Plans and Programs Committee - September 22, 2009

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Rescheduled Meeting Notice

Date:                       9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Location:                 Room 263, City Hall
Commissioners:       Chu (Chair), Campos (Vice Chair), Chiu, Elsbernd, Maxwell and Dufty (Ex Officio) 
Clerk:                       Erika Cheng


1.                   Roll Call

2.                  Approval of Minutes of the July 21, 2009 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

3.                  Citizens Advisory Committee Report - INFORMATION* attachment

4.                  Recommend Appointment of One Member 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 is one vacancy on the CAC requiring Committee action.  The vacancy resulted from the term expiration of Cecilia Lim.  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint one member to the CAC.

5.                  Recommend Approval of the Final Report of the On-Street Parking Management and Pricing Study - ACTION* attachment   enclosure

The Plans and Programs Committee considered the On-Street Parking Management and Pricing Study (Study) at its July 21 meeting, and, at Commissioner Chiu's request, the Committee moved to continue the item to the next meeting to allow for further consultation with interested stakeholders regarding the Study's findings and recommendations. The 2004 Countywide Transportation Plan identified the pressing need for improved management of on-street parking at the neighborhood level.  The Authority undertook the Study to explore the potential for utilizing innovative approaches, including variable pricing of on-street parking, to improve the management of parking in San Francisco's neighborhoods and to support policy goals.  Since the 1970s, the City has successfully pursued strategies to minimize the parking impacts associated with employment growth in the downtown core, primarily through limitations on the provision of parking supply and significant investment in transit infrastructure.  Future growth will differ significantly in pace and character from historic San Francisco development trends; substantial residential growth in the city, in conjunction with rising incomes and reduced off-street parking requirements in many areas, can be expected to increase the demand for on-street parking.  San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods confront different on-street parking challenges, but availability and utilization are consistent