Plans and Programs Committee - October 7, 2008

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AGENDA

PLANS AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

Date:                     10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 7, 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 September 9, 2008, Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

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

4.                  Recommend Appointment of Two Members to the Citizens Advisory Committee - 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 resignation of Anita Madrigal (District 9) and the term expiration of Fran Martin (District 10). Ms. Martin has indicated that she is interested in being reappointed to the CAC. Following ongoing recruitment outreach and publicity, we received one additional application to fill the vacant seat, since the June Committee meeting, for a total of 37 applicants.  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint two members to the CAC.

5.                  Recommend the Allocation of $185,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Design and Construction Phases of the 19th Avenue Edge Line Striping Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

In May 2008, the Authority Board approved the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard Transportation Plan, which recommended a program of projects to improve pedestrian safety, transit operations, and appearance of the corridor, with the intent of creating greater balance among the various functions and users of the street. One of the high priority projects identified in the Plan was an edge line to clearly mark the boundary between the rightmost travel lane and the shoulder, which can be used for parking.  Because the shoulder is not clearly marked, vehicles are often parked on the sidewalks, obstructing the pedestrian path of travel and impacting pedestrian safety. The edge line project is intended to improve pedestrian safety by reducing sidewalk parking, as well as contributing to reduced vehicle speeds in the rightmost travel lane due to a traffic calming effect. Because 19th Avenue is a state highway (State Route 1), the Authority has been supporting the Municipal Transportation Agency's (MTA) efforts to obtain Caltrans approval of design exceptions needed for the project. The MTA has requested $185,000 in Prop K funds to design and construct edge line stripes on both sides of 19th Avenue from Sloat Boulevard to Lincoln Way. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $185,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the design and construction phases of the 19th Avenue Edge Line Striping Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

6.                  Recommend the Allocation of $121,774 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Bicycle Safety Education Classes and $165,768 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the MTA for Bike to Work Day Promotion, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION* (attachment)

The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has requested $287,542 to fund two bicycle safety, education, and outreach campaigns for two years each, specifically Bicycle Safety Education Classes ($121,774) and Bike to Work Day Promotion ($165,768).  The MTA has previously included these campaigns under a single multitask annual allocation for safety, education, and outreach. In an effort to improve administrative efficiency and reduce costs, the MTA is requesting stand-alone allocations for each of these campaigns, and requesting two year's worth of funding instead of one.  Among other benefits, this approach reduces staff time associated with procuring a new contractor each year and improves contractor efficiency (e.g., no learning curve for year 2).  The Bicycle Safety Education Classes project request would fund 56 classes in calendar years 2009 and 2010, as well as complementary outreach efforts. The Bike to Work Day Promotion project includes distribution of safety materials, outdoor media campaigns, bicycle safety education, and collaborating with partner agencies.   We have included a special condition for the Bike to Work Day Promotion request requiring the concurrent de-obligation of approximately $58,000 in remaining funds from the Fiscal Year 2006/07 Bicycle Safety Education project. The de-obligation is not from costs savings, but is an effort to realign grants to better match fiscal year schedules. It will also provide sufficient cash flow capacity to support the MTA's current request without affecting cash flow capacity for other upcoming bicycle projects. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $121,774 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for Bicycle Safety Education Classes and $165,768 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for Bike to Work Day Promotion, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.

7.                  Recommend the Allocation of $300,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for Three Wayside Train Control Program Projects, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION* (attachment)

