Citizens Advisory Committee - October 26, 2011

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AGENDA

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

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

Location:        1455 Market St., 22nd Floor

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

 

6:00     1.          Committee Meeting Call to Order

6:05     2.         Chair's Report - INFORMATION

6:15      Consent Calendar

3.                  Approve the Minutes of the September 28, 2011 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

4.                  Citizens Advisory Committee Appointments - INFORMATION

The Plans and Programs Committee will consider recommending appointment of one member to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at its November 8 meeting. The vacancy resulted from the term expiration of Robert Switzer. 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.

5.                  Adopt a Motion of Support to Increase the Authorized Amount for the Non-Federal Portion of the Memorandum of Agreement with Treasure Island Development Authority by $1,000,000, to a Loan Obligation Amount Not to Exceed $10,287,000, to Complete Preliminary Engineering and Design for the I-80/Yerba Buena Island Interchange Improvement Project; to Defer the Repayment Date by Two Years; and to Authorize the Executive Director to Modify Certain Agreement Terms - ACTION* attachment

In its capacity as the Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Authority is working jointly with the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) on the development of the I-80/Yerba Buena Island (YBI) Interchange Improvement Project.  Under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Authority and TIDA, TIDA has the responsibility to reimburse all Authority costs incurred on the project.  In April 2008, the Authority approved an initial loan obligation to TIDA from Prop K funds was capped at $3,000,000. Since then, at the request of TIDA, the Authority increased TIDA's loan obligation to a loan obligation amount for the non-federal portion to $9,287,000, and a total non-federal and federal loan obligation amount to $18,830,000, to continue preliminary engineering and design of the I-80/Yerba Buena Island (YBI) Interchange Improvement Project and to fulfill the local match requirement as Federal Highway Bridge Program funding became available. Due to the overall delay in schedule, TIDA is requesting a two year deferral of the required repayment date, in order to bring this deadline into sync with the overall project schedule. The Authority recently received additional Federal Highway Bridge Program funding for the preliminary and final design phases of the project. Authority funds loaned to TIDA will leverage the federal grant award to fulfill the local match requirement and reimburse the Authority for staff costs. We are seeking a recommendation to increase the authorized amount for the non-federal portion of the MOA with TIDA by $1,000,000, to a loan obligation amount not to exceed $10,287,000, to complete preliminary engineering and design for the I-80/YBI Interchange Improvement Project; to defer the repayment date by two years; and to authorize the Executive Director to modify certain agreement terms.

6.                  Adopt a Motion of Support for the Award of a Consultant Contract to Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., in an Amount Not to Exceed $250,000 for Program Management and Technical Support of the Van Ness Ave BRT Program, with an Option to Extend for Two Additional Years, and to Authorize the Executive Director to Negotiate Contract Terms and Conditions - ACTION* attachment

The Authority, in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), seeks program management and technical support consulting services to support the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program, a package of projects and activities that encompass the core BRT project and various ancillary and supporting projects. . The consulting services sought blend the conventional responsibilities of Program Management Support and Technical Support into a single contract (PM/T Support) for the 30% project development phase. The PM/T Support Consultant's work program will consist of ongoing program management support, as well as technical assistance to the project team, as needed, across a range of technical disciplines.  The PM/T Support Consultant will also provide support to the Authority and SFMTA in meeting the requirements of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Small Starts grant program. On July 22, 2011, the Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for program management and technical support services for the Van Ness BRT Program. The Authority held two pre-proposal conferences on August 1, 2011 and September 19, 2011.  By the due date of October 7, 2011, the Authority received three proposals in response to the RFP.  Interviews were held on October 19, 2011 and October 20, 2011.  Based on this competitive selection process, the review panel - comprised of staff from SFMTA and the Authority - recommends the award of a consultant contract to the top-ranked firm of Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.  We are requesting CAC consideration of the staff recommendation, so that we may seek Finance Committee and Authority Board approval in November.  This approval schedule will help ensure that the Van Ness Ave BRT Program moves forward in a timely manner. We are seeking a motion of support for the award of a consultant contract to Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc, in an amount not exceed $250,000 for Program Management and Technical Support of the Van Ness Ave BRT Program, with an option to extend for two additional years, and to authorize the Executive Director to negotiate contract terms and conditions.

7.                  Public Circulation of the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report - INFORMATION* attachment

In partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Federal Transit Administration, the Authority is leading the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program, including preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). The National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act require that projects with a potential for significant adverse environmental effects be reviewed in an EIS and EIR, respectively. This Draft EIS/EIR identifies three build alternatives that would meet the project's purpose and need, and evaluates the environmental effects that would result from each project alternative. The document also identifies measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts. The Draft EIS/EIR will be available for public review and comment starting November 4 and ending December 19.  During this review period, the Authority is soliciting public and agency input on the findings of the Draft EIS/EIR and alternatives analysis, including input on the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative.  The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the upcoming public circulation period for the Van Ness Avenue BRT Draft EIS/EIR and associated public hearings, and to solicit the Committee's feedback about our outreach plans. We are seeking input and guidance from the CAC. This is an information item.

