Citizens Advisory Committee - September 28, 2011

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AGENDA

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Meeting Notice

Date:               6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 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

6:10      Consent Calendar

3.                  Approve the Minutes of the September 14, 2011 Special Meeting - ACTION* attachment

4.                  Update on Prop K 2009 Strategic Plan and 5-Year Prioritization Programs, Fiscal Years 2009/10 to 2011/12 Programmed Funds vs. Allocated to Date - INFORMATION* attachment

In response to Commissioner Wiener's request at the June 21 meeting of the Plans and Programs Committee for additional information on programmatic and other individual capital project allocations for the Fiscal Year 2011/12 annual Prop K call for projects, Authority staff are providing a summary of funds programmed in the 2009 Strategic Plan and 5-Year Prioritization Programs vs. allocated to date for Fiscal Years 2009/10 to 2011/12. This is an information item.

5.                  Adopt a Motion of Support to Authorize the Executive Director to Execute a Memorandum of Agreement with the City and County of San Francisco, through its Municipal Transportation Agency, Planning Department, and Department of the Environment, for a Three-Year Period, in an Amount Not to Exceed $434,746, for the San Francisco Integrated Travel Demand Management Public-Private Partnership Project, and to Authorize the Executive Director to Negotiate Terms and Conditions - ACTION* attachment

In October 2010, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission awarded a $750,000 Bay Area Climate Initiatives (BACI) grant to the Authority for the San Francisco Integrated Public-Private Travel Demand Management Partnership Project (Partnership Project). The Authority appropriated Prop K and Transportation Fund for Clean Air local match funds in June 2011 and approved the award of consultant contracts for the project in July.   The purpose of the Partnership Project is to create an innovative and mutually-reinforcing set of travel demand management (TDM) policies at the community-level, and to undertake pilot projects in order to measurably reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and criteria pollutants. As lead agency for the project, the Authority will coordinate and collaborate with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the San Francisco Department of the Environment (DOE), and the San Francisco Planning Department (City Agencies).  The Authority and City Agencies wish to execute a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in order establish the overall project management approach and grant administration protocols including invoicing and reimbursement procedures.  We are seeking a motion of support to authorize the Executive Director to execute a MOA with the City and County of San Francisco, through the SFMTA, Planning Department, and the DOE, for a three-year period, in an amount not to exceed $434,746, for the Partnership Project, and to authorize the Executive Director to negotiate terms and conditions.

End of Consent Calendar

6:15      6.         Adopt a Motion of Support for the Allocation of $135,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for Two Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION* attachment

We have received two Prop K allocation requests from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $135,000 for presentation to the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at its September 28, 2011 meeting. The SFMTA has requested $41,000 in Prop K funds to fund an addendum to the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan's Environmental Impact Report for the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Improvements project. The Masonic Avenue project was identified through the Masonic Avenue Street Redesign Study and would apply a "complete streets" approach to transforming Masonic Avenue between Geary Boulevard and Fell Street into a balanced, multimodal facility that is safe and efficient for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users alike. Scope elements include the elimination of on-street parking on Masonic Avenue within the project limits, the addition of a continuous landscaped median, raised cycletrack bike lanes, pedestrian refuges, eight bus bulb plazas, and improved lighting. The SFMTA anticipates that environmental review would begin January 2012 and be completed by June 2012. Given the proposed scope and magnitude of the $18.7 million design and construction cost estimate, Authority staff has suggested that the SFMTA consider clearing the project federally as it would be able to compete for federal grants. The SFMTA has also requested $94,000 in Prop K funds for the Cargo Way Cycletrack project. This project would install a two-way on-street cycletrack on the south side of Cargo Way from Illinois to Jennings Streets to improve safety and provide connectivity from existing bicycle lanes on Illinois Street to Heron Head's Park. The cycletrack would be separated from the adjacent vehicle lane by a raised concrete barrier and have its own exclusive signal phase at two signalized intersections. Prop K funds would leverage $185,000 in Congestion Management Agency Block Grant - Regional Bicycle Program grant funds programmed by the Authority in June 2010 and $195,000 in Port of San Francisco capital and other grant funds. Construction would begin in January 2012 and be completed by March 2012. These requests would be funded from the Prop K Bicycle Circulation and Safety category. On September 14, 2011, the CAC adopted a motion of support to amend the 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) for this category to include these projects. Authority Board approval of the 5YPP amendment is expected on September 27, 2011. We are seeking a motion of support for the allocation of $135,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to the SFMTA for two requests, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.

