Plans and Programs Committee - February 5, 2008

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AGENDA

PLANS AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice
Date: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Location: Room 263, City Hall
Commissioners: Dufty (Chair), Peskin (Vice Chair), Alioto-Pier, Daly, Maxwell, and McGoldrick (Ex Officio)
Clerk: Erika Cheng

           

 

1.                   Roll Call

2.                  Approval of Minutes of the January 29, 2008, Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

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

4.                  Recommend Appointment of Two Members to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)  - 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 Sarah Gon (District 2) and Terry Micheau (District 8).  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint two members to the Citizens Advisory Committee.

5.                  Update on the San Francisco Bicycle Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Future Implementation - INFORMATION* (attachment)

The San Francisco County Superior Court issued a peremptory writ of mandate on November 7, 2006 preventing the City and County of San Francisco from implementing portions of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan until environmental review has been completed on the entire plan.  In January 2007, the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Board directed its staff to perform the necessary environmental review of the Bicycle Plan.  The MTA and the Planning Department's Major Environmental Analysis (MEA) section have been working closely to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Draft San Francisco Bicycle Plan, which they plan to release in Fall 2008.  The Plans and Programs Committee asked for periodic updates on this topic, including, but not limited to the MTA's efforts to ensure that it is ready to move forward with project implementation as soon as the injunction is lifted.  At the February Plans & Programs Committee meeting, MTA and MEA staff will provide an update on EIR progress and schedule, and will describe the MTA's implementation-related efforts such as strategic additions to MTA Bicycle Program staff and plans to conduct targeted community outreach for specific bicycle projects.  This is an information item.

6.                  Recommend the Allocation of $17,155,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) for Right-of-Way Acquisition for Phase 1 of the Transbay Transit Center Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - 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 the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the project, several privately owned parcels were identified for acquisition by TJPA for the right-of-way (ROW) required for the project. Thirteen privately-owned parcels are required for Phase 1 of the project, which includes the transit center building and rail foundations. The TJPA has already acquired one parcel, 200 Main, using Prop K and state funds (RIP) programmed by the Authority.  According to the TJPA, the total estimated cost to acquire the remaining parcels is $40.9 million, with $17.155 million proposed for Prop K funds and the remainder to be covered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC's) Regional Measure 2 (RM2) funds. The purchase price for the properties will be based on fair market value. In addition to the purchase price, the TJPA has made allowances in the estimate to pay for independent appraisals should the property owners require them, title insurance, escrow closing costs, and any demolition of structures that may be required. To the extent possible, TJPA intends to acquire each property from a single funding source. Thus, as negotiations for each parcel are concluded, the TJPA will alternately drawdown funds from the two funding sources in a manner that provides for an even drawdown of funds from both sources.  We are recommending two special conditions for this request, which have been agreed to by TJPA staff.  First, as with previous ROW purchases funded with Prop K, the Authority will hold a quitclaim deed on the property so that in the event that the Transbay Transit Center Program is cancelled, the property will be conveyed to the Authority. The second condition stipulates that any pre-construction revenues generated by the property, less the cost of property management shall be applied by the TJPA to the Transbay Transit Center Project exclusively. This request requires a Strategic Plan amendment to reprogram funds from preliminary engineering to ROW.  We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $17,155,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the TJPA for ROW Acquisition for Phase 1 of the Transbay Transit Center Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

7.                  Recommend the Allocation of $3,854,000 in Prop K Funds, to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) for Program Management/Program Controls and Survey and Environmental Consulting Services for the Transbay Transit Center Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - 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. Since the commencement of Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering, the project team has made progress in various areas. During 2007, the TJPA continued efforts in Program Management Program Controls (PMPC) activities and Preliminary Engineering for the Downtown Extension and Transbay Transit Center. In September 2007, the TJPA Board voted to authorize Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Hines to enter into exclusive negotiations to design and develop the Transbay Transit Center and Transit Tower. Negotiations are expected to conclude in the first quarter of 2008. In December, the California Transportation Commission authorized the transfer of approximately 10-acres of state-owned land for the project.  Revenues from the land sales of these parcels will be used for construction costs.  The PMPC and survey and environmental consulting work referenced above, was funded by a combination of Prop K (Resolution 05-18 approved September 2004) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Regional Measure 2 (RM2) funds. The main consultant for this work is URS. The scope of work for the first phase of these efforts has largely been completed and the funds expended; thus, the TJPA has submitted a request for additional funding to continue these activities. The TJPA's budget for the current request is $6,508,000 to be funded with $3,864,000 in Prop K funds and $2,654,000 in RM2 funds. We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $3,854,000 in Prop K funds to the TJPA for PMPC and survey and environmental services for the Transbay Transit Center Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

