Finance Committee - January 12, 2016

FINANCE COMMITTEE  packet  agenda

Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016; 11:30 a.m.

Location: Committee Room 263, City Hall

Commissioners: Avalos (Chair), Mar (Vice Chair), Campos, Cohen, Kim and Wiener (Ex Officio)

Clerk: Steve Stamos


1. Roll Call

2. Approve the Minutes of the November 3, 2015 Meeting – ACTION*  minutes

3. Recommend Award of a Three-Year Consultant Contract to Arup, in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,150,000, for Planning and Engineering Services for the San Francisco Long Range Transportation Planning Program, and Authorizing the Executive Director to Negotiate Contract Payment Terms and Non-Material Contract Terms and Conditions – ACTION*  memo  enclosure

The Transportation Authority, in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department (Planning) and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), is seeking consultant services to support the San Francisco Long Range Transportation Planning Program (Program), which will define the desired and achievable transportation future for San Francisco. The effort will produce a roadmap to arrive at that future, including policies, planning, project development, and funding strategies. The key outputs for the Program include a land use and vision document, a major update to the current countywide transportation plan (the San Francisco Transportation Plan – SFTP) in support of Plan Bay Area (the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy) update, a long-term transit study, a freeway and street traffic management study, and an update to the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan. The close coordination of those outputs will make the whole of this effort greater than the sum of its parts. On October 22, 2015, the Transportation Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for planning and engineering services for the project. By the December 9, 2015 deadline, we received two proposals. A review panel comprised of Transportation Authority, Planning, and SFMTA staff reviewed the proposals and interviewed both firms on January 6. Based on the competitive selection process defined in the evaluation criteria of the RFP, the panel recommended award of a consultant contract to the top-ranked firm, Arup.

4. Recommend Approval of the 2016 State and Federal Legislative Program – ACTION*  memo

Every year the Transportation Authority Board adopts a legislative program to guide the agency’s transportation advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. The proposed State and Federal Legislative Program reflects key principles, gathered from our common positions with other local transportation sales tax authorities around the state, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, as well as our understanding of the most pressing issues facing the region, San Francisco, and our partner agencies that deliver transportation in the city. The proposed program is presented in the form of principles, not specific bills or legislative initiatives, in order to allow staff the necessary flexibility to respond to legislative proposals and specific policy concerns that may arise over the course of the legislative session in Sacramento or Washington. Our 2016 Legislative Program continues many of the themes from the previous legislative sessions and emphasizes issues of stabilizing and protecting existing transportation funds, authorizing new transportation revenues, securing funding for San Francisco projects, advancing high-speed rail investment, supporting allocation of state cap and trade revenues for transportation, promoting Vision Zero safety goals, and aspiring to meet environmental and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

5. State and Federal Legislative Update – INFORMATION

Every month, we provide an update on state and federal legislation and, when appropriate, seek recommendations to adopt new positions on active legislation. We are not recommending any new positions this month since the legislative session just began on January 4. However, at the committee meeting we will provide an update on what has transpired in Sacramento since our last report and what we anticipate will be the focus over the next few months, including what the Governor’s draft state budget will hold in store for transportation. The draft Fiscal Year 2016/17 state budget must be presented by January 10. We will also provide an overview of the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act President Obama signed into law in December.

6. Introduction of New Items – INFORMATION

During this segment of the meeting, Committee members may make comments on items not specifically listed above, or introduce or request items for future consideration.

7. Public Comment

8. Adjournment

* Additional materials


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