Plans and Programs Committee - June 15, 2010

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Date:                  10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Location:                Room 263, City Hall
Commissioners:   Commissioners Campos (Chair), Chu (Vice Chair), Chiu, Avalos, Dufty and Mirkarimi (Ex Officio) 
Clerk:                      Erika Cheng

1.                   Roll Call

2.                  Approval of Minutes of the May 11, 2010 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

3.                  Citizens Advisory Committee Report - INFORMATION* May 26 Min    June 9 Special Min

4.                  Recommend Approval of the Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood Transportation Plan Final Report - ACTION*  attachment   enclosure

The Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood Transportation Plan (NTP) is a community-based transportation planning study, led by the Authority, in collaboration with community residents and leaders, technical agencies, and community-based organizations (CBOs).  The study was funded by grants from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).  Through the study's research, technical analysis, and extensive public outreach, three needs emerged as community priorities that were not being addressed by other initiatives:  1) the need to improve mobility for community members with no or limited automobile access; 2) the need to better manage parking and address parking concerns in the neighborhood; and 3) the need to improve pedestrian conditions along and across Third Street and to revisit the overall balance among the various users of this critical corridor.  For each of these focus areas, we performed additional technical studies, evaluated potential improvement projects and programs, and developed plan recommendations.  Following a round of community review and feedback, the NTP recommends:  the development of community-based transportation services through one or more pilot programs; parking design and management strategies to improve parking availability close to residents' homes and to better manage the neighborhood's limited on-street parking resources; modified signal operations along Third Street in the Bayview commercial core to improve pedestrian conditions; and urban design enhancements on neighborhood streets, including at key transit nodes.  Potential implementation funding sources include regional programs such as MTC's Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP), Safe Routes to Transit and Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) programs, and Bay Area Climate Initiative; Caltrans Planning Grants; and private grants.  In addition to seeking funding and conducting further analysis, continued advocacy and engagement by members of the community and CBOs will be critical to advancing the recommendations of the NTP.  We are seeking a recommendation for approval of the Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood Transportation Plan Final Report.    

5.                  Recommend Approval of the 2009 Prop K 5-Year Prioritization Program for Bus Rapid Transit/Transit Preferential Streets/MUNI Metro Network and Amendment of the 2009 Prop K Strategic Plan - ACTION*  attachment   enclosure

The voter-approved Prop K Expenditure Plan requires that each programmatic category develop a 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) as a prerequisite for receiving Prop K allocations. The intended outcome of the 5YPPs is the establishment of a steady stream of grant-ready projects that can be advanced as soon as funds, including Prop K, federal and state, are available. While the Strategic Plan provides the long-term road map for managing Prop K revenue, the 5YPPs ensure that the Authority Board, project sponsors and the public have a clear understanding of how projects are prioritized for funding within each programmatic category as well as the timing of project delivery over the five-year period covered by the program of projects. The subject of this memorandum is approval of the last 2009 5YPP for Bus Rapid Transit/Transit Preferential Streets/MUNI Metro Network (BRT/TPS/MUNI Metro Network). This 5YPP includes some of Prop K's signature projects such as Van Ness and Geary BRT, partial funding for design and implementation of the Municipal Transportation Agency's (MTA) Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) Rapid Network projects, and funding for various TPS projects. Our recommendation includes special conditions that would need to be satisfied before we would recommend allocation of funds, most notably tied to funds proposed for yet-to-be-identified TEP Rapid Network projects. Through the TEP environmental impact report, which the MTA plans to initiate this summer, the MTA will develop and prioritize Rapid Network projects, refine cost estimates and schedules, and develop funding plans for projects that can then seek Prop K funds for design and implementation. Our recommended action includes a Strategic Plan amendment to align programming assumptions with the draft 5YPP, with the result of significantly pushing out Prop K funds and reducing financing costs for the category from 41% to 29% over the 30-year Expenditure Plan period. We are seeking a recommendation for approval of the 2009 Prop K 5YPP for BRT/TPS/ MUNI Metro Network and amendment of the 2009 Prop K Strategic Plan.

6.                  Recommend Allocation of $19,060,211 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, for Seventeen Annual Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION*  attachment  enclosure

The intent of the annual call for Prop K projects is to bring as many of the programmatic and other individual capital project allocations as possible to the Authority Board for approval in June.  This allows project sponsors to incorporate the level of Prop K funding in their annual budget processes, and to put into place the staff and other resources necessary to deliver Prop K projects and programs. Project sponsors that can demonstrate need and project readiness can also receive allocations for individual projects and programs during the year. We are presenting seventeen applications received by April 2, requesting over $19 million in Prop K funds, to the Plans and Programs Committee. Attachment 1 summarizes the applications received, including leveraging compared to Expenditure Plan assumptions and project phases included in the current request. Attachment 2 provides a brief description of each project. Attachment 3 summarizes the staff recommendations for the funding requests, including recommended special conditions. In all cases, our funding recommendation matches the amount requested by the project sponsor. We are seeking a recommendation to approve the allocation of $19,060,211 in Prop K Funds, with conditions, for seventeen annual requests, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.    