6:30     7.         Adopt a Motion of Support to Recommend to the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) Board and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors the designation of the Authority as the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency (TIMMA) to Implement the Treasure Island Transportation Program, to Authorize the Executive Director to Execute a Memorandum of Agreement between the Authority and TIDA, and to Authorize the Executive Director to Negotiate Initial Operating Contracts and Develop TIMMA Formation Documents with TIDA for Consideration by the Authority Board by March 31, 2012 - ACTION* attachment

Assembly Bill No. 981, the Treasure Island Transportation Management Act, authorizes the Board of Supervisors (BOS) of the City and County of San Francisco to designate a board or agency to act as the transportation management agency (TMA) for Treasure Island. Following the approval of the Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island Development Project (Project) in June 2011, the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) and Authority, together with Treasure Island Community Development, LLC (TICD), the private development partner for the Project, have explored the possibility of the Authority being designated as the TMA for Treasure Island. Based on an initial assessment by the group of substantial benefits of such a partnership, the Authority has worked jointly with TIDA to prepare a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) regarding the potential designation of the Authority as the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency (TIMMA), in fulfillment of the TMA role.  The MOA describes the intent of TIDA Board of Directors to recommend to BOS formal designation of the Authority as the TIMMA and of the Authority to accept the designation, and lays out the responsibilities of the parties for the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated transportation program to manage travel demand on the island as development occurs. We are seeking a motion of support for recommending to the TIDA Board and the BOS the designation of the Authority as the TIMMA to implement the Treasure Island Transportation Program, to authorize the Executive Director to execute a MOA between the Authority and TIDA, and to authorize the Executive Director to negotiate initial operating contracts and develop TIMMA Formation Documents with TIDA for consideration by the Authority Board by March 31, 2012.

6:45     8.         Adopt a Motion of Support to Accept $750,000 from the Civic Center Commons Associate LLC to Waive the Lease Extension Option and to Terminate the Workspace Lease at 100 Van Ness Avenue; to Execute a 13-Year Workspace Lease with Hudson 1455 Market, LLC for Offices Located at 1455 Market Street, with One Five-Year Extension Option, in an Annual Amount Not to Exceed $685,272, Plus Operating Expenses and Annual Rent Increases; and to Authorize the Executive Director to Negotiate the Terms and Conditions - ACTION* attachment

The Authority's offices have been at 100 Van Ness Avenue since October 1993. The Authority could stay in the building another five years by exercising a final option on the current lease. That option would start in August 2012. However, the new owner of the building has residential development plans for 100 Van Ness Avenue and has offered the Authority a very sizeable lease termination incentive to vacate the building. If the Authority does not accept the lease termination incentive and vacate the building, the property managers will exercise their right to relocate the Authority to another floor in the building. In that case, the Authority would be responsible for an estimated $824,000 in tenant improvement costs, and there would be no option to renew the lease further, making it hard to reasonably amortize such a large investment in a leased space over only five years. This situation, coupled with a deterioration of conditions in the otherwise vacant building, the prospect of ongoing construction noise and other impacts, and the likelihood of significantly higher rents in the area five years from now, based on current trends, prompted us to proactively look at options for relocating our offices. After examining four comparable properties in the Civic Center area, we determined that the property at 1455 Market Street is the only available building to meet all four criteria.  The owners of that building have made an offer of $1.7 million that would result in zero costs for tenant improvements and nine months of free rent. This, combined with our current landlord's financial incentive, fully covers the cost of our move. There are additional ongoing costs resulting from the larger size of the space, but there is also flexibility to lease out any surplus space and to absorb reasonable growth in operating space needs over the life of the lease. We are seeking a motion of support for acceptance of $750,000 from Civic Center Commons Associates LLC to waive the lease extension option and to terminate the workspace lease at 100 Van Ness Avenue; for executing a 13-year workspace lease with Hudson 1455 Market, LLC for offices located at 1455 Market Street, with one five-year extension option, in an annual amount not to exceed $685,272, plus operating expenses and annual rent increases; and for authorizing the Executive Director to negotiate the specific terms and conditions.

