Plans and Programs Committee - September 17, 2013



Meeting Notice

Date: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Location: Room 263, City Hall

Commissioners: Commissioners Mar (Chair), Kim (Vice Chair), Breed, Campos, Yee and Avalos (Ex Officio)

Clerk: Erika Cheng


1. Roll Call

2. Approve the Minutes of the July 16, 2013 Meeting – ACTION* attachment

3. Citizens Advisory Committee Report – INFORMATION* attachment 01   attachment 02

Consent Calendar

4. Recommend Allocation of $19,345,040 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, and $83,000 in Prop AA Funds, with Conditions, for Eight Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules and Amendment of the Relevant 5-Year Prioritization Programs and Prop AA Strategic Plan – ACTION* attachment   enclosure

As summarized in Attachments 1 and 2, we have received seven Prop K requests totaling $19,345,040 and one Prop AA request totaling $83,000 to present to the Plans and Programs Committee. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has requested a total of $18,929,240 in Prop K funds for six projects, including: $15,996,040 to procure 50 40-foot hybrid electric vehicles to replace an equal number of diesel buses that have exceeded their useful lives; $1,745,000 to construct new traffic signals, flashing beacons and related improvements at nine intersections located throughout the city; $45,200 to construct pedestrian safety improvements in the vicinity of Jefferson Elementary School; $780,000 to convert Haight Street between Octavia Boulevard and Market Street into a two-way street, with associated transit, signal, pedestrian and bicycle improvements; $331,000 to upgrade existing automated bicycle counters at 22 locations and to design and install 50 new automated bicycle counters citywide; and $32,000 for the Citywide Bicycle Wayfinding Plan. The Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has requested $415,800 in Prop K funds to construct secure bicycle parking facilities at the Glen Park and Balboa Park BART stations, and wayfinding improvements at the 16th Street, 24th Street, and Balboa Park stations. Finally, the University of California, Hastings is requesting $83,000 in Prop AA funds to design pedestrian improvements on McAllister Street between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $19,345,040 in Prop K funds, with conditions, and $83,000 in Prop AA funds, with conditions, for eight requests, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules and amendment of the relevant 5-Year Prioritization Programs and Prop AA Strategic Plan.

5. Update on the Travel Demand Management Partners Project – INFORMATION* attachment

The Authority’s Travel Demand Management (TDM) Partnership Project is developing new policy approaches and partnerships between the public and private sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from solo vehicle trips. The project team completed important milestones in 2013. Participating employers and partner agencies developed several pilot programs to encourage alternatives to single-occupant vehicle travel, including a sustainable transportation marketing campaign in the Southwest; a medical institution ride-matching program; a program to coordinate private employer shuttles in the Showplace Square neighborhood, and a program to encourage employers to offer flexible transportation subsidies in lieu of free parking. A final pilot project involves developing a policy to allow private employer shuttles to use select Muni stops in exchange for a fee. Finally, the study team is developing a strategic plan for how San Francisco agencies can more effectively deliver the next generation of TDM strategies in the city. This is an information item.

End of Consent Calendar

6. Recommend Appointment of Two Members to the Citizens Advisory Committee – ACTION* attachment

The Authority has an eleven-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). CAC members serve two-year terms. Per the Authority’s Administrative Code, the Plans and Programs Committee recommends and the Authority Board appoints individuals to fill any CAC vacancies. Neither Authority staff nor the CAC make any recommendations on CAC appointments, but we maintain an up-to-date database of applications for CAC membership. A chart with information about current CAC members is attached, showing ethnicity, gender, neighborhood of residence, and affiliation. There are two vacancies on the CAC requiring committee action. These vacancies result from the resignation of Aaron Goldsmith due to relocation and the automatic membership termination of Marlena Cannon due to absences for four of any twelve regularly scheduled consecutive meetings, pursuant to CAC By-Laws. Ms. Cannon and Mr. Goldsmith are not seeking reappointment. We are seeking a recommendation to appoint two members to the CAC.

