Plans and Programs Committee - February 5, 2008

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Meeting Notice
Date: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 11, 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 February 5, 2008 Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

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

4.                  Recommend Appointment of 5 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 five vacancies on the CAC requiring Committee action.  The vacancies resulted from the term expiration of Jul Lynn Parsons (District 6) and the resignations of Sarah Gon (District 2), Matt Mitguard (District 4), Jerry Lee (District 7) and Crezia Tano (District 11). Ms. Parsons has indicated that she is interested in being reappointed to the CAC. Following recruitment outreach and publicity, we received 14 additional applications to fill the vacant seats. We are seeking a recommendation to appoint 5 members to the Citizens Advisory Committee.

5.                  Recommend Appointment of 1 Member to the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) - ACTION* (attachment)

In December 2006, the Authority Board approved the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study, including conceptual design and evaluation of BRT alternatives for Van Ness Avenue, and appropriated Prop K funding for environmental analysis and preliminary engineering.  The Van Ness Avenue BRT Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised of 9 members with representation encompassing both corridor and citywide interests, advises Authority staff during the environmental analysis.  In July 2007, the Authority Board appointed 7 members to the Van Ness Avenue BRT CAC, leaving 2 seats open, and in October 2007, the Authority appointed the remaining 2 members.  In January 2008, Van Ness CAC member Christel Hartmann submitted her resignation.  Following recruitment outreach and publicity, we received 7 additional applications to fill the vacant seat.  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint 1 member to the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Citizens Advisory Committee.

6.                  Recommend the Allocation of $101,900 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Bicycle Facility Maintenance, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) for the Prop K Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Maintenance category, approved by the Authority in June 2005, includes approximately $45,000 annually for maintenance of bicycle paths.  The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) prioritized path maintenance over on-street facilities because no other fund sources are readily available for this purpose.  Since late 2006, the MTA has been subject to an injunction that prohibits the implementation of new bicycle facilities in San Francisco.  In order to maintain an on-street presence for cyclists (i.e., of the MTA's efforts to improve conditions for cyclists) while the injunction is in place, the MTA has reprioritized its needs for Prop K bicycle facility maintenance funds to include on-street facilities. Thus, the MTA has requested a Prop K allocation of $101,900 to repaint approximately 7 miles of existing, faded bicycle lanes across the city.  The MTA identified the lanes in collaboration with the Bicycle Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  The selected lanes are typically in high traffic corridors and/or are older bike lanes. The MTA hopes to have the project complete by Bike to Work Day in May 2008.  The request requires an amendment to the relevant 5YPP to redirect funds programmed to bicycle path maintenance to on-street facility maintenance, temporarily superseding the approved prioritization methodology in light of the aforementioned injunction.  We are seeking a recommendation for the allocation of $101,900 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for Bicycle Facility Maintenance, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

7.                  Recommend the De-obligation of $207,757 in Prop K Funds from the Signal Upgrades Project (Resolution 04-70) and Allocation of $5,024,692 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Construction of Phase II of the Park Presidio/19th Avenue Signal Upgrade Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The Park Presidio/19th Avenue Signal Upgrade project involves signal upgrades to 34 intersections including installation of mast arm-mounted traffic signals, pedestrian indications with countdown features, new signal indications, conduits, poles, wiring, controller equipment, and ADA-compliant curb ramps. In addition to replacing signal infrastructure that is over 50 years old, the upgrades are expected to help significantly improve pedestrian and vehicular safety.  The 19th Avenue Project is governed by a cooperative agreement between Caltrans and the City and County of San Francisco that requires an equal funding split over the life of the project.  Due to funding constraints, the project has been divided into three phases.  Phase I includes 10 intersections at a total cost of about $6.3 million. Construction is slated to begin this month and be completed in summer 2009.  Phase II, the subject of this request, includes upgrades to 16 intersections from Park Presidio Boulevard at Lake Street to 19th Avenue at Ocean Avenue, and installation of fiber optic signal interconnect. Design for Phase II is complete and Caltrans is preparing to advertise the construction contract in April.  The cost estimate for Phase II construction is $12.85 million, of which San Francisco is responsible for providing $5,937,000.  Caltrans has credited the city with $225,000 in work already performed, thereby reducing the current need to $5,712,000. To cover the city's share of Phase II, the MTA has requested de-obligation of $207,757 in cost savings from the Signal Upgrades Project (Resolution 04-70) and allocation of $5,024,692 in Prop K funds.  To cover the remaining funding, the MTA previously requested that we administratively approve a scope change to Resolution 03-84 (Prop B sales tax funds) to allow $687,308 in cost savings from the Lombard/Richardson signal upgrade project to be applied to Phase II of the 19th Avenue Project.  Final approval of this scope amendment is contingent upon Board approval of the current request.  Caltrans expects to complete construction of Phase II by December 2009.  We are seeking a recommendation for the de-obligation of $207,757 in Prop K funds from the Signal Upgrades Project (Resolution 04-70) and allocation of $5,024,692 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for construction of Phase II of the Park Presidio/19th Avenue Signal Upgrade Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

