Plans and Programs Committee - April 8, 2008

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Meeting Notice
Date: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Location: Room 263, City Hall
Commissioners: Dufty (Chair), Peskin (Vice Chair), Daly, Elsbernd, Maxwell, and McGoldrick (Ex Officio)
Clerk: Erika Cheng


1.                   Roll Call

2.                  Approval of Minutes of the March 11, 2008, Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

3.                  Citizens Advisory Committee Report - INFORMATION* (amended)

4.                  Recommend Appointment of Two Members to the Citizens Advisory Committee - ACTION* (attachment)

The Authority has an eleven-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).  CAC members serve two-year terms.  Per the Authority's Administrative Code, the Plans and Programs Committee recommends and the Authority Board appoints individuals to fill any CAC vacancies.  Neither Authority staff nor the CAC make any recommendations on CAC appointments, but we maintain an up-to-date database of applications for CAC membership.  A chart with information about current CAC members is attached, showing ethnicity, gender, neighborhood of residence, and affiliation.  There are two vacancies on the CAC requiring Committee action.  The vacancies resulted from the resignations of Matt Mitguard (District 4) and Crezia Tano (District 11). Following recruitment outreach and publicity, we received four additional applications to fill the vacant seats, since the March Committee meeting, for a total of 29 applicants.  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint two members to the Citizens Advisory Committee.

5.                  Recommend Appointment of 11 Members to the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Citizens Advisory Committee - ACTION* (attachment)

In May 2007, the Authority Board approved the Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study, including conceptual design and evaluation of BRT alternatives for Geary Boulevard, and appropriated Prop K funding for environmental analysis and engineering (Resolution 07-64).  In February 2008, the Authority Board established the structure of a Citizens Advisory Committee for the Environmental Study of BRT on Geary Boulevard (Resolution 08-56).  The Geary BRT Citizens Advisory Committee (GCAC) will include 11 members encompassing corridor as well as at-large interests.  The GCAC will advise the Authority during the Environmental Study.  The Authority issued a notice seeking applicants for the GCAC on February 5 and publicized the recruitment to a wide range of individuals and organizations.  We received 75 applications by the March 4 application due date.  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint 11 members to the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Citizens Advisory Committee.

6.                  Recommend Approval of the Fiscal Year 2008/09 Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Program of Projects for Submission to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) - ACTION* (attachment)

The Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Program was established to fund the most effective transportation projects that achieve emission reductions from motor vehicles in accordance with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's (Air District's) Clean Air Plan.  Funds are generated from a $4 surcharge on the vehicle registration fee collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  As the San Francisco TFCA Program Manager, the Authority annually develops the program of projects for the TFCA Program Manager funds.  In January, we issued the call for Fiscal Year 2008/09 TFCA applications to San Francisco project sponsors.  We received nine project applications by the March 7, 2008 deadline, requesting over $1.7 million in TFCA funds compared to $1,069,814 in available funds.  We reviewed projects for eligibility, and then evaluated eligible projects following the Board's adopted local expenditure criteria approved in February 2008 (Resolution 08-55).  Based on this review, we are recommending funding the six projects shown in Attachment 3, including two bicycle infrastructure projects, one bicycle fleet project, two clean air vehicle projects, and one signal timing project.  We have developed a recommended wait list of projects, also shown in Attachment 3, should the Air District approve less funding for any project than the Authority Board recommends or determine that a project is ineligible for TFCA funds.  This wait list is also intended to address a TFCA requirement that funds be programmed within a 6-month timeframe or the Air District may take away any unprogrammed funds.   As always, the final list of projects and recommended funding amounts are subject to Air District approval.  We are seeking a recommendation to approve the Fiscal Year 2008/09 TFCA Program of Projects for submission to the Air District, as presented.

