Citizens Advisory Committee - January 26, 2011

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AGENDA

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

Date:          6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Location:     1455 Market St., 22nd Floor

Members:    Peter Tannen (Chair), Chris Jones (Vice-Chair), Glenn Davis, Brian Larkin, Fran Martin, Jacqualine Sachs, Robert Switzer, Wendy Tran, Rosie West and Conrad Wu

 

6:00     1.          Committee Meeting Call to Order

6:02     2.         Chair's Report - INFORMATION

6:07     3.         Election of Chair and Vice Chair - ACTION                                                          

The terms of the CAC Chair and Vice-Chair expire in January of each year, as established by Section 2, Article II of the CAC By-Laws.  An election is required to select the Chair and Vice-Chair by a majority of the appointed CAC members.  Any CAC member is eligible for either the Chair or the Vice Chair position.  The elected Chair and Vice Chair immediately preside over the current meeting and the remaining 2011 meetings.

6:15      Consent Calendar

4.                  Approve the Minutes of the October 27, 2010 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

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 February 8 meeting. These vacancies resulted from the resignation of Jul Lynn Parsons and term expiration of Wendy Tran. Neither staff nor CAC members make recommendations regarding CAC appointments.  CAC applications can be obtained at the Authority's website (www.sfcta.org) or by calling 415.522.4800. This is an information item.

6.                  Authorizing the Executive Director to Execute an Amendment to Increase the Memorandum of Agreement with the Recreation and Park Department by $1,229,380, to a Total Amount Not to Exceed $1,300,000, for Palace of Fine Arts Parking Strategies Implementation for the Presidio Parkway Project and Authorizing the Executive Director to Modify Certain Agreement Terms - INFORMATION* attachment

This item was recommended for authorization by the Finance Committee on January 11, 2011, and will be considered by the Board on January 25, 2011. The memo to the Finance Committee is included as an information item for the CAC. The Authority, in close cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), has been leading the Doyle Drive Replacement Project since 1994, now re-envisioned as Presidio Parkway, to replace the existing Doyle Drive structure. The Authority has forged a partnership with a host of federal, state and local agencies involved with this complex undertaking, including the Federal Highway Administration, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Presidio Trust, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Park Service, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and others. The RPD will be implementing temporary parking strategies to assist the Exploratorium and Palace of Fine Arts Theatre to accommodate visitor parking and bus activity and to minimize parking overflow into adjacent neighborhoods while the primary parking lot is temporarily unavailable due to construction activities of the Presidio Parkway.  Because of the urgency in initiating work, the Authority issued a limited authorization to the RPD in December 2010 in an amount not to exceed $70,620. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the RPD outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Authority and the RPD to develop and implement the Palace of Fine Arts Parking Strategies Implementation Project.  Under the MOA, the Authority will provide transportation planning and public relations experts, reimburse the RPD for eligible expenses performed on the project, and reimburse City and County of San Francisco departments, consultants and contractors procured by the RPD for work related to the project.  This is an information item.

7.                  Allocation of $35,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Department of Public Works for Construction of a Bus Bulb at Balboa Street and 37th Avenue, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - INFORMATION* attachment

This item was recommended for allocation by the Plans and Programs Committee on January 11, 2011, and will be considered by the Board on January 25, 2011. The memo to the Plans and Programs Committee is included as an information item for the CAC. The Department of Public Works (DPW) has requested allocation of $35,000 in Prop K funds to help fund construction of a bus bulb at Balboa Street and 37th Avenue. The bus bulb, estimated to cost about $60,000, is part of the Balboa Streetscape Improvement Project, which extends from 34th to 39th Avenue along Balboa Street and includes sidewalk bulb-outs, revised traffic and parking layout, light fixture upgrades, and a gateway marker at the commercial district entrances. DPW estimates construction costs for the streetscape project to be $2,522,419 and plans to use a SAFETEA-LU earmark, Prop K, Public Utility Commission funds, General Fund and Prop 42 to fully fund the project.  Prop K would fund two-thirds of the cost including the current request and a prior $807,870 allocation from the street resurfacing category. DPW wishes to advertise the construction contract by the end of January 2011, award the contract by April 2011, and complete construction by December 2011. This is an information item.