8.                  Recommend Adoption of San Francisco's 2009 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Principles and Approach to Project Priorities - ACTION* (attachment)

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC's) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is the Bay Area's long-range transportation plan that establishes the region's transportation investment priorities for the next 25 years.  Inclusion of projects and programs in the RTP is a prerequisite for receiving state and federal transportation grants, as well as a requirement for capacity expanding projects that may have air quality impacts.  On February 1, MTC released its draft RTP vision and the proposed Vision Policy Strategies (Attachment A).  They are, for the most part, consistent with our Countywide Transportation Plan and Prop K policies and strategies.  Especially noteworthy is the prominence given to key strategies such as pricing and smart growth, which provides the best opportunity to date to back these strategies with significant regional support, including financial resources. As the congestion management agency (CMA) for San Francisco, the Authority is responsible for coordinating San Francisco's RTP project submittals to MTC, which are due this week.  MTC's RTP call for projects is focused on expansion and enhancement projects and excludes major categories of projects with significant funding shortfalls such as transit and local streets and roads capital maintenance. MTC has outlined the process for developing a RTP Investment Plan that calls for regional discussions to take place from April to June, culminating in MTC Commission approval of a Final Draft RTP Investment Plan on July 23.  Given MTC's constrained RTP schedule and the fact that Prop K projects are required to be consistent with the RTP, we are not seeking approval of a specific list of projects to submit to MTC, but rather are seeking adoption of principles and a prioritization approach (Attachment C) that will give us clear guidance and flexibility to negotiate with MTC and the region about which San Francisco projects and programs should be included in the RTP and at what funding levels.  We will continue to provide updates to the Committee on the RTP until MTC adopts the final RTP in early 2009.  We are seeking a recommendation to adopt San Francisco's 2009 RTP principles and approach to project priorities.

9.                  Status Report on the Third Street Light Rail Project - INFORMATION* (attachment)

During the month of January 2008, $4,345,804 in construction was expended on Phase 1 of the Municipal Transportation Agency's (MTA's) Third Street Light Rail Project. Construction activities are focused on the Muni Metro East Maintenance and Operations Facility (MME), which is now 87% complete based on the current Forecast-at-Completion. The building exterior is now complete, and in the interior, drywall is 95% complete and work on plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems has been completed. The installation of the heavy repair equipment, car wash, and sanding system is also complete. On the yard, the parking lot has been paved and work is being completed on paving the rail yard. The installation of the Overhead Contact System (OCS) wire is approximately 75% complete, and installation of the power substation is 90%. The MME is scheduled to complete construction in June 2008.  Preliminary Engineering for Phase 2, the Central Subway, is now 66% complete. The project team submitted its draft responses to public comments received on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/SEIR) to the San Francisco Planning Commission and is currently addressing the comments received from their review. On February 19, the MTA Board formally adopted the new Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) proposed by staff, clearing the way for the issuance of the SEIS/SEIR, which is scheduled for April 2008. The MTA expects the Planning Commission to certify the Final SEIS/SEIR by the summer of 2008. In the area of community outreach, the project team continues with community meetings to familiarize the public with the project. Outreach meetings have also taken place to encourage local artists to participate in the project's public art program. On the weekend of February 23-24 the project team participated in the Chinese New Year celebrations, joining the parade and staffing a booth to further inform the public and answer questions about the project. This is an information item.

10.               Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

11.                Public Comment

12.               Adjournment



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