7.                  Recommend Allocation of $10,340,000 in Prop K Funds, to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) for Architectural Services for Preliminary Engineering of the Transbay Terminal Building and Retail Consulting Services for the Transbay Transit Center Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, a Commitment to Allocate an Additional $13,060,000 in Fiscal Year 2008/09 Prop K Funds to Fully Fund the Scope of Work, and an Amendment to the Strategic Plan - ACTION* (attachment)

The Caltrain Downtown Extension to a Rebuilt Transbay Terminal (Transbay Transit Center Project) has three major components: a new multi-modal Transbay Terminal on the site of the present Transbay Terminal; extension of Caltrain from Fourth and Townsend Streets to an underground terminus at the new Transbay Terminal; and the establishment of a Redevelopment Area Plan. In June 2006, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) initiated a competition to select a Design and Development Team to design a multi-modal Transit Center to be constructed by the TJPA, and to design and develop a tower adjacent to the Transit Center. The competition process was conducted in two stages: Stage I - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Stage II - Request for Proposals (RFP). In September 2007, the TJPA Board selected Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Hines to design the new landmark Transbay Transit Center and to design and develop the Transbay Tower Building. At that time, the TJPA Board authorized its staff to enter into exclusive negotiations with the successful proponent. Currently, the TJPA is nearing conclusion of negotiations with the Pelli Clarke Pelli team and expects to award the contract in the spring of 2008. In parallel, the TJPA also desires to engage the services of a retail consultant to assist it in the development of the Retail Plan for the program. The TJPA plans to issue an RFP for retail consulting services in the spring of 2008 and award a contract near the end of Fiscal Year 2007/08. The TJPA's total budget for the above-mentioned services is $44,600,000, comprised of $44,300,000 for architecture and engineering services and $300,000 for retail consulting services. TJPA proposes to fund these efforts with $23,400,000 in Prop K funds, $20,900,000 in Regional Measure 2 funds, and $300,000 in existing Regional Improvement Program funds programmed by the Authority. Our recommendation includes a commitment to allocate some of the requested funds in Fiscal Year 2008/09 since there are not enough unallocated funds in the current fiscal year, and a Strategic Plan amendment to reprogram funds from final design to preliminary engineering. We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $10,340,000 in Prop K Funds, to the TJPA for architectural services for Preliminary Engineering of the Transbay Terminal Building and retail consulting services for the Transbay Transit Center project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, a commitment to allocate an additional $13,060,000 in Fiscal Year 2008/09 Prop K funds to fully fund the scope of work, and an amendment to the Strategic Plan.

8.                  Recommend Allocation of $2,688,525 in Prop K Funds to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB) for 14 Fiscal Year 2007/08 Capital Improvement Program Projects, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules, and Amendment of the Relevant 5-Year Prioritization Programs - ACTION* (attachment) (enclosure)

The Prop K Expenditure Plan approved by the voters in November 2003, includes for the first time the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB or Caltrain) as an eligible recipient of San Francisco transportation sales tax funds.  The intent of this change was to help offset the financial burden on the Municipal Transportation Agency's (MTA's) budget, which is the agency responsible for providing San Francisco's local match share of Caltrain's capital and operating budgets.  It also allows the Authority to provide additional funding for the Caltrain electrification project, one of the signature projects in the Expenditure Plan.  The subject of this memorandum is Caltrain's Fiscal Year 2007/08 Prop K request for San Francisco's local match share of 14 projects included in its capital improvement program. (CIP).  This request does not include the electrification project, but does contain a number of projects that directly or indirectly support electrification, and/or enable faster, more reliable and frequent service, and improve safety.  Caltrain is requesting allocation of nearly $2.7 million in Prop K funds from the following four Expenditure Plan categories: Caltrain CIP, vehicles, facilities, and guideways.  Attachment 1 summarizes Caltrain's request.   At PCJPB's request, Authority staff approved a schedule whereby PCJPB could move ahead with implementation of the Fiscal Year 2007/08 projects using existing funds prior to allocation of Prop K funds.  This action recognizes that Caltrain's annual budget and CIP project list are negotiated with the three member counties, and it allowed additional time to prepare the allocation request given PCJPB staff resource constraints.  The recommended action requires amendment of the 5-Year Prioritization Programs for the 4 aforementioned Expenditure Plan categories to realign programming with the CIP project list and budget, while adhering to Strategic Plan programming levels to avoid triggering additional finance costs. We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $2,688,525 in Prop K funds to the PCJPB for 14 Fiscal Year 2007/08 CIP Projects, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules, and amendment of the relevant 5YPPs.

