Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016; 6:00 p.m.
Location: Transportation Authority Hearing Room, 1455 Market Street, Floor 22
Members: Chris Waddling (Chair), Peter Sachs (Vice Chair), Myla Ablog, Becky Hogue, John Larson, Santiago Lerma, Jacqualine Sachs, Peter Tannen and Bradley Wiedmaier
6:00 1. Committee Meeting Call to Order
6:05 2. Chair’s Report – INFORMATION
6:10 Consent Calendar
4. State and Federal Legislative Update – INFORMATION* attachment
Every month, we provide an update on state and federal legislation and, when appropriate, seek recommendations to adopt new positions on active legislation. The attached matrix tracks the latest activity on state bills and the positions previously adopted by the Transportation Authority. The Finance Committee is not recommending any new positions this month, but adding bills to watch.
5. Citizens Advisory Committee Appointments – INFORMATION
The Plans and Programs Committee will consider recommending appointment of two members to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at its July 19 meeting. The vacancies are the result of the resignation of John Morrison (District 11 resident) due to health and time constraints, and the automatic membership termination of Brian Larkin (District 1 resident) due to four absences over twelve regularly scheduled consecutive meetings, pursuant to the CAC’s By-Laws. Mr. Larkin is seeking reappointment. Neither staff nor CAC members make recommendations regarding CAC appointments. CAC applications can be submitted through the Transportation Authority’s website at www.sfcta.org/cac.
End of Consent Calendar
6:20 6. Adopt a Motion of Support for Allocation of $45,417,062 in Prop K Funds and $141,794 in Prop AA Funds, with Conditions, for Eleven Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules, and a Commitment to Allocate $3,810,006 in Prop K funds – ACTION* memo enclosure presentation
As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have eleven requests totaling $45,558,856 in Prop K and Prop AA funds to present to the Citizens Advisory Committee. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has requested $27.3 million in Prop K funds to leverage over $258 million in federal, state, and local funds for construction of Van Ness Improvements including bus rapid transit (BRT). This project includes a suite of improvements to enable BRT service to start in spring 2019. The SFMTA is requesting $4.1 million for a major rehabilitation of the light rail track and infrastructure in Muni's Twin Peaks Tunnel (Castro to West Portal Stations) which will improve travel time and reliability on the K, L, and M lines. The SFMTA is requesting the annual Prop K contribution for paratransit operations which is slightly higher than in past years due to the increased cost of services under a new contract. The SFMTA is requesting Prop K funds for four street improvement projects including: $1.7 million for six new traffic signals and two flashing beacons, $150,000 for bicycle facility maintenance, $213,525 for evaluation of local traffic calming applications, and $260,000 for the planning phase to identify preferred designs for the Bosworth/Arlington and Bosworth/Lyell intersections. The SFMTA is requesting $100,000 in Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) funds to study the potential reconfiguration of West Side transit routes including but not limited to the 66-Quintara line to improve access to transit hubs. Finally, the SFMTA is requesting $1.4 million in Prop K and $141,794 in Prop AA funds for traffic signals upgrades at seven locations on Webster Street. San Francisco Public Works is requesting $5,278 in Prop K funds to match a federal grant for design of a multi-use trail on Great Highway between Sloat and Skyline and $30,000 in NTIP funds for construction of South Park Traffic Calming.
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was briefed on potential local transportation revenue measures at a special meeting on June 15. This memo provides an update and supports a continued conversation on this topic at the regular June 22 CAC meeting. The Mayor and several members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have collaborated on a Transportation Expenditure Plan that would direct approximately $100 million a year for 25 years to critical transit services and transportation improvements in every neighborhood, including safer, well-maintained streets, transit maintenance and expansion, and Muni equity and affordability programs. The Expenditure Plan is described in a charter amendment that would create General Fund set-asides for homelessness programs and for transportation (Attachment 1). The budget set-asides would be funded by the City’s General Fund. A general sales tax increase of 0.75% has also been proposed for the November ballot. If approved, this measure would generate additional revenues for the General Fund. While the two measures are not legally linked, if both measures were approved, they would result, at least initially in approximately equivalent increase in General Fund revenues and expenditures. A separate ‘back-up’ option under consideration for the November ballot, should the Charter Amendment not move forward, is a dedicated 0.5% sales tax increase ordinance for transportation only (Attachment 2). The Expenditure Plans of both measures have identical structures that build and expand on the recommendations of the 2013 San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP) and 2014 Transportation 2030 Task Force. Over the next several weeks as we move closer to the late July/early August deadlines for placing measures on the November 2016 ballot, we will continue to seek input from city and regional transit agencies serving San Francisco, members of the public, and other key stakeholders through a variety of outreach tools and strategies including a telephone town hall as described in the memo. A hearing on the Charter Amendment legislation has also been scheduled for the June 30 Rules Committee at the Board of Supervisors. We are seeking input on the Charter Amendment and Transportation Expenditure Plan from the CAC.
