Plans and Programs Committee - December 6, 2016


Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016; 10:00 a.m.

Location: Chamber Room 250, City Hall

Commissioners: Tang (Chair), Farrell (Vice Chair), Avalos, Breed and Peskin

Clerk: Steve Stamos


1. Roll Call

2. Citizens Advisory Committee Report – INFORMATION*  CAC minutes

3. Approve the Minutes of the November 15, 2016 Meeting – ACTION*  minutes

4. Recommend Appointment of One Member to the Citizens Advisory Committee – ACTION*  memo  enclosure

The Transportation Authority has an eleven-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). CAC members serve two-year terms. Per the Transportation Authority’s Administrative Code, the Plans and Programs Committee recommends and the Transportation Authority Board appoints individuals to fill any CAC vacancies. Neither Transportation 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 is one vacancy on the CAC requiring committee action. The vacancy is the result of the term expiration of Chris Waddling (District 10 resident), who is seeking reappointment. Attachment 1 shows current CAC membership and Attachment 2 lists applicants.

5. Recommend Allocation of $6,507,592 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, for Five Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules – ACTION*  memo  enclosure

As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have five requests from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $6,507,592 in Prop K funds to present to the Plans and Programs Committee. The SFMTA has requested $4.3 million to complete the planning and environmental phases for the Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit project, which was a development commitment for the Candlestick/Hunters Point Shipyard development. The SFMTA has also requested $540,000 to study the feasibility of extending the T-Third light rail line from Chinatown to North Beach and the Fisherman's Wharf area; $718,215 to replace 27 paratransit vans that have reached the end of their useful lives; and $634,600 to replace power and communications wiring in the Muni Metro subway at Van Ness Station. Finally, the SFMTA has requested $276,603 in Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program capital funds for the first phase of street improvements recommended in the Transportation Authority’s Alemany Interchange Improvement Study.

6. Findings of Child Transportation Survey Report – INFORMATION*  memo

Initiated at the request of Commissioner Tang, the Child Transportation Study research effort was led by the Transportation Authority, the Mayor’s Office and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The goal of the effort was to provide more in-depth and comprehensive information on school transportation issues in San Francisco and to identify potential solutions to help mitigate school commute difficulties. The issues and potential solutions were informed by an inventory and review of existing data sources, focus groups, and an in-depth survey of over 1,700 parents of Kindergarten through 5th grade children on their school commutes and preferences. This research revealed that the automobile is the dominant school commute mode, with bicycling and walking comprising less than 10% of all commutes. School commutes can be surprisingly long and complicated because they are often coordinated with other activities such as parents’ or caregivers’ work commutes and aftercare needs. The high share of auto usage results in congestion impacts focused around school sites at specific times of day, although the overall contribution to citywide congestion is marginal. Most critically, there was a relatively high level of dissatisfaction with school commutes, with over 60% of parents either actively seeking or being open to school commute alternatives. The study report concludes with a set of recommendations that include scoping a pilot program to offer shuttle services in a select geographic area, identification of a preferred mobile application to support carpooling to school, investment in programs that encourage bicycling and walking to school, and improving and expanding transit options to improve competitiveness with driving and reduce barriers to transit. The Study was funded by the Transportation Authority’s Prop K transportation sales tax funds and the SFMTA.

7. 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.

8. Public Comment

9. Adjournment

* Additional materials


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