Citizens Advisory Committee - September 28, 2016


Meeting Notice

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 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, Brian Larkin, John Larson, Jacqualine Sachs, Peter Tannen and Bradley Wiedmaier


6:00 1. Committee Meeting Call to Order

6:05 2. Chair’s Report – INFORMATION

6:10 3. Approve the Minutes of the September 7, 2016 Special Meeting – ACTION*  minutes

6:15 4. Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $12,713,969 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, for Two Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules – ACTION*  memo  presentation

As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have two requests totaling $12,713,969 in Prop K funds to present to the Citizens Advisory Committee. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has requested $11.95 million to construct worker fall protection systems compliant with California Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards at six transit fleet maintenance facilities and at the West Portal Muni station. The project will provide safe access for maintaining rooftop-mounted vehicle equipment such as power, fuel, cooling, and electrical systems, and for maintaining portions of the West Portal station facility. San Francisco Public Works has requested $763,969 to construct up to 65 curb ramps at intersections located in Districts 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

6:25 5. Adopt a Motion of Support to Execute a Memorandum of Agreement with the Treasure Island Development Authority for the Yerba Buena Island Vista Point Operation Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $500,000 through December 31, 2018, and to Authorize the Executive Director to Negotiate Payment Terms and Non-Material Agreement Terms and Conditions – ACTION*  memo  presentation

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). 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. In anticipation of the new bicycle/pedestrian path extension expected to be completed in late September 2016, all of the agencies involved have determined it would be advantageous to design and construct temporary trail landing 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 but not limited to a hydration station, portable restrooms, bike racks, shuttle from Treasure Island and pedestrian crosswalk. The Vista Point improvements would be delivered by the Transportation Authority in partnership with the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA). BATA will be responsible for designing the facility while the Transportation Authority will be responsible for constructing the Vista Point improvements. Vista Point construction work is targeted for completion in November 2016. The Vista Point improvements are planned to be in service until December 31, 2018, or until the realigned and reconstructed Macalla Road (constructed by TIDA) is completed, whichever occurs first.

6:40 6. Adopt a Motion of Support for Approval of the 2017 Prop AA Strategic Plan Policies and Screening and Prioritization Criteria – ACTION*  memo  presentation

Prop AA generates revenues from a $10 vehicle registration fee on motor vehicles registered in San Francisco to fund local road repairs, pedestrian safety improvements, and transit reliability and mobility improvements throughout the city consistent with the 2010 voter-approved Expenditure Plan. The Prop AA Expenditure Plan requires the Transportation Authority to adopt a Strategic Plan, which shall include a detailed 5-year prioritized program of projects (5YPP) for each of the three Expenditure Plan categories prior to the allocation of funds. We have reached the last year of 5YPP programming (covering Fiscal Years 2012/13 to 2016/17) in the 2012 Strategic Plan, and are preparing to release a call for projects for approximately $23.2 million in Prop AA funds for the next 5-year period (Fiscal Years 2017/18 to 2021/22). The funds will be programmed in the 2017 Strategic Plan update. To guide this first update, we are recommending minor revisions to two key documents that inform the programming and administration of the Prop AA program: the Prop AA Strategic Plan Policies which provide guidance to staff and project sponsors on the various aspects of managing the program, including the allocation and expenditure of funds (see Attachment 1); and the Prop AA Screening and Prioritization Criteria which provide the mechanism to evaluate and prioritize projects for funding within the three programmatic categories (see Attachment 2). We anticipate releasing a call for projects for the 2017 5YPP updates following Board approval of the Policies and Screening and Prioritization Criteria next month.