7. Recommend Appointment of Eight Members to Two-Year Terms on the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Citizens Advisory Committee – ACTION* attachment

The Authority has an eleven-member Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Citizens Advisory Committee (GCAC). In July 2013, the Board instituted two-year terms for project-specific CAC appointments. As a result, eight of the eleven current GCAC members’ terms have expired. The Board has the option of reappointing the current members or appointing new members to fill some or all of the seats; staff provides information on applicants but does not make recommendations on these appointments. In August 2013, the Authority issued a notice seeking applicants to the GCAC. Following outreach and notification, we received 22 eligible applications. In addition, six members with expired terms (Anthony Biancalana, Joanna Fong, Jonathan Goldberg, Jolsna John, James Misener, and Jette Swan) are seeking reappointment, and Thea Selby may also be seeking reappointment. One current member, Bruce Osterweil, is not seeking reappointment, leaving a vacancy for a Richmond neighborhood representative. A summary table with information about current and prospective CAC members is attached, showing neighborhood of residence, neighborhood of employment, affiliation, and other information provided by the applicants. We are seeking a recommendation to appoint eight members to two-year terms on the GCAC.

8. Recommend Appointment of Five Members to the Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit Community Advisory Committee – ACTION* attachment

The Authority Board approved a structure for the eleven-member Geneva-Harney Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Community Advisory Committee (GHCAC) in July 2013. The approved structure includes four members to be appointed by the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) and seven members appointed by the Authority. The Board will appoint the San Francisco seats. Staff provides information on applicants but does not make recommendations on these appointments. In August, we issued a notice seeking applicants for the GHCAC. Following outreach and notification, we received ten applications. Summary tables with information about prospective GHCAC members are attached, showing neighborhoods of residence, neighborhoods of employment, affiliations, and other information provided by the applicants. As a sufficient number of applications was not received from each neighborhood area represented on the committee, the application period has been re-opened with a view to filling the remaining open slots in October. We are seeking a recommendation to appoint five members to the GHCAC.

9. Presentation on Feasibility of Light Rail Seating Reconfiguration – INFORMATION presentation   SFMTA presentation

At the July 23 Authority Board meeting, Commissioner Breed requested a hearing at the September Plans and Programs Committee meeting to explore the potential for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to increase passenger capacity and address the issue of overcrowding in the near-term by reconfiguring the seats from forward/rear-facing to center-facing on the existing fleet of light rail vehicles (LRVs) as well as on the new replacement fleet of LRVs being currently procured by the SFMTA. John Haley, SFMTA’s Director of Transit, will make a presentation. This is an information item.

10. Major Capital Projects Update – Transbay Transit Center – INFORMATION* attachment  presentation

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide the Plans and Programs Committee (Committee) with a project delivery update on the Transbay Transit Center (TTC) Project, one of the signature projects of the Prop K Expenditure Plan. The TTC Project is being built in two Phases: Phase 1 is the TTC building, bus ramp, and related improvements, and Phase 2 is the downtown extension of commuter rail service from Fourth and Townsend Streets to the new Transbay Terminal (DTX). In the spring of 2013, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) conducted a full cost and schedule Risk Assessment Workshop for Phase 1. Subsequently, on July 11, 2013, the TJPA Board approved a revised budget of $1.899 billion for the phase, an increase of $310.4 million over the May 2010 baseline. The increase is mostly due to changed market conditions, modifications necessitated by an earlier terrorism-related Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, and resetting contingencies and program reserve at prudent levels. TJPA staff has identified $110.3 million in additional funding to fill a portion of that gap, and developed a strategy to fund the remaining $200.1 million including redirecting the bulk of land sales proceeds from parcels previously identified to fund the DTX. Phase 1 construction began in November 2008 and as of June 30, 2013 was 34% complete. Bus operations at the new TTC are scheduled to commence in October 2017. At the October 8 Committee meeting, the Committee will consider Prop K requests from TJPA for $4.2 million for potential costs for closeout of the two final right of way acquisitions for the Project (564 and 568 Howard Street) and $300,000 in Prop K funds for DTX to sustain the ongoing coordination between TJPA staff and stakeholders including city agencies, Caltrain, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Federal Transit Administration, and Federal Railroad Administration. We will continue to work with TJPA, the City, and other funding partners to support delivery of both phases of the project. We are seeking input and guidance from the Committee. This is an information item.

11. Introduction of New Items – INFORMATION

12. Public Comment

13. Adjournment

* attachment Additional materials


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