The MTA has requested Prop K funds for three projects from its Wayside Train Control Program.  This program ensures that all trolley and rail system for wayside signaling, switching, and automatic routing are maintained in a state of good repair.  Specifically, the MTA has requested $100,000 in Prop K funds for each of the following projects: Central Control Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Computer Room Upgrade for conceptual engineering and construction, Central Control Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) Replacement for conceptual engineering and construction, and Automatic Train Control System (ATCS) Network Upgrade to Windows for conceptual engineering.  In all cases, the Prop K funds are providing local match to Federal Section 5309 funds.  For both the HVAC and UPS projects, the MTA has requested and we are recommending multi-phases allocations given the short duration of the conceptual engineering phases and the nature of the work.  For both projects, the MTA is considering a design-build approach paired with a job order contract in order to expedite delivery of these projects, which support the critical functions of the MTA's Central Control Facility.  The ATCS Network upgrade is by far the most complicated project entailing a software platform upgrade of the ATCS System Management Center (SMC) from an IBM 0S/2 operating system to a Windows operating system. The SMC is the non-vital subsystem within the ATCS that has primary responsibility for Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) functions. Thales (formerly Alcatel), the sole-source supplier of the proprietary ATCS software, will perform the work during the procurement phase, the subject of a future Prop K request. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $300,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for three wayside train control program projects, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.

8.                  Recommend the Allocation of $2,815,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Miscellaneous Rail Replacement Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) currently operates six light rail vehicle routes as well as its Historic Streetcar and Historic Cable Car service on 71.5 miles of at-grade and below-grade rail and associated infrastructure throughout the city.  The rail infrastructure needs periodic update, repair and replacement to maintain safe and efficient operations, and to mitigate excessive noise and vibration for Muni passengers and nearby residents.  The MTA has requested $2,735,000 in Prop K funds to leverage $10,939,950 of Federal Section 5309 Fixed Guideway funds and $400,000 in other MTA funds, for the Miscellaneous Rail Replacement Project.  The total project cost is $14,074,950.   This project is made up of a series of spot improvements that will replace the rail at seven locations, as well as replace a ramp and loading platform with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant structures.  The MTA expects to complete the project by March 2010.  The MTA is coordinating with multiple agencies and the public to minimize the disruption to transit service, traffic circulation, and other municipal infrastructure during the construction phase.  We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $2,735,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the Miscellaneous Rail Replacement Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

9.                  Recommend the Allocation of $71,250 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Ladder Crosswalks Maintenance Project, Subject to the Attached Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

As a measure to promote school safety, the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) conducted a campaign to convert crosswalk markings at approximately 900 intersections and mid-block crossings near schools to yellow ladder-style striping. Installation was completed primarily with Prop B funds. These crosswalks now require maintenance, as expected based on the projected 7-year lifespan of the improvement. The MTA is requesting $71,250 to maintain ladder crosswalks at approximately 30 locations where maintenance is most urgently needed. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $71,250 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the Ladder Crosswalks Maintenance Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

10.               Recommend the Allocation of $775,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) Construction Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and Amendment of the Relevant 5-Year Prioritization Program - ACTION* (attachment)

Blind and visually impaired people have difficulty taking advantage of traffic and pedestrian signals. Consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) statute and implementing regulations, the federal traffic engineering manual encourages consideration of Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) where blind pedestrians may have difficulty crossing. Many San Francisco crossings are particularly difficult, due to angled, multi-leg intersections, or to special pedestrian-only (or light traffic) phases. The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) will install APS systems at 114 locations throughout the city. To date, 54 APS systems are in service, including 31 systems funded by Prop K on the Third Street corridor. The MTA plans to install an additional 60 APS systems with funding from a Safe Routes to Transit grant, a Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program grant, and Prop K. The MTA requests $775,000 in Prop K funds to install APS at 40 of the 60 sites. The Authority previously allocated $161,500 in Prop K funds for the design phase of this project. The MTA is also requesting an amendment to the 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) for the Pedestrian Circulation and Safety category to make sufficient funds available for the subject project. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $775,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the APS Construction Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and amendment of the relevant 5YPP.

