Plans and Programs Committee - May 17, 2016


Meeting Notice

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016; 10:30 a.m.

Location: Committee Room 263, City Hall

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

Clerk: Steve Stamos


1. Roll Call

2. Citizens Advisory Committee Report – INFORMATION*  minutes

3. Approve the Minutes of the April 19, 2016 Meeting – ACTION*  minutes

4. Recommend Appointment of Two Members to the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Citizens Advisory Committee – ACTION*  memo  enclosure

The Transportation Authority has a 13-member Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Citizens Advisory Committee (GCAC). There are two vacancies on the GCAC for a representative of the Richmond area and a representative of at-large interests. The vacancies are due to the term expirations of Margie Hom Brown and Jonathan Foerster, who are both not seeking reappointment. After issuing notices seeking applicants to the GCAC over the past year, we have received applications from 35 candidates. Staff provides information on applicants but does not make recommendations on GCAC appointments. Attachment 1 contains a summary table with information about current and prospective GCAC members, showing neighborhood of residence, neighborhood of employment, affiliation, and other information provided by the applicants.

5. Recommend Allocation of $9,599,451 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, for Three Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules – ACTION*  memo

As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have three requests totaling $9,599,451 in Prop K funds to present to the Plans and Programs Committee. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is requesting $5 million in Prop K funds and a commitment to allocate another $6.6 million to leverage Federal Transit Administration funds for the procurement of 33 60-foot New Flyer electric trolley coaches. The committed funds would be available for allocation once the SFMTA secures the remaining federal funds for the project. The SFMTA has also requested $4,400,000 in Prop K funds for planning and design work to renovate its Burke Avenue industrial building to increase the efficiency of the central warehouse for its Materials Management section and to provide a new headquarters for its Overhead Lines group. Finally, the SFMTA has requested $199,451 in Prop K Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) capital funds for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements on Arguello Boulevard, including bike lane striping, continental crosswalks and design of sidewalk bulbouts to be constructed through the paving project in 2017.

6. Major Capital Projects Update – Muni Radio Replacement Project – INFORMATION*  memo

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has embarked on a project to replace and modernize its radio communications system, some elements of which date back to the 1970s. The Muni Radio Replacement Project will do much more than its name implies. It will integrate Muni’s communications with Intelligent Transportation Systems components; incorporate up-to-date technological features such as expanded data transmission and simulcasting; and integrate multiple vehicle information systems. By replacing antiquated systems, the SFMTA will be able to improve transit operations and reliability across all modes of service. With a contribution of $61.7 million, Prop K sales tax is the largest funding source for the $128 million project. In June 2012, the SFMTA issued the notice-to-proceed to Harris Corp, the design-build contractor and sole bidder. We are pleased to report that construction, testing and configuration is nearing completion at the radio base stations. Construction is also taking place at 16 aboveground locations and the Metro subway system. Four above ground radio base stations have been completed and are on-the-air. All base stations are in the system setup and configuration stage. The antenna cable installation in the Metro tunnel has been 99% completed. Work is also underway at the subway stations and the above-ground yard and central control facility installations. The SFMTA estimates that the installation of the full rubber-tire fleet will be completed by September 2016. For the new LRVs, factory testing is scheduled for June 2016 and installation will take place from September 2016 to January 2017. The original contract schedule called for construction to be completed in September 2015 and had a budget of $116.4 million. However, schedule delays and difficulties experienced by the contractor (e.g. ensuring compatibility with all five Muni modes, staffing issues) have contributed to a budget increase to $128.0 million and a Final Switchover anticipated in March 2017.

7. Update on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Bike Program – INFORMATION*  presentation  attachment

At the April 19 Plans and Programs Committee meeting, Commissioner Avalos requested a presentation on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA’s) bike program including, but not limited to how the next generation of bike projects will interface with Bay Area Bike Share. Staff from SFMTA will also present on the recently adopted bicycle Capital Improvement Program, describe the process for identifying projects, provide details about some of the key bicycle projects, and discuss how the program is funded.

8. Update on Project Performance Results for Plan Bay Area 2040 and Regional Housing Agenda – INFORMATION*  presentation  attachment

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are currently developing Plan Bay Area 2040 (PBA 2040), the Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy that adopts a land use vision and a transportation system to govern the region’s growth and investment through 2040. In October 2015 the Transportation Authority adopted goals and objectives for our participation in the PBA 2040 process and approved a list of projects and programs for MTC and ABAG to consider for inclusion in PBA 2040. Since then the agencies have adopted goals and performance measures, ABAG has released draft growth scenarios for review, and MTC has been evaluating how the largest of the nominated projects perform in moving the region toward its targets. At the May Plans and Programs Committee meeting, we will provide an update on MTC’s PBA project performance assessment and a look ahead at related items we anticipate bringing before the Citizens Advisory Committee, Plans and Programs Committee and Board as MTC and ABAG move toward adoption of the final preferred scenario, anticipated this September. We will also provide an update on the latest information MTC has produced on advancing the regional housing agenda in the near term through the One Bay Area Grant program and longer-term strategies to improve housing affordability and prevent displacement. More detail is provided in the attached presentation (Attachment 1) and MTC’s memo provided to its Commission in April (Attachment 2).

9. 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.

10. Public Comment

11. Adjournment

* Additional materials


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