Plans and Programs Committee - September 9, 2008

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Meeting Notice

Date:                     10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 9, 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 July 8, 2008 Meeting - ACTION* (attachment)

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

4.                  Recommend the Allocation of $27,000 in Prop K Funds to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), with Conditions, for the Environmental Study and Final Design Phases of the Mission and Geneva Pedestrian Improvements Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule and Amendment of the Strategic Plan - ACTION* (attachment)

The intersection of Mission Street and Geneva Avenue is an important hub in San Francisco's transit network, serving several major bus routes (bus lines 9AX, 9BX, 14, 14L, 29, 43, and 54) and located within walking distance of the Balboa Park Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station.  The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has requested $27,000 of Prop K funds as a local match to the environmental study and final design phases for a $940,000 Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) grant to enhance pedestrian safety, improve streetscape conditions for waiting transit passengers, and reduce transit vehicle delay.  The preliminary scope of the project includes the installation of transit bulbs, a pedestrian-friendly reconfiguration of the northwest corner of the intersection, transit passenger amenities, new left-turn pockets, curb ramps, and other infrastructure upgrades and improvements. This project was identified as a community priority in the Authority's Mission-Geneva Neighborhood Transportation Plan, and complements two other grants that the Authority Board has recently approved for the study and implementation of Transit Preferential Street (TPS) improvements on the Geneva Avenue corridor.  We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $27,000 in Prop K funds to the MTA, with conditions, for the environmental study and final design phases of the Mission and Geneva Pedestrian Improvements Project, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule and amendment of the Strategic Plan.

5.                  Status Report on the Third Street Light Rail Project - INFORMATION

6.                  Draft Final Report on the Automobile Trip Generation (ATG) Impact Measure and on the Proposed ATG Transportation Impact Mitigation Fee Nexus Study - INFORMATION* (attachment)

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 input and comments from the Committee on the Draft Final Report on the Automobile Trip Generation Impact Measure and on the proposed ATG TIMF Nexus Study.

7.                  Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

8.                  Public Comment

9.                  Adjournment



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