, a summary of public outreach efforts, and a preview of next steps. Later this summer, the TEP will submit a revised set of recommendations to the MTA Board, reflecting modifications as a result of internal and external stakeholder input received. This is an information item.

7:15      Finance and Administration

8.                  Investment Report for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2008 - INFORMATION* (attachment)

The Authority's Investment Policy directs that a review of portfolio compliance be presented quarterly.  As year-end closing is still underway, the investment report for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 is presented independently. Following the annual audit, the Basic Financial Statements will be presented to the CAC along with the results of the fiscal audit, single audit, and management review.  This is an information item.

7:30     Other Items

7:35     9.         Public Comment

7:45     10.        Adjournment

* Materials Attached



Next Regular Meeting: September 24, 2008

 

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