Citizens Advisory Committee - September 24, 2008

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AGENDA

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

Date:          6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 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 July 23, 2008 Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

6:07     3.         Chair's Report - INFORMATION

6:10      Policy and Programming

5.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $185,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Design and Construction Phases of the 19th Avenue Edge Line Striping Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

In May 2008, the Authority Board approved the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard Transportation Plan, which recommended a program of projects to improve pedestrian safety, transit operations, and appearance of the corridor, with a view to creating greater balance among the various functions and users of the street. One of the high priority projects identified in the Plan was an edge line to clearly mark the boundary between the rightmost travel lane and the shoulder, which can be used for parking.  Because the shoulder is not clearly marked, vehicles are often parked on the sidewalks, obstructing the pedestrian path of travel and impacting pedestrian safety. The edge line project is intended to improve pedestrian safety by reducing sidewalk parking, as well as contributing to reduced vehicle speeds in the rightmost travel lane due to a traffic calming effect. Because 19th Avenue is a state highway (State Route 1), the Authority has been supporting MTA's efforts to obtain Caltrans approval of design exceptions needed for the project. The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has requested $185,000 in Prop K funds to design and construct edge line stripes on both sides of 19th Avenue from Sloat Boulevard to Lincoln Way.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $185,000 in Prop K funds to the MTA, with conditions, for the design and construction phases of the 19th Avenue Edge Line Striping Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

6.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $121,774 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Bicycle Safety Education Classes and $165,768 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the MTA for Bike to Work Day Promotion, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION* (attachment)

The MTA has requested $287,542 to fund two bicycle safety, education, and outreach campaigns for two years each, specifically Bicycle Safety Education Classes ($121,774) and Bike to Work Day Promotion ($165,768).  The MTA has previously included these campaigns under a single multitask annual allocation for safety, education, and outreach. In an effort to improve administrative efficiency and reduce costs, the MTA is requesting stand-alone allocations for each of these campaigns, and requesting two year's worth of funding instead of one.  Among other benefits, this approach reduces staff time associated with procuring a new contractor each year and improves contractor efficiency (e.g., no learning curve for year 2).  The Bicycle Safety Education Classes project request would fund 56 classes in calendar years 2009 and 2010, as well as complementary outreach efforts. The Bike to Work Day Promotion project includes distribution of safety materials, outdoor media campaigns, bicycle safety education, and collaborating with partner agencies.   We have included a special condition for the Bike to Work Day Promotion request, which requires the MTA to submit the paperwork necessary to de-obligate about $58,000 in remaining funds from the Fiscal Year 2006/07 Bicycle Safety Education project. The de-obligation is not from costs savings, but is an effort to realign grants to better match fiscal year schedules. It will also provide sufficient cash flow capacity to support the MTA's current request without affecting cash flow capacity for other upcoming bicycle projects.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $121,774 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for Bicycle Safety Education Classes and $165,768 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for Bike to Work Day Promotion, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.

7.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $300,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Three Wayside Train Control Program Projects, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION* (attachment)

The MTA has requested Prop K funds for three projects from its Wayside Train Control Program.  This program ensures that all trolley and rail system for wayside signaling, switching, and automatic routing are maintained in a state of good repair.  Specifically, the MTA has requested $100,000 in Prop K funds for each of the following projects: Central Control Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Computer Room Upgrade for conceptual engineering and construction, Central Control Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) Replacement for conceptual engineering and construction, and Automatic Train Control System (ATCS) Network Upgrade to Windows for conceptual engineering.  In all cases, the Prop K funds are providing local match to Federal Section 5309 funds.  For both the HVAC and UPS projects, the MTA has requested and we are recommending multi-phases allocations given the short duration of the conceptual engineering phases and the nature of the work.  For both projects, the MTA is considering a design-build approach paired with a job order contract in order to expedite delivery of these projects, which support the critical functions of the MTA's Central Control Facility.  The ATCS Network upgrade is by far the most complicated project entailing a software platform upgrade of the ATCS System Management Center from an IBM 0S/2 operating system to a Windows operating system.  Thales (formerly Alcatel), the sole-source supplier of the proprietary ATCS software, will perform the work during the procurement phase, the subject of a future Prop K request.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $300,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for three wayside train control program projects, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.