8.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Award of a Contract to City CarShare, in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,700,000, for the eFleet: Carsharing Electrified Project and Authorization for the Executive Director to Negotiate Terms and Conditions - ACTION* attachment

In December 2009, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted the Climate Initiatives Program as part of its framework for programming funds anticipated under the yet-to-be-developed six-year federal surface transportation act. Within the Climate Initiatives Program, the Innovative Grant Program is one of the competitive grant programs managed by MTC with up to $31 million to support high-impact, innovative projects with the greatest potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that can be replicated on a larger-scale around the region. In accordance with MTC's Grants Guidelines, City CarShare, a Bay Area non-profit organization, partnered with the Authority to submit an application for the eFleet: Carsharing Electrified project. In October 2010, MTC awarded $1.7 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds to the Authority for the project. In November 2010, through Resolution 11-24, the Authority adopted a resolution of local support for the project and committed to act as a fiscal agent to support City CarShare in deploying a fleet of electric vehicles, as well as the supportive infrastructure and operations. We are seeking a motion of support for the award of a contract to City CarShare, in an amount not to exceed $1,700,000, for the eFleet: Carsharing Electrified project and authorization for the Executive Director to negotiate terms and conditions.

9.                  Internal Accounting Report and Investment Report for the Six Months Ended December 31, 2010 - INFORMATION* attachment

The Authority's Fiscal Policy directs staff to give a quarterly report of expenditures including a comparison to the approved budget.  The Authority's Investment Policy directs that a review of portfolio compliance be presented along with the quarterly report.  The Internal Accounting Report for the six months ended December 31, 2010, is presented for information.

End of Consent Calendar

6:20     10.        Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $35,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for the 14th and Market Streets Curb Bulb Project, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and Amendment of the Bicycle Circulation and Safety 5-Year Prioritization Program - ACTION* attachment

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has requested allocation of $35,000 in Prop K funds to fund the design of a curb bulb at the northeast corner of Market and 14th Streets. This project is the second stage of implementation of the 14th Street bicycle project, previously funded by Prop K, and would extend the curb line on the northeast corner to the existing island on 14th Street. The project also includes landscaping, seating, and bike racks on the additional sidewalk space created by the new curb bulb. An existing pedestrian signal on the corner would be moved to the western edge of the new curb line, and an ADA-compliant curb ramp would be constructed. The SFMTA estimates construction costs for the project to be $165,000 and plans to submit a future request for Prop K funds from the Bicycle Circulation and Safety and Pedestrian Circulation and Safety categories to fully fund the project. The SFMTA anticipates completing design in Fall 2011 and completing construction by Summer 2012. This allocation requires amendment of the Bicycle Circulation and Safety 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) to reprogram $35,000 in unallocated funds to the project. We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $35,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the SFMTA for the 14th and Market Streets Curb Bulb Project, subject to the attached fiscal year cash flow distribution schedule, and amendment of the Bicycle Circulation and Safety 5YPP.

6:25     11.        Adopt a Motion of Support to Amend the Baseline Funding Plan for the San Francisco Municipal Agency's Central Subway Project, Affirm the Authority's Funding Commitments to the Project and Amend Related 5-Year Prioritization Programs - ACTION* attachment

In March 2010, the Authority Board adopted a baseline budget, schedule and funding plan for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority's (SFMTA's) Central Subway Project (Resolution 10-51), consistent with the requirements in the Prop K Expenditure Plan for major capital projects.  This action will support our efforts to monitor project progress, including cost and schedule trends and the project's financial status.  It will also serve as a useful check point for the Authority and the SFMTA as we work together to ensure that the SFMTA can satisfy all the requirements necessary to secure a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in December 2011.  A FFGA is the FTA's official commitment of federal New Starts funds to the project, representing $942.2 million of the $1.578 billion project. On January 18, 2011, the SFMTA Board approved the full funding for the project.  SFMTA staff has requested that the Authority take a similar action, including affirming the Authority's remaining funding commitments to the project to help strengthen the SFMTA's application for a FFGA.  We are recommending amendment of the baseline funding plan for the project (Attachment 1) to reflect the full funding plan for the project as shown in Attachment 2.  Further, we are concurrently recommending amendment of the Transit Facilities and Guideways 5-Year Prioritization Programs (5YPP) which are necessary to support some capital fund reprogramming actions that enable the SFMTA to direct $29.5 million in additional Prop 1B funds to the project.  The amendments are consistent with the Prop K Strategic Plan and result in financing cost decreases for both categories.  We are seeking a motion of support to amend the baseline funding plan for the SFMTA's Central Subway Project, affirm the Authority's funding commitments to the project, and amend related 5YPPs.