9.                  Recommend the Allocation of $100,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Advanced Train Control System (ATCS) Cutover Conceptual Engineering Report (CER) Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The Muni Metro Advanced Train Control System (ATCS) provides system-wide management of Muni's Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) fleet while it operates within the Metro Subway between the West Portal Station and the Embarcadero Station, guaranteeing safe operation by controlling train separation, train speed, train routing, track switches, track signals, and related equipment.  The ATCS was specified in 1992 as a replacement system for the old signal system that had been installed in the 1970s with the construction of the Muni Metro subway.  It was designed to operate in parallel with the old signal system for as long as the old Boeing LRV fleet remained in service, in a "dual-mode" configuration.  The dual-mode system was required during the phased replacement of the Boeing LRVs with the Breda LRVs (completed in 2002) while Muni was running a mixed fleet in the subway. The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has requested $100,000 of Prop K funds to prepare a Conceptual Engineering Report (CER) for the ATCS Cutover Project.  Through the CER, the MTA will develop an implementation plan to transition from using the current dual-mode train control systems to full implementation of the ATCS, resulting in significantly reduced overall system complexity, increased reliability, and reduced operating costs.  The requested Prop K funds would leverage $400,000 of Federal 5309 Fixed Guideways funds for the CER, and the MTA expects similar leveraging for the future detailed design and construction phases of the project.  The MTA currently estimates the total project costs to be about $5 million.  The MTA expects to complete the CER by September 2008, and to complete the entire ATCS Cutover Project by the end of 2010.  We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $100,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the ATCS Cutover CER Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

10.               Recommend Approval of the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard Transportation Plan Final Report - ACTION* (attachment) (report)

In 2005, the Authority initiated the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard (19th Ave/PPB) Transportation Plan to identify pedestrian safety, transit operations, traffic calming and streetscape improvements in the corridor, as called for in the Authority's 2004 Countywide Transportation Plan and Prop K Expenditure Plan. The goal of the 19th Ave/PPB Transportation Plan is to improve the 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. Working closely with community members and local and state agencies, we have conducted a planning process that included data collection and technical analyses of needs and potential solutions as well as extensive community and interagency outreach. The analysis of existing conditions identified several areas of need and opportunity, including: difficult pedestrian crossings and a high incidence of collisions at key locations; low transit speed and reliability corridor-wide, primarily due to heavy traffic congestion; high on-street parking demand and encroachment onto the sidewalk; and a generally pedestrian-unfriendly streetscape environment that lacks design features suitable for a gateway facility. The plan recommends a program of improvements, including: an edge line to demarcate the parking area from travel lane area; special crosswalk striping and paving to increase pedestrian visibility; low-growing median plantings to green the corridor and calm traffic; ornamental lighting fixtures and colored signal poles to improve the appearance of the corridor; relocation of bus stops to the far-side of intersections and transit signal priority to improve bus travel times and reliability; and bus bulbs and pedestrian corner bulb-outs to improve pedestrian safety and transit rider comfort. The final report includes conceptual designs illustrating these improvements at six prototypical intersections, and cost estimates for applying these to the full corridor, as well as a funding and implementation plan to deliver improvements in the near- and mid-term.  We are seeking a recommendation for the approval of the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard Transportation Plan Final Report.

11.                Recommend Adoption of the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Alternatives Screening Report - ACTION* (attachment) (report)

In September 2007, the Authority initiated the scoping period for Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to obtain feedback from the public and partner agencies on the proposed alternatives and the environmental impact areas to be analyzed.  Based on the agency and public input received during the scoping period, and on the project's purpose and need as developed in the Van Ness Avenue BRT Feasibility Study and Countywide Transportation Plan, the Authority screened the range of alternatives mentioned for consideration.  We applied a number of screening criteria to determine the ability of each alternative to meet the purpose of and need for the project.  We recommend three alternatives for full environmental analysis in the Environmental Impact/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS): Curb Lane BRT with parallel parking; Center Lane BRT with dual medians; and Center Lane BRT with center median.  These alternatives demonstrated relatively high levels of performance across all screening criteria and no fatal flaws.  The Authority has prepared a Van Ness Avenue BRT Alternatives Screening Report which documents the screening of alternatives and describes the set of alternatives proposed for analysis in the EIR/EIS. The Van Ness Avenue BRT Citizens Advisory Committee approved a motion of support for the report at its January 29 meeting.  The report also reflects review and input from the Municipal Transportation Agency, Caltrans and other involved agencies in the project Technical Advisory Committee. We are seeking a recommendation to adopt the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Alternatives Screening Report.

12.               Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

13.               Public Comment

14.               Adjournment


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