8.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $2,815,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Miscellaneous Rail Replacement Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) currently operates six light rail vehicle routes as well as its Historic Streetcar and Historic Cable Car service on 71.5 miles of at-grade and below-grade rail and associated infrastructure throughout the city.  The rail infrastructure needs periodic update, repair and replacement to maintain safe and efficient operations, and to mitigate excessive noise and vibration for Muni passengers and nearby residents.  The MTA has requested $2,815,000 in Prop K funds to leverage $11,259,950 of Federal Section 5309 Fixed Guideway funds for the Miscellaneous Rail Replacement Project.  This project is made up of a series of spot improvements that will replace the rail at seven locations, as well as construct one Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramp.  The total cost of construction is $14,074,950.   The MTA expects to complete the project by March 2010.  The MTA is coordinating with multiple agencies and the public to minimize the disruption to transit service, traffic circulation, and other municipal infrastructure during the construction phase.  We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $2,815,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the Miscellaneous Rail Replacement Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

9.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $71,250 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Ladder Crosswalks Maintenance Project, Subject to the Attached Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

As a measure to promote school safety, the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) conducted a campaign to convert crosswalk markings at approximately 900 intersections and mid-block crossings near schools to yellow ladder-style striping. Installation was completed primarily with Prop B funds. These crosswalks now require maintenance, as expected based on the projected 7-year lifespan of the improvement. The MTA is requesting $71,250 to maintain ladder crosswalks at approximately 30 locations where maintenance is most urgently needed. We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $71,250 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the Ladder Crosswalks Maintenance Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

10.               Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $775,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) Construction Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and Amendment of the Relevant 5-Year Prioritization Program - ACTION* (attachment)

Blind and visually impaired people have difficulty taking advantage of traffic and pedestrian signals. Consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) statute and implementing regulations, the federal traffic engineering manual encourages consideration of APS where blind pedestrians may have difficulty crossing. Many San Francisco crossings are particularly difficult, due to angled, multi-leg intersections, or to special pedestrian-only (or light traffic) phases. The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) will install APS systems at 114 locations throughout the city. To date, 54 APS systems are in service, including 31 systems funded by Prop K on the Third Street corridor. The MTA plans to install an additional 60 APS systems with funding from a Safe Routes to Transit grant, a Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program grant, and Prop K. The MTA requests $775,000 in Prop K funds to install APS at 40 of the 60 sites. The Authority previously allocated $161,500 in Prop K funds for the design phase of this project. MTA is also requesting an amendment to the 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) for the Pedestrian Circulation and Safety category to make sufficient funds available for the subject project. We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $775,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the APS Construction Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and amendment of the relevant 5YPP.

11.                Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $60,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the 6th and Irving Street Transit Preferential Streets Upgrade Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION*(attachment)

The N-Judah line is the most heavily used light rail vehicle (LRV) line in San Francisco, providing over 45,000 passenger trips each day to and from Ocean Beach and the Caltrain Station and 4th and King Street. The existing traffic signal priority system equipment at 6th and Irving Street on the N-Judah line was installed in 1988, but recently has failed.  The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) requests $60,000 in Prop K funds for design and construction an upgraded traffic signal priority system at the intersection. This project would upgrade the existing non-functioning overhead contact pans and wiring, the traffic signal controller, and the system software. The upgrade would allow the approaching transit vehicles to pass through the intersection without having to stop, resulting in a decrease in travel time for N-Judah LRVs by an average of 5-10 seconds.   We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $60,000 in Prop K Funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the 6th and Irving Street Transit Preferential Streets Upgrade Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

12.               Progress Update for Five Projects Funded by the 2006 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) Grant Cycle - INFORMATION* (attachment)

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC's) Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) encourages residents and other stakeholders in low income communities to participate in identifying priorities for transportation improvements and provides funding to implement these priorities.  In 2006, MTC initiated the capital grants portion of the LTP, and delegated administration, including project selection and oversight, to the nine Bay Area Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs).  As the CMA for San Francisco, the Authority was responsible for establishing San Francisco's project priorities for the 2006 LTP grant cycle. In July 2006, the Authority recommended programming of $2,753,000 in LTP funds to the five projects shown in Attachment 1.  We are currently in the midst of developing recommendations for the 2008 LTP.  The twelve applications that are under consideration are shown in Attachment 2.  We plan to bring the 2008 LTP recommendations to the Citizens Advisory Committee in October 2008. The purpose of this memorandum is to present a progress update for the five projects funded in the 2006 LTP grant cycle, which will also help inform the selection of the 2008 LTP program of projects.  This is an information item.

7:05     Capital Projects

13.               Status Report on the Third Street Light Rail Project - INFORMATION

7:15      14.        Public Comment

7:20     15.        Adjournment

 

* Materials Attached

 

Next Regular Meeting: October 22, 2008

 

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