11.                Recommend the Allocation of $60,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for the 6th and Irving Street Transit Preferential Streets Upgrade Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* (attachment)

The N-Judah line is the most heavily used light rail vehicle (LRV) line in San Francisco, providing over 45,000 passenger trips each day to and from Ocean Beach and the Caltrain Station and 4th and King Street. The existing traffic signal priority system equipment at 6th and Irving Street on the N-Judah line was installed in 1988, but recently has failed.  The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) requests $60,000 in Prop K funds for design and construction an upgraded traffic signal priority system at the intersection. This project would upgrade the existing non-functioning overhead contact pans and wiring, the traffic signal controller, and the system software. The upgrade would allow the approaching transit vehicles to pass through the intersection without having to stop, resulting in a decrease in travel time for N-Judah LRVs by an average of 5-10 seconds.  We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $60,000 in Prop K Funds, with conditions, to the MTA for the 6th and Irving Street Transit Preferential Streets Upgrade Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule.

12.               Recommend Adoption of the Final Report on the Automobile Trip Generation (ATG) Impact Measure - ACTION* (attachment) (ATG Final Report)

The Authority's Strategic Analysis Report on Transportation Level of Service (LOS) Methodologies (SAR 02-03) examined alternative methodologies for assessing the transportation impacts of projects pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The SAR recommended convening a technical working group (TWG) to refine the SAR's recommendations for approval by the Authority Board. In July 2005, staff updated the Authority on the LOS TWG recommendation to replace the current automobile LOS measure with a measure based on the Auto Trips Generated (ATG) by a project, paired with a transportation impact mitigation fee (TIMF).  Based on subsequent technical assessment and input from the LOS TWG and a statewide Peer Review Roundtable, the Auto Trip Generation Impact Measure Final Report recommends an ATG measure based on net new automobile trips generated by a project.   Projects that do not generate net new automobile trips would not be considered to have transportation impacts under CEQA.  Projects that do generate automobile trips would be able to mitigate their impacts by paying a new transportation impact mitigation fee that would fund a set of citywide and local area projects designed to address environmental impacts caused by the project.  This approach is a better indicator of environmental effect than LOS; it is consistent with the City's Transit First policy and other environmental and health goals; it is more efficient and transparent for the Planning Department to implement and for project sponsors to understand; and it is a more effective approach to transportation impact mitigation. The report recommends the adoption of a new ATG measure and TIMF program by the City, and proposes that the Authority partner with City agencies on the initiation of a nexus study to support the new program.  We are seeking a recommendation to adopt the Final Report on the Automobile Trip Generation Impact Measure.

13.               Progress Update for Five Projects Funded by the 2006 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) Grant Cycle - INFORMATION* (attachment)

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC's) Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) encourages residents and other stakeholders in low income communities to participate in identifying priorities for transportation improvements and provides funding to implement these priorities.  In 2006, MTC initiated the capital grants portion of the LTP, and delegated administration, including project selection and oversight, to the nine Bay Area Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs).  As the CMA for San Francisco, the Authority was responsible for establishing San Francisco's project priorities for the 2006 LTP grant cycle.  In July 2006, the Authority recommended programming of $2,753,000 in LTP funds to the five projects shown in Attachment 1.  We are currently in the midst of developing recommendations for the 2008 LTP.  The twelve applications that are under consideration are shown in Attachment 2.  We plan to bring the 2008 LTP recommendations to the Plans and Programs Committee in November 2008.  The purpose of this memorandum is to present a progress update for the five projects funded in the 2006 LTP grant cycle, which will also help inform the selection of the 2008 LTP program of projects.  This is an information item.

14.               Strategic Analysis Report on the Role of Shuttle Services in Transportation in San Francisco - INFORMATION* (attachment)

At the September meeting of the Plans and Programs Committee, Commissioner Bevan Dufty requested that we initiate a Strategic Analysis Report (SAR) on the issue of shuttle services in San Francisco.  As called for in the Authority's procedures governing the development of SARs, we are bringing the draft scope to the Plans and Programs Committee for comments and guidance. The final SAR scope will be presented to the Committee for approval at the regular November meeting.  This is an information item.

15.               Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

16.               Public Comment

17.               Adjournment



 

 

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