Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016; 6:00 p.m.
Location: Transportation Authority Hearing Room, 1455 Market Street, Floor 22
Members: Christopher Waddling (Chair), Peter Sachs (Vice Chair), Myla Ablog, Becky Hogue, Brian Larkin, John Larson, Santiago Lerma, John Morrison, Jacqualine Sachs and Peter Tannen
6:00 1. Committee Meeting Call to Order
6:02 2. Chair’s Report – INFORMATION
6:05 Consent Calendar
3. Approve the Minutes of the January 27, 2016 Meeting – ACTION* minutes
4. State and Federal Legislative Update – INFORMATION* attachment
Every month, we provide an update on state and federal legislation and, when appropriate, seek recommendations to adopt new positions on active legislation. The attached matrix tracks the latest activity on state bills and the positions previously adopted by the Transportation Authority. At its February 9 meeting, the Finance Committee recommended the following new positions: support on Assembly Bill (AB) 1574 (Chiu), AB 1591 (Frazier), Senate Bill 812 (Hill) and SB 824 (Beall); and oppose on AB 1550 (Gomez), AB 1641 (Allen), Assembly First Extraordinary Session (ABX1) 18 (Linder) and ABX1 25 (Allen).
5. Citizens Advisory Committee Appointments – INFORMATION
The Plans and Programs Committee will consider recommending appointment of two members to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at its March 15 meeting. The vacancies are the result of the resignation of Wells Whitney and the term expiration of John Larson, who is seeking reappointment. Neither staff nor CAC members make recommendations regarding CAC appointments. CAC applications can be submitted through the Transportation Authority’s website at www.sfcta.org/cac.
End of Consent Calendar
6:10 6. Adopt a Motion of Support for the Approval of the 2016 Prop AA Call for Projects Programming Recommendations Totaling $2,192,934 for Five Projects and Amendment of the Prop AA Strategic Plan – ACTION* memo enclosure presentation
Prop AA generates revenues from a $10 vehicle registration fee on motor vehicles registered in San Francisco to fund transportation improvements consistent with a 2012 voter-approved expenditure plan. One of the features of Prop AA is a focus on quick-to-deliver projects that bring tangible benefits to neighborhoods citywide. Correspondingly, the 2012 Strategic Plan policies allow for periodic calls for projects to reprogram cost savings or funds from programmed projects that failed to request funds in a timely manner. In November we issued a call for projects to program $1,193,197 in Prop AA revenues available from cost savings from recently completed projects. By the January 13, 2016 deadline we received five applications requesting about $2.6 million in Prop AA funds. In order to fund more projects, we updated the Prop AA revenue assumptions for the first five years of the Strategic Plan (Fiscal Years 2012/13–2016/17) based on actual revenues collected to date, which are about 3.9% higher than was assumed in the Strategic Plan. Revising the revenue estimates, after netting out 5% program administration costs, increases the capital reserve by $999,737, which is now available for programming. We evaluated projects using the Board-adopted screening and prioritization criteria. Our recommendation is to program $2,192,934 in Prop AA funds (comprised of $1,193,197 in cost savings and $999,737 from the capital reserve) to fully fund 3 projects and partially fund 1 project (Attachment 3). This includes full funding for San Francisco Public Works’ construction requests for Broadway Chinatown ($1,029,839) and Mansell ($163,358) streetscape improvement projects, which are both One Bay Area Grant projects with funding shortfalls; and $507,980 for construction of a Muni bus layover area at the BART Daly City Station to accommodate planned service increases for the 14R-Mission Rapid route; and partial funding ($491,757) of the design phase of SFMTA’s Bulb-outs at WalkFirst Locations project which would upgrade up to 25 existing painted safety zones with concrete bulb-outs on pedestrian high injury corridors throughout the city. Our recommendation holds the capital reserve at $240,000 (about 5% of annual revenues), as approved by the Board in May 2014.