7:00     9.         Update on the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy - INFORMATION* attachment

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have entered the second major phase of the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) effort by releasing Alternative Scenarios that represent: 1) different ways growth in households and jobs through 2040 could be distributed in the Bay Area, and 2) different transportation networks and programs to support growth plans. Concurrently, MTC/ABAG have released a proposal to alter the framework for how federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds  would be distributed to better align with RTP/SCS goals of accommodating the region's entire housing need. The intent of the proposed One Bay Area Grant program, which would be administered by the congestion management agencies (e.g. the Authority), is to link transportation funding to local housing and smart growth policies as a way to incentivize regionally-supportive decisions at the local level. While the new framework would not change the amount of funding San Francisco would receive, it would represent a significant policy change in the region because: 1) its distribution formula would consider countywide housing production and housing plans; 2) it would require jurisdictions to have supportive policies in place to be eligible for funding; and 3) it would require that 70% of funding within a county be spent in Priority Development Areas. We are working to develop a unified San Francisco position on these items to convey to MTC/ABAG later this fall. We will continue to seek input from the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) as we develop financially constrained San Francisco transportation investment RTP/SCS priorities this winter. By April 2012, MTC/ABAG will select a Preferred Alternative with a finalized land use element that informs the Regional Housing Needs Allocation and a financially-constrained transportation investment plan that commits $68 billion in discretionary revenue to specific Bay Area transportation projects and programs. We are seeking input and guidance from the CAC.  This is an information item.

7:30     10.        Update on the Central Subway Project - INFORMATION* attachment

                                The Central Subway project is at the critical juncture between planning/engineering and construction, with the Final Design phase progressing simultaneously with the Early Construction phase.  On September 19, 2011, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) its request for the project's Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), a major milestone in the New Starts process.  Approval of the FFGA, expected in January 2012, is the FTA's official commitment of the remaining $849 million in federal New Starts funds to the project and is a necessary milestone that allows the project to move into the major construction phase.  In parallel with Final Design and consistent with FTA guidelines, work is under way on an Early Construction Phase that includes three construction contracts. Utility Relocation 1, in the area of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station and at the tunnel portal is now complete; Utility Relocation 2, in the area of the Union Square station, is 45% complete, with substantial completion expected in May 2012. The tunnels contract, which is the first major construction contract for the project, was awarded in June 2011, to the Joint Venture of Barnard/Impregilo/Haley in the amount of $233.9 million, $13 million below the engineer's estimate.  On July 19, 2011, the Authority Board approved Resolution 12-07 allocating $57.2 million in Prop K funds to leverage $14.2 million federal funds for the tunnel boring machines and launch box portions of the larger tunnel contract.  Notice to Proceed is expected for the boring machines in late September 2011. The ongoing State financial crisis and prolonged economic downturn continues to bring uncertainty as to the timing of availability of over $368 million in state bond funds for the project.  Authority and SFMTA staff are working together on a regional, state, and federal advocacy strategy to prioritize the project for future bond sales and New Starts funds.  We are also working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and other funding partners to determine the timing and mechanism through which bridge funding for the state and federal funds could be provided. Given how close the project is to receiving the FFGA, a very small but extremely vocal group of project opponents have intensified their criticism of the project. At the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, SFMTA and Authority staff will address the recent criticisms of the project, which remains the highest-rated pre-FFGA project in the country. Cost and user benefit are two of the most important metrics in the rating system. Revenue service is expected to commence on December 26, 2018. This is an information item.

7:55     11.        Public Comment

8:00     12.        Adjournment

 

* Materials Attached

Next Regular Meeting: October 26, 2011

 

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