8.                  Recommend Allocation of $18,350,000 in Prop K Funds to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) for Downtown Extension Preliminary Design Part 2 of the Caltrain Downtown Extension to a Rebuilt Transbay Terminal Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and Amendment of the Prop K Strategic Plan - ACTION* (attachment)

The Caltrain Downtown Extension to a Rebuilt Transbay Terminal (Transbay Terminal 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.  Since the commencement of Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering for the Downtown Extension (PE Part 1), the project team has made progress in various aspects of the Caltrain Extension. TJPA staff and its consultant team completed the Value Management Loop Study, and based on the results of that effort, are preparing to start the environmental analysis of that alternative.  The project team has also completed the Draft Track Structure report, Draft Traction Power (TP) Load Flow Report, Preliminary Design Memo- Impacts of Excavation on I-280 at 6th and Townsend, the Conceptual Design Memorandum for Cut & Cover Tunnels and U-Wall Structures, Preliminary Engineering Report and the Final Tunnel Alternatives Report. With PE Part 1 coming to a conclusion, the TJPA has requested funding for the next phase. TJPA's estimated cost for PE Part 2 is $29 million, proposed to be funded with $18,350,000 in Prop K funds and $10,650,000 in San Mateo County Measure A sale tax funds. Funding the current request will require concurrent amendment of the Strategic Plan to reprogram funds currently programmed to the design engineering phase (e.g. final design) to the preliminary engineering phase. We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $18,350,000 in Prop K Funds to the TJPA for Downtown Extension Preliminary Design Part 2 of the Transbay Transit Center Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and amendment of the Prop K Strategic Plan.

9.                  Recommend Allocation of $160,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Traffic Sign Graffiti Program, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

In November 2004, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) to replace all existing parking and traffic control signs defaced by graffiti with new signs treated with graffiti-resistant sheeting. The ordinance also requires that all new parking and traffic control signs be treated with graffiti-resistant sheeting. The program is primarily funded with Prop K funds. To date, the Authority has approved three allocations totaling $753,000 and the MTA has replaced 5,415 signs and raised 847 signs though January 2008. The MTA's current request is for $160,000 in Prop K funds to continue the Traffic Sign Graffiti Program through the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2008/09. The requested funds would allow the MTA to replace approximately 1,200 existing signs with graffiti-resistant signs and to raise about 400 existing signs currently lower than seven feet to a height of seven feet as a means of deterring vandalism. The Traffic Sign Graffiti Program is a citywide initiative. We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $160,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the Traffic Sign Graffiti Program, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

10.               Recommend Allocation of $150,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Geneva Transit Preferential Street (TPS) Study, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The Geneva Avenue corridor, in combination with the Ocean Avenue corridor, serves as the primary east-west cross-town link on the southern end of San Francisco.  Geneva Avenue links neighborhoods in the southeast corner of the city with the Balboa Park BART Station and Mission Street Corridors and the MUNI Metro K, L and M Lines at West Portal, and carries several bus lines.  The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has requested $150,000 for the Geneva Transit Preferential Street (TPS) Study.  The study will assess the potential performance and service benefits associated with making near to mid-term TPS improvements along Geneva Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Munich Street and San Jose Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Mt. Vernon Avenue.  The project will focus on developing a set of near- to mid-term term TPS implementation measures that will improve transit performance and MUNI service along the study corridor in a manner that addresses neighborhood transportation-related concerns like safety, parking and access to transit.  The MTA anticipates that the improvements proposed as a result of the study will complement the planned future transit improvements on Geneva Avenue between the Balboa Park BART/MUNI stations and the Caltrain/MUNI Third Street corridor.  The MTA expects the study to take just over 18 months, with an anticipated completion date of December 2009.  MTA staff will utilize data from the Transit Effectiveness Project, as appropriate, and coordinate with ongoing efforts such as the Balboa Park Station Area Plan and Bi-County Study to ensure that efforts are complementary and not duplicative of these other studies.  We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $150,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the Geneva TPS Study, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

11.                Recommend Allocation of $20,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Planning Phase of the McAllister Two-Way Study from Hyde to Market, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

In February 2007, the Authority adopted the Tenderloin-Little Saigon Neighborhood Transportation Plan that addressed an array of projects and strategies to address the community's top priority transportation needs in the areas of pedestrian safety and comfort, transit reliability and access, streetscape conditions, and traffic calming.  One of the Plan's recommendations to help improve transit reliability and calm traffic is to study the feasibility of converting McAllister Street between Hyde Street and Market Street from a one-way to a two-way street.  The MTA is requesting $20,000 in Prop K funds to analyze two alternatives for rerouting the MTA's 5-Fulton line, which will include modeling traffic operations, preparing conceptual designs, and developing cost estimates.  The results will help the MTA identify which route would most enhance the on-time performance of the 5-Fulton line and best benefit the surrounding area.  The MTA expects to complete the study by June 2008.  We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $20,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the planning phase of the McAllister Two-Way Study from Hyde to Market, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