6:15 7. Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $10,975,410 in Prop K Funds and $794,980 in Prop AA Funds, with Conditions, for Six Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules – ACTION* memo enclosure presentation
As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have six requests totaling $11,770,390 in Prop K and AA funds to present to the Citizens Advisory Committee. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has requested funding for three projects, including $706,397 in Prop K funds for construction of fall protection systems at SFMTA's Presidio Division trolleybus maintenance facility; $28,000 in District 6 Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program capital funds for a new mid-block crosswalk on Sherman Street at Bessie Carmichael elementary school; and, $287,000 in Prop AA funds for major system overhauls of twelve elevators at Van Ness, Church, Castro and Forest Hill Muni Metro stations. San Francisco Public Works has requested a total of $10,241,000 in Prop K funds for the construction phases of two street resurfacing projects that will improve more than 70 city blocks, including new curb ramps. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has requested $507,980 in Prop AA funds to construct a bus layover area at BART’s Daly City station for SFMTA’s 14R-Mission Rapid line to accommodate planned service increases for the route. Our recommendation to fund the BART project is contingent upon Board approval of the proposed 2016 Prop AA programming recommendations, which is a separate item on this agenda.
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 transit on the west side of San Francisco. 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 brought the draft SAR to the February Plans and Programs Committee meeting which Commissioner Tang chairs and subsequently, have been seeking input from relevant city agencies and other interested parties. We will present the SAR findings to the Citizens Advisory Committee on February 24 and anticipate seeking a recommendation to approve the final SAR from the Plans and Programs Committee in March.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) has developed a Rail Capacity Strategy that identifies and prioritizes improvements to existing infrastructure and system expansion needed to help meet future ridership demand. Strategies include alleviating bottlenecks, improving the vehicle fleet, expanding or extending the light rail and metro systems, and building system resiliency. Initial engineering was conducted for near term improvements that can be delivered in the next five years. Long term improvements identified in the strategy will inform the Metropolitan Transportation Commission-led San Francisco Bay Area Core Capacity Transit Study, and updates of the San Francisco Transportation Plan as part of the Long Range Transportation Planning Program and Plan Bay Area (the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy). SFMTA staff will provide an overview of the Rail Capacity Strategy at the February CAC meeting. The Strategy can be found on SFMTA’s February 19 Policy and Governance Committee meeting page or we can provide a hard copy upon request.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is leading the 19th Avenue/M-Ocean View Project which proposes a major capital investment to address crowding and reliability on Muni Metro and re-build 19th Avenue as a safer street for everyone. The project builds off a Transportation Authority-led Feasibility Study that was completed in mid-2014. The Transportation Authority is still an important project partner supporting the Caltrans process and the contracting of this phase of work. SFMTA is hosting a round of community meetings this month to share project progress. At the CAC meeting, SFMTA staff will provide a brief update on the new content being shared at these meetings. This update includes describing the new “Full Subway” alternative that would construct a new subway tunnel under West Portal and 19th Avenue to Parkmerced. More information is available on the project page at www.sfmta.com/19thave.
7:15 11. Update on the Railyard Alternatives and I-280 Boulevard Feasibility Study – INFORMATION presentation
The Railyard Alternatives and I-280 Boulevard Feasibility Study (RAB) is a multi-agency program studying transportation and land use alternatives in the most rapidly growing areas of the City, including South of Market, Mission Bay, and Showplace Square/Lower Potrero Hill. In anticipation of the Downtown Rail Extension, the electrification of Caltrain, and High-Speed Rail, the City is studying how best to coordinate these projects in a unified vision for the area rather than building each project independently. The first phase of the RAB has prepared conceptual design alternatives for four different project components, in addition to a study of overall land use considerations and opportunities for placemaking. At the September 30, 2015 Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, Chair Waddling requested a presentation on RAB from the San Francisco Planning Department as part of the next round of public outreach. That outreach is now happening, with a public workshop at 6 p.m. on February 23 at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. The following day, Planning Department staff will discuss findings from the first phase of the study at the February 24 Citizens Advisory Committee.
7:45 12. Introduction of New Business – INFORMATION
During this segment of the meeting, CAC members may make comments on items not specifically listed above, or introduce or request items for future consideration.
7:50 13. Public Comment
8:00 14. Adjournment
* Additional materials
Next Meeting: March 23, 2016
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