7.                  Recommend Approval of the 2010 Congestion Management Agency Block Grant Program of Projects - ACTION* attachment

On December 16, 2009, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) Block Grant program as part of its framework for programming funds anticipated under the yet-to-be-developed six-year federal surface transportation act.  In its capacity as the CMA for San Francisco, the Authority is charged with administering the program.  MTC has assigned San Francisco programming targets for the three programs that make up the CMA Block Grant as follows: $3 million for county share Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC), $1.3 million for the Regional Bicycle Program (RBP), and $7.4 million for Local Streets and Roads (LS&R), for a total of $11.7 million in available funds.  On March 12, 2010, we issued the call for 2010 CMA Block Grant program applications to San Francisco project sponsors.  We received five project applications by the May 3, 2010 deadline, requesting over $12.6 million in CMA Block Grant funds. In order to fully program to our RBP target for eligible bicycle projects, on May 28, 2010 we issued a supplemental call for RBP applications to San Francisco project sponsors. We received two project applications by the June 8, 2010 deadline, requesting over $370,000 in RBP funds and bringing the total requested CMA Block Grant funds to $13.4 million compared to $11.7 million in available funds.  We reviewed all seven projects to ensure eligibility with MTC guidelines and then evaluated eligible projects following the Authority's prioritization criteria described in Attachment 3.  Based on this review and the possibility that the Haight and Market Street Transit and Pedestrian Improvements project may receive funding through MTC's regional TLC program, our recommendation includes two funding strategies as shown in Attachment 4.  We are seeking a recommendation to approve the 2010 CMA Block Grant program of projects.    

8.                  Recommend Adoption of a Resolution Approving a Vehicle Registration Fee Expenditure Plan; Making Required Findings; Submitting to the Voters at the General Election Scheduled for November 2, 2010, an Ordinance Amending the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code by Adding Article 23 to (1) Adopt a $10 Increase in the Annual Vehicle Registration Fee for Each Motor Vehicle Registered in the City and County of San Francisco, to Fund Congestion and Pollution Mitigation Programs and Projects, (2) Authorize the Authority to Expend Fee Revenue Under the Expenditure Plan, (3) Authorize the Authority to Contract with the California Department of Motor Vehicles for Collection and Distribution of the Fee Revenue, and (4) Authorize the Authority to Take All Steps Necessary to Administer the Expenditure Plan and All Programs and Project Funded by the Fee Revenue; and Appropriating Up to $400,000 in Prop K Funds, With Conditions, to Cover the Costs of Placing the Measure on the Ballot - ACTION* attachment

In late October, the Governor signed into law SB 83 (Hancock), which authorizes congestion management agencies (CMAs) to impose an annual fee of up to $10 on motor vehicles registered within their respective counties to fund congestion and pollution mitigation programs and projects.  The funds would have to be used for programs and projects having a relationship to or benefiting the people paying the fee, and they would have to be consistent with the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  In December 2009, the Authority approved Resolution 10-27, authorizing the Executive Director to initiate the development of an Expenditure Plan for a new vehicle registration fee consistent with the requirements of SB 83 and targeting the November 2010 election.  Attachment 2 includes the final draft Expenditure Plan, which was developed and refined based on input from numerous stakeholders over the past six months. The plan has broad support from various stakeholders, with the only outstanding policy consideration being whether or not to include Caltrain operations as an eligible project type. This issue is detailed in the memo below.  We have worked with a consultant to complete the required benefit-relationship analysis (Attachment 3), confirmed consistency of the proposed projects and programs with the RTP (Attachment 4) and Countywide Transportation Plan, and sought legal guidance on the potential impact of the "Stop Hidden Taxes" ballot initiative on this measure. We are seeking a recommendation to adopt a resolution approving a vehicle registration fee Expenditure Plan; making required findings; submitting to the voters at the general election scheduled for November 2, 2010, an ordinance amending the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code by adding Article 23 to (1) adopt a $10 increase in the annual vehicle registration fee for each motor vehicle registered in the City and County of San Francisco, to fund congestion and pollution mitigation programs and projects, (2) authorize the Authority to expend fee revenue under the Expenditure Plan, (3) authorize the Authority to contract with the California Department of Motor Vehicles for collection and distribution of the fee revenue, and (4) authorize the Authority to take all steps necessary to administer the Expenditure Plan and all programs and project funded by the fee revenue; and appropriating up to $400,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to cover the costs of placing the measure on the ballot.                                                                                                                  

9.                  Recommend Approval of the Scope of Work for Phase 2 of the Management Performance Audit of the Municipal Transportation Agency to be Undertaken by the Budget Analyst's Office - ACTION* attachment

At the February 23, 2010 meeting of the Authority Board, Chair Mirkarimi requested staff to initiate an appropriation of $100,000 in Prop K funds for the purpose of partially defraying the cost of management performance audit of the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). While the initiative to conduct a management performance audit of the MTA originated at the Board of Supervisors, the rationale for a Prop K appropriation is that the Authority devotes a significant portion of Prop K allocations to capital projects to be delivered by the MTA, and any improvements to the efficiency of the project delivery process would result in benefit to the Prop K program that should easily outweigh the investment in the audit.  The Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office presented the results of its Limited Scope Performance Audit of the MTA, Phase 1, at the May 20 meeting of the Board of Supervisors' Special Budget & Finance Committee, with concurrence from the Chair of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee.  Phase 1 of the audit was completed without the use of Prop K funds.  The appropriation of Prop K funds for this purpose (Resolution 10-56) requires that the work plan and audit scope be approved by the Plans and Programs Committee. We are seeking a recommendation for approval of the scope of work for Phase 2 of the Management Performance Audit of the MTA to be undertaken by the Budget Analyst's Office.

10.               Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

11.                Public Comment

12.               Adjournment



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