12.               Recommend Allocation of $85,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the LRV Vetag Detection System, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The existing Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system implemented along 3rd Street and the Embarcadero is one of the most advanced TSP systems in the nation.  All traffic signals along 3rd Street and South Embarcadero are also networked via fiber optic cables to SFgo's Transportation Management Center (TMC).  The key elements of the TSP system are the Vetag loops and traffic signal controller software running on standard 2070 traffic signal controllers.  When a check-in Vetag detector fails, traffic signals cannot respond appropriately to oncoming LRVs, forcing them to wait for the next available green signal that would come up in a regular sequence.  Vetag failure also creates a less safe condition for pedestrians and left turning vehicles because the "Train Coming" Signals are not triggered to warn pedestrians.  The MTA's current request for $85,000 will fund a software enhancement to the existing Management Information System for Transportation (MIST) software operated by SFgo to report the status of the TSP detection system, or Vetag loops, along the Embarcadero and 3rd Street.  Upon completion of the proposed MIST enhancements, SFgo TMC operators will have the capacity to quickly report any malfunctioning detectors to MTA's Operations Division for the appropriate follow-up. The system will also support data collection and report production that will enable improved on-time LRV performance. Once developed, the software and associated monitoring technology can be utilized for additional Muni light rail lines that are upgraded with fiber interconnect and integrated into the SFgo system.   We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $85,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the LRV Vetag Detection System, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

13.               Recommend Allocation of $190,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Construction of Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) and Pedestrian Safety Improvements at 9th Avenue and Irving/Judah, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

In July 2007, through approval of Resolution 08-13, the Authority allocated $60,000 in Prop K funds to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) to fund the conceptual engineering and detailed design phases of the Improving LRV & Pedestrian Safety at 9th Avenue & Irving/Judah Project.  The project is a high priority safety project, and the Mayor and the MTA have committed to deliver the project within 90 days.  The project involves installation of 8 pedestrian countdown signals, a light rail vehicle (LRV) detection system, and exclusive LRV signals. MTA expects to complete design within two weeks, and it has already initiated preliminary construction work with city forces at the two aforementioned intersections.  In order for MTA to meet the 90-day timeframe, MTA has requested that this item be presented to the Plans and Programs Committee at its February 5 meeting, bypassing review by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).  Assuming that the Authority Board approves the request on February 12, the MTA is prepared to proceed with full construction in mid-February.  MTA has requested an exception to the Prop K policy prohibiting reimbursement of expenses incurred prior to Authority Board approval of an allocation.  After consulting with the Authority Chair and Committee Chair, we are recommending approval of a one-time waiver to the retroactive policy in order to expedite this important pedestrian safety project.  We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $190,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for construction of LRV and pedestrian safety improvements at 9th Avenue and Irving/Judah project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

14.               Recommend Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2008/09 Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Local Expenditure Criteria - ACTION* (attachment)

Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) funds come from a $4 per vehicle surcharge collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles on motor vehicle registrations in the nine county Bay Area region.  A portion of the funds (40%) is available to each county on a return-to-source basis from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District).  These funds are used to implement strategies to improve air quality by reducing motor vehicle emissions in accordance with the Air District's Clean Air Plan.  As the Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, the Authority is required to annually adopt local expenditure criteria for the expenditure of the local TFCA funds.  Our proposed Fiscal Year 2008/09 local criteria (Attachment 1) are identical to those used last cycle and are consistent with the Air District's TFCA policies for Fiscal Year 2008/09.  Our proposed local expenditure criteria establish a logical sense of funding priority based on the potential for air pollution reduction presented by different categories of projects.  We plan to issue the Fiscal Year 2008/09 call for projects in late January in order to submit our project priorities to the Air District by its April 30 deadline. We are seeking a recommendation to adopt the Fiscal Year 2008/09 TFCA local expenditure criteria as presented.

15.               Recommend Approval of the Proposed Structure and Process for Appointment of a 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.  In January 2008, the Authority Board approved the award of a contract to Jacobs Carter Burgess for environmental analysis and engineering services for BRT on Geary, to be led by the Authority in coordination with MTA.  The Geary BRT Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will advise the Authority during the environmental analysis.  It is recommended that the CAC consist of 11 members with representation on the committee encompassing both corridor and citywide interests.  If the proposed structure is approved by the Authority Board in February, the Plans and Programs Committee would make its recommendation for CAC appointments at its March 11, 2008 meeting.  We are seeking a recommendation to approve the proposed structure and process for the appointment of a Geary BRT CAC.

16.               Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

17.               Public Comment

18.               Adjournment

 

 


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