Plans and Programs Committee - February 9, 2016


Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016; 10:00 a.m.

Location: Committee Room 263, City Hall

Commissioners: Tang (Chair), Farrell (Vice Chair), Avalos, Cohen, Peskin and Wiener (Ex Officio)

Clerk: Steve Stamos


1. Roll Call

2. Citizens Advisory Committee Report – INFORMATION*  minutes

Consent Calendar

3. Approve the Minutes of the January 12, 2016 Meeting – ACTION*  minutes

4. Recommend Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2016/17 Transportation Fund for Clean Air Local Expenditure Criteria – ACTION*  memo

Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) funds come from a $4 per vehicle surcharge collected by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on motor vehicle registrations in the nine-county Bay Area region. A portion of the funds (40 percent) 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 Transportation Authority is required to adopt Local Expenditure Criteria for the programming of the local TFCA funds. Our proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016/17 Local Expenditure Criteria (Attachment 1) are the same as those used in past cycles and are consistent with the Air District’s TFCA policies for FY 2016/17. The criteria establish a clear prioritization methodology for applicant projects, including project types ranked by local priorities, emissions reduced, program diversity, project readiness, and past project sponsor delivery. We plan to issue the FY 2016/17 call for projects in late February and anticipate having approximately $800,000 to program to projects.

End of Consent Calendar

5. Recommend Appointment of Two Members 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 are two vacancies on the CAC requiring committee action. The vacancies are the result of the resignation of Wells Whitney and the term expiration of Peter Tannen. Mr. Tannen is seeking reappointment. Attachment 1 shows current CAC membership and Attachment 2 lists applicants.

6. Recommend Allocation of $49,341,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule – ACTION*  memo  enclosure

As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have six requests from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $49,341,000 in Prop K sales tax funds to present to the Plans and Programs Committee. The SFMTA is requesting $47,869,000 and a commitment to allocate $30.1 million in Prop K funds to accelerate the procurement of up to 265 motor coaches from New Flyer Incorporated. We have worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the SFMTA on the funding strategy to get the new vehicles on the street sooner and at a lower cost than currently forecast. Funds expected to be available for near-term contract certification total $137.5 million including Prop K, federal funds, and regional bridge tolls, and will enable the SFMTA to order 148 motor coaches to be placed into revenue service by July 2017. The SFMTA has also requested $552,000 for construction of signal upgrades at seven intersections on South Van Ness Avenue between 14th and 20th Streets; $300,000 for outreach, planning, and development of a community-preferred design for corridor safety improvements on Taylor Street between Market and Sutter Streets; $50,000 in District 3 Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program capital funds to extend the Prop K-funded Golden Gate Avenue road diet to Market Street and to install a buffered bike lane between Polk and Market Streets; and $400,000 for design of upgrades and/or replacements of fire alarm systems at five Muni maintenance facilities. We are also presenting the SFMTA’s request for $170,000 in Prop K funds to support development and implementation of a 20-month Bicycle Safety Education and Outreach Program. This item was delayed last month at the request of the SFMTA to allow staff to address the Committee’s concerns about allocating Prop K funds prior to the SFMTA conducting a request for proposals and identifying the top ranked firm.

7. Improving West Side Transit Access Strategic Analysis Report – INFORMATION*  attachment

At the November 18, 2014 meeting of the Finance Committee, Commissioner Tang requested that we initiate a Strategic Analysis Report (SAR) to investigate options for improving access to alternative modes, especially transit, on the west side of San Francisco. The Transportation Authority Board approved the attached scope of work in January 2015. The purpose of the study is to recommend options for improving access to major West Side transit hubs, especially the West Portal Muni station and Daly City BART station, with the ultimate goal of encouraging alternatives to driving alone to access transit hubs or downtown. As called for in the Transportation Authority’s adopted procedures governing the development of SARs, the draft SAR is brought directly to the committee on which the requestor sits for comments and guidance. In this case, we are bringing the draft SAR to the Plans and Programs Committee which Commissioner Tang chairs. After receiving input from the Committee, we will present the draft SAR to the Citizens Advisory Committee and other interested parties for additional input, before returning to the Plans and Programs Committee to seek a recommendation to approve the final SAR.

8. 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.

9. Public Comment

10. Adjournment

* Additional materials


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