Congestion is an ongoing issue in San Francisco, affecting its goals of Livability, Economic Competitiveness, and Healthy Environment, as defined in the San Francisco Transportation Plan. At the time of adoption of the Mobility, Access, and Pricing Study (MAPS) in 2010, the Transportation Authority Board and other stakeholders requested that staff examine policies that address parking demand and supply to see if these policies could serve as an alternative or complement to cordon based pricing. The Parking Supply and Utilization Study (PSUS) evaluated the feasibility of several parking-related strategies for congestion reduction through shifting trips from auto to non-auto modes (mode shift) or shifting trips to less congested time periods (peak spreading). PSUS found that the evaluated parking strategies perform modestly in mitigating area-wide congestion, and were less effective than the preferred cordon pricing scenario examined in MAPS. Rather than further pursue any of the strategies analyzed in the Study, PSUS recommends that agencies continue pursuing current parking initiatives, including utilization of demand based pricing for on-street parking and implementation of the Transportation Demand Management Ordinance. PSUS also recommends that the Transportation Authority evaluate the outcome of its ongoing pricing and demand management initiatives, including the Treasure Island Mobility Management Program and the Freeway Corridor Management Study, before further pursuing cordon based pricing initiatives in downtown San Francisco. The enclosure is a summary report for the Study, and a more thorough and detailed technical report is available upon request.
The Transportation Authority is working in collaboration with the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) to construct new I-80/westbound on and off ramps (on the east side of Yerba Buena Island (YBI)) connecting to the new Eastern Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB). TIDA is starting their redevelopment construction efforts on Treasure Island and YBI. Caltrans is also continuing their new Eastern Span SFOBB construction efforts; reconstructing the I-80 east bound on and off ramps including extending their Eastern Span bicycle pedestrian path to YBI. The Transportation Authority has been actively coordinating with Caltrans, the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), TIDA, and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure proper coordination of all related construction efforts. In anticipation of the new Eastern Span bicycle pedestrian path extension to YBI occurring in fall 2016, all of the affected agencies have determined it would be advantageous to design and construct temporary trail landing Vista Point (Vista Point) improvements on YBI adjacent to the SFOBB bicycle/pedestrian path touch down area. These improvements would provide a temporary larger, more amenable Vista Point area (on U.S. Coast Guard property – Quarters 9), including hydration station, portable restrooms, bike racks, parking lot and pedestrian actuated crosswalk. The Vista Point improvements would be delivered by the Transportation Authority in partnership with BATA. BATA will be responsible for designing the facility and funding 50% of construction, while the Transportation Authority will be responsible for constructing the Vista Point improvements (as a construction contract change order to the I-80/YBI East Side Ramps project) and funding 50% of construction. Vista Point construction work is targeted for completion in fall 2016 and will be coordinated with the new Eastern Span bicycle pedestrian path extension to YBI. Construction of the project is proceeding on schedule and within budget, and is approximately 90% complete.
7:30 10. Update on Late Night Transportation Plan – INFORMATION presentation
The Transportation Authority, together with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Entertainment Commission, and the Late Night Transportation Working Group, has been working to advance the recommendations of the 2015 Working Group report “The Other 9-to-5: Improving Late-Night and Early-Morning Transportation for San Francisco Workers, Residents, and Visitors.” The set of initiatives in this second phase of work includes a coordinated information campaign to communicate existing services, a pilot program to fund location-specific improvements, and establishment of an ongoing data monitoring practice. In addition, the Transportation Authority is leading an analysis of the existing all-night Muni and regional bus service to identify proposed changes. We have completed the first part of this work, a demand analysis to identify where late-night workers live, where their workplaces are in San Francisco and the region, and where the existing network fails to serve areas with potential demand. Next steps are two evaluate the performance of existing late-night bus service and identify recommendations for both cost-neutral changes and network expansions that would require additional resources.
7:45 11. Introduction of New Business – INFORMATION
During this segment of the meeting, CAC members may make comments on items not specifically listed above, or introduce or request items for future consideration.
7:50 12. Public Comment
8:00 13. Adjournment
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Next Meeting: September 7, 2016
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