6:50 7. Alemany Interchange Improvement Study Update – INFORMATION  presentation

At the CAC meeting we will provide an update on the Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) funded Alemany Interchange Improvement Study (Study). This community-driven project, was developed in response to concerns about safety and access across and along Alemany Boulevard between Bayshore Boulevard and Putnam Street, which provides access to Alemany Farmers Market. This portion of Alemany Boulevard, where U.S. 101, I-280, San Bruno Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard intersect, presents major challenges to pedestrian and bicycle safety and accessibility. The freeways and vehicle-oriented street design present barriers between the surrounding neighborhoods and limit crossing opportunities, requiring pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders to navigate a circuitous maze of high-speed streets and ramps. The Study has identified two phases for improvements through this corridor. Phase 1 recommendations include: extend the existing Alemany Boulevard bicycle lanes from west of Putnam to connect to existing bicycle lanes on Bayshore Boulevard; reduce Alemany Boulevard vehicle lanes from three to two in each direction; and restripe for multimodal improvements and traffic calming at intersections. Phase 2 recommendations include: a new multiuse path connecting from San Bruno Avenue to the Alemany Farmers Market, with a new traffic signal and marked crosswalk to facilitate pedestrian crossing of westbound Alemany Boulevard. Current project efforts for Phase 1 are focused on final design; for Phases 1 and 2, current efforts include developing planning-level cost estimates and ongoing outreach and community engagement. The project will conclude with a funding and implementation plan. The Study is funded by Prop K sales tax funds and General Fund. Staff will also be presenting an update to the Portola Neighborhood Association on September 27.

7:05 8. Update Quint-Jerrold Connector Road Project – INFORMATION  presentation

At the request of CAC Chair Waddling, we will provide an update on the Quint-Jerold Connector Road Project. The proposed Quint-Jerrold Connector Road will link Quint Street, just north of Oakdale Avenue, to Jerrold Avenue via a new road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks. The road will restore access eliminated by Caltrain’s Quint Street Bridge Replacement project in October 2015, and is also intended to support a potential new Caltrain station at Oakdale Avenue and provide access to other nearby land uses. The Transportation Authority and San Francisco Public Works are working together on a design for the new road. The San Francisco Real Estate Office is currently negotiating with Union Pacific Railroad to purchase the property required for construction of the roadway. The project has received environmental approval and the Transportation Authority plans to conduct additional site investigation in 2017. The project is currently in the early design phase and construction could begin in late 2018.

7:15 9. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Capital Improvement Program – INFORMATION*  presentation

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has requested an opportunity to present its recently adopted Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the fiscally constrained program of projects that the SFMTA plans to implement over the next five years. The FY 2017-2021 CIP includes 255 projects for a total investment of $3.44 billion. These projects aim to improve the safety, reliability, equity, and efficiency of the transportation system for all San Francisco residents, workers and visitors. The CIP is a living document so projects are adjusted as needs change and technical adjustments are made on an ongoing basis. This presentation is intended to provide CAC members with background on the process of developing the CIP and a frame of reference for future SFMTA funding requests. The adopted CIP document can be found on the SFMTA website at

7:30 10. Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Preferred Scenario – INFORMATION

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are currently developing Plan Bay Area 2040 (PBA 2040), the Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy that adopts a land use vision and a transportation system to govern the region’s growth and investment through 2040. In October 2015, the Transportation Authority adopted goals and objectives for our participation in the PBA 2040 process and approved a list of projects and programs for MTC and ABAG to consider for inclusion in PBA 2040. We have subsequently provided updates to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on PBA goals, the results of PBA project performance evaluation, ABAG’s draft growth scenarios and more. On September 2, the regional agencies released the draft staff preferred scenario, which included a projected pattern of household and employment growth (land use) in the Bay Area through 2040 and a coordinated transportation investment strategy. At the September 7 CAC meeting, we provided an initial set of reactions on the draft preferred scenario, focusing on the transportation investment strategy since we had the benefit of reviewing an earlier draft prior to the public release. We are still pending information from both agencies to enable a thorough analysis of the draft land use and transportation investment scenarios from San Francisco’s perspective. MTC/ABAG anticipate adopting the Final Preferred Scenario in November 2016 and Plan Bay Area 2040 in late summer or early fall of 2017. At the CAC meeting, we will provide a brief update.

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

* Additional materials

Next Meeting: October 26, 2016



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