8.                  Internal Accounting Report and Investment Report for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 - 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 three months ended September 30, 2011, is presented for information. 

End of Consent Calendar

6:45     9.         Adopt a Motion of Support for Allocation of Up to $14,869,901 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for the Central Control and Communications - Integrated Systems Replacement Phase 1 Project and Appropriation of Up to $126,827 for the 19th Avenue Transit Corridor Investment Study, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules, and Amendment of the Relevant 5-Year Prioritization Programs - ACTION* attachment   

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has requested up to $14.9 million in Prop K funds for construction of the first phase of the Integrated Systems Replacement project, one of several major projects in the SFMTA's Central Control and Communications (C3) program. This project will replace 5 major communication and control systems including: public address and platform display systems; two supervisory control and data acquisition systems - one for critical systems in the Muni Metro subway and one for the electric motive power network; a new fiber broadband network in the subway; and uninterruptible power supplies for all critical communications and control systems in the subway. We are requesting an appropriation of up to $126,827 for the 19th Avenue Transit Corridor Investment Study. The two-year planning study will explore the feasibility of transit improvements along the southern portion of 19th Avenue and the surrounding area, with a focus on improvements to the M-Ocean View light rail transit line, pedestrian and bicycle needs in the area, and ways to strengthen the transit connection to the Daly City BART Station. The study will produce a list of recommended projects with conceptual plans, preliminary cost estimates, funding plans and an implementation strategy. These requests require amendments to the Guideways and Transportation/Land Use Coordination 5-Year Prioritization Programs to fully fund the projects. We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of up to $14,869,901 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the SFMTA for the C3 - Integrated Systems Replacement Phase 1 project and appropriation of up to $126,827 for the 19th Avenue Transit Corridor Investment Study, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules, and amendment of the relevant 5-Year Prioritization Programs (5YPPs).

7:15      10.        Adopt a Motion of Support for the Approval of the Bayshore Intermodal Station Access Study Final Report - ACTION* attachment     enclosure   

In 2008, the Authority, together with the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG), applied for and received a $200,000 Station Area Planning Grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in recognition of the significant development and transportation plans on both sides of the county line.  With the appropriation of $45,000 in Prop K funds by the Authority Board (Resolution 09-30) and provision of $55,000 by the C/CAG in December, the Authority began the Bayshore Intermodal Station Access Study (Study), focusing on ways to transform the currently-underutilized Bayshore Caltrain station (Station) into a vibrant, central hub for regional and local transit connections. The Study's purpose was twofold:  to create and evaluate design options for strong future multimodal Station access, and to identify key policy and design considerations to ensure that planned growth supports the Station. Given the Station's location at the border of San Francisco and San Mateo County, the Study is an important opportunity for the affected agencies on both sides of the county line to coordinate and shape the Station's transformation. The Study created three alternatives, two of which are considered feasible to advance to the next stages of planning and design. Both feasible Station design options are paired with alternative land use scenarios forwarded under the City of Brisbane's Baylands development project planning process, and evaluated against a range of planning and design criteria, representing goals for the area. The Study also makes several findings regarding the need for supportive land use and policy choices; these factors not only ensure a successful station but can enhance the competitiveness of Station projects for regional, state and federal funding.  Finally, the Study identifies order-of-magnitude Station development costs, potential fund sources and implementation steps, including a next-phase feasibility study for the proposed Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit project. We are seeking a motion of support for approval of the Bayshore Intermodal Station Access Study Final Report.

7:45     11.        Introduction of New Business - INFORMATION

7:50     12.        Public Comment

8:00     13.        Adjournment

 

 

* Materials Attached

Next Special Meeting: December 7, 2011

 

CAC MEMBERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND SHOULD CONTACT ERIKA CHENG AT (415) 522-4831

This meeting location is wheelchair accessible.  In order to allow individuals with environmental illness or multiple-chemical sensitivity to attend the meeting, individuals are requested to refrain from wearing perfume or other scented products.  All times shown are for information only.  Items will be called at the discretion of the Chair.

To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact Erika Cheng at 415.522.4800 or via email at clerk@sfcta.org at least two business days before the meeting.

The nearest accessible BART station is Civic Center (Market/Grove/Hyde Streets). Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the F, 5, 21, 47, 49, 71, 71L, J, K, L, M, N, T (exit at Van Ness Station). MUNI bus lines also serving the area are the 6, 7, and 9 San Bruno. For more information about MUNI accessible services, call (415) 701-4485.

If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Citizens Advisory Committee after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority at 1455 Market St., 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, during normal office hours.