Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016; 6:00 p.m.
Location: Transportation Authority Hearing Room, 1455 Market Street, Floor 22
Members: Christopher Waddling (Chair), Wells Whitney (Vice Chair), Myla Ablog, Rebecca Hogue, Brian Larkin, John Larson, Santiago Lerma, John Morrison, Jacqualine Sachs, Peter Sachs and Peter Tannen
6:00 1. Committee Meeting Call to Order
6:05 2. Chair’s Report – INFORMATION
As set forth in the CAC’s By-Laws, the terms of the CAC Chair and Vice-Chair expire in January of each year. An election is required to select the Chair and Vice Chair by a majority of the appointed CAC members. To be eligible for election to the Chair or Vice Chair positions, a CAC member must be nominated at the last meeting of the previous calendar year. At the December 2, 2015 meeting, Chris Waddling was nominated for Chair and Peter Sachs was nominated for Vice Chair. The statements of qualifications and objectives for each candidate were submitted to the Clerk and are included as attachments to this item. The newly elected Chair and Vice Chair will immediately preside over the current meeting and the remaining 2016 meetings.
6:15 Consent Calendar
4. Approve the Minutes of the December 2, 2015 Meeting – ACTION* minutes
5. Internal Accounting and Investment Report for the Six Months Ended December 31, 2015 – INFORMATION* memo
The Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Policy directs staff to give a quarterly report of expenditures including a comparison to the approved budget. The Transportation Authority’s Investment Policy directs that a review of portfolio compliance be presented along with the quarterly report.
Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) funds come from a $4 per vehicle surcharge collected by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on motor vehicle registrations in the nine-county Bay Area region. A portion of the funds (40 percent) is available to each county on a return-to-source basis from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District). These funds are used to implement strategies to improve air quality by reducing motor vehicle emissions in accordance with the Air District’s Clean Air Plan. As the Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, the Transportation Authority is required to adopt Local Expenditure Criteria for the programming of the local TFCA funds. Our proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016/17 Local Expenditure Criteria (Attachment 1) are the same as those used in past cycles and are consistent with the Air District’s TFCA policies for FY 2016/17. The criteria establish a clear prioritization methodology for applicant projects, including project types ranked by local priorities, emissions reduced, program diversity, project readiness, and past project sponsor delivery. We plan to issue the FY 2016/17 call for projects in late February and anticipate having approximately $800,000 to program to projects.
End of Consent Calendar
6:20 7. Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $49,171,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule – ACTION* memo enclosure presentation
As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have five requests from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $49,171,000 in Prop K sales tax funds to present to the Citizens Advisory Committee. The SFMTA is requesting $47,869,000 and a commitment to allocate $30.1 million in Prop K funds to accelerate the procurement of up to 265 motor coaches from New Flyer Incorporated. We have worked extensively with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and SFMTA on the funding strategy to get the new vehicles on the street sooner and at a lower cost than currently forecast. The total funds expected to be available for near-term contract certification total $137.5 million in Prop K, federal funds, and regional bridge tolls, and enable the SFMTA to order 148 motor coaches to be placed into revenue service by July 2017. The SFMTA has also requested $552,000 to leverage state grant for the construction phase of signal upgrades at the seven intersections on South Van Ness Avenue between 14th and 20th Streets; $300,000 for the outreach, planning, and development of a community-preferred design for corridor safety improvements on Taylor Street from Market Street to Sutter Street; $50,000 in Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program capital funds to extend the Prop K-funded Golden Gate Avenue road diet to Market Street and construction of a buffered bike lane between Polk and Market Street; and $400,000 for the design of upgrades and/or replacements of fire alarm systems at five Muni maintenance facilities.
At the January CAC meeting, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) staff will provide an update on the Muni Service Equity Strategy, which is partially funded with Prop K sales tax dollars. In May 2014, the SFMTA Board adopted the Muni Equity Policy, which calls for a biennial Service Equity Strategy to be adopted on the same cycle as the SFMTA’s budget. The Service Equity Strategy builds on existing Title VI annual monitoring, uses a neighborhood-based approach to improving routes most critical to low-income/minority communities, and analyzes key indicators at all times of day including on-time performance, travel times, and crowding. Recommendations identified through this strategy are already being included in service improvements, capital projects, and line management improvements. In 2016, the SFMTA will conduct additional outreach for the strategy, monitor service against the baseline, and report progress to the SFMTA and Transportation Authority boards.
6:50 9. Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program Update – INFORMATION* presentation
At the January CAC meeting, Transportation Authority and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency staff will provide an update on the Prop K sales tax-funded Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP), including progress updates for each active NTIP project. The NTIP was developed in response to mobility and equity analysis findings from the 2014 San Francisco Transportation Plan, the city’s 30-year blueprint guiding transportation investment in San Francisco, and the Transportation Authority Board's desire for more focus on neighborhoods, especially on Communities of Concern and other underserved neighborhoods. NTIP projects aim to build community awareness of, and capacity to provide input to, the transportation planning process and to advance delivery of community-supported neighborhood-scale projects through strengthening project pipelines or helping move individual projects more quickly toward implementation. Based on the 2014 Prop K Strategic Planthere are $100,000 in planning funds and $600,000 in local match capital funds for each district To date, the Transportation Authority has awarded six NTIP planning projects and three NTIP capital projects.
7:05 10. Bay Area Rapid Transit Travel Incentives Program – INFORMATION presentation
The Transportation Authority and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) are working together on an innovative pilot program to reduce crowding on BART through monetary incentives. The pilot, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, Prop K sales tax funds, and BART, is expected to launch this spring, and will involve the creation of a mobile site where BART users can sign up to earn cash rewards for traveling during off-peak periods. At the CAC meeting we will share the draft program goals and objectives and the draft branding and marketing approach.
In 2014 the California Legislature called for a Road Charge Pilot Program to study a system where drivers could pay for road maintenance and repairs based on the number of miles they drive, rather than how much gas they consume. The free pilot program will inform the Legislature’s decision on whether moving forward with a full-scale permanent road charge program, potentially replacing the gas tax, is worthwhile. The California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was created by the California Transportation Commission in January 2015, and released its final recommendations for the pilot study on January 15, 2016. The pilot program is scheduled to begin sometime in the summer of 2016. We will present an overview of the TAC’s recommendations and upcoming next steps, and provide information on how to sign up as a participant to the pilot program.
7:35 12. State and Federal Legislative Update – INFORMATION
To inform state advocacy efforts, the Transportation Authority tracks pending state legislation and presents a matrix of transportation-related bills to the Finance Committee each month. Staff is not recommending any new positions this month since the legislative session just began on January 4. However, at the CAC meeting we will provide an update on what has transpired in Sacramento since our last report and what we anticipate will be the focus over the next few months, including what the Governor’s draft state budget proposes for transportation and the outlook for the extraordinary legislative session on new revenues for transportation. We will also provide highlights of the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act President Obama signed into law in December.
7:45 13. 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 14. Public Comment
8:00 15. Adjournment
* Additional materials
Next Meeting: February 24, 2016
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