6:50     12.        Adopt a Motion of Support for the Affirmation of the Authority's Funding Commitment to the Presidio Parkway Project, and Authorization for the Executive Director to Enter into Related Funding Agreements with the California Department of Transportation, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, the Transportation Authority of Marin, and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and to Negotiate Agreement Terms and Conditions - ACTION* attachment

In December 2008, the Authority Board approved the final environmental document for the Presidio Parkway Project.  Phase I of construction, initiated in August 2009, consists of contracts 1 through 4 for environmental mitigation, utility relocation, and the construction of portions of the permanent new parkway, one of four short tunnels under the Presidio, and a detour.  Phase II will complete the last three tunnels and bridge structures as well as final landscaping.  In 2010, the California Transportation Commission approved Phase II of the Presidio Parkway Project's implementation through a public private partnership (P3) agreement, a contractual agreement between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and a private sector concessionaire to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain an infrastructure facility.  P3 transfers some responsibilities and risks of project delivery from the public sector to a private concessionaire for a fixed period of time in order to reduce the expected life cycle cost the asset.  On January 3, 2011, Caltrans awarded the P3 agreement to the selected bidder, Golden Link Partners, setting the terms for Golden Link Partners to design and build Phase II of the project as well as operate and maintain the facility for 30 years.  The next major milestone for Phase II is completing a financial closing by the end of summer 2011 so that construction activities can begin, requiring Caltrans and the Authority to reaffirm their respective financial commitments to the project.  Attachment 2 shows the existing commitment of $171,773,000 in Authority-controlled funds to the overall project and a proposed revision of the fund sources, but not the total amount, that comprise that commitment.  To complete the P3 agreement, the Authority must also enter into funding agreements with Caltrans, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway Transportation District (GGBHTD), the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) to clarify roles and responsibilities and specify the timing, fund sources, and other particulars of their commitments to Phase II of the project.  Phase II funding commitments are summarized in Attachment 4.  We are seeking a motion of support for the affirmation of the Authority's funding commitment to the Presidio Parkway Project and authorization for the Executive Director to enter into related funding agreements with Caltrans, GGBHTD, TAM, and SCTA, and to negotiate agreement terms and conditions. 

7:25     13.        Adopt a Motion of Support for the Approval of the 2011 State and Federal Legislative Program - ACTION* attachment

Every year in January or February, the Authority adopts a legislative program to guide the agency's transportation advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels.  The proposed State and Federal Legislative Program reflects key principles, gathered from our common positions with the Self-Help Counties Coalition, comprised of the other local transportation sales tax authorities around the state, as well as our understanding of the most pressing issues facing the region, the City, and the agencies that deliver transportation in the city. The proposed program is presented in the form of principles, not specific bills or legislative initiatives, in order to allow staff the necessary flexibility to respond to legislative proposals and specific policy concerns that may arise over the course of the session. Our 2011 Legislative Program continues many of the themes from the previous legislative sessions and emphasizes issues of stabilizing and protecting existing transportation funds, funding flexibility, authorizing new transportation revenues, aspiring to meet environmental and greenhouse gas reduction goals, and streamlining of project delivery mechanisms. All of these are necessary, particularly at a time when transportation funds are at risk due to the likely effect of Proposition 26 on the fuel tax swap and California's ongoing state budget crisis.  At the same time, Congress continues to debate the format, content and timing of the next federal surface transportation act which provides an opportunity to advocate for San Francisco priorities and support legislation that protects and increases funding for San Francisco projects. Our legislative program also continues to explore ways to address the need for stable and increased funding for transit operations.  We are seeking a motion of support for the approval of the 2011 State and Federal Legislative Program.

7:30     14.        Update on the Development of the Bay Area's First Sustainable Communities Strategy - INFORMATION* attachment

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are developing the Bay Area's first Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) an integrated transportation, housing, and land use planning process that will form the basis for the 2013 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Regional Housing Needs Allocation process. The SCS must meet a greenhouse gas reduction target set by the California Air Resources Board as required under Senate Bill 375. The SCS has the potential to transform the distribution of funding in the regional transportation plan (the total RTP budget for the 2009 plan was $218 billion), as well as develop new policies and incentives to support the implementation of Priority Development Areas, including those in San Francisco. As congestion management agency for San Francisco, the Authority is leading the coordination of San Francisco's input into the process.  To date, our comments have emphasized the critical need for discretionary regional funding to support jurisdictions that are already planning for growth and developing sustainable and cost-effective projects. Because input and buy-in by local jurisdictions is critical to the success and ultimately to the implementation of the SCS, MTC and ABAG have requested that Authority staff present an overview of the SCS and its implications for San Francisco to elected officials. Authority staff presented this item to the Plans and Programs Committee on January 11, 2011. This is an information item. We are seeking input and guidance from the Committee.

7:50     15.        Public Comment

8:00     16.        Adjournment

 

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Next Regular Meeting: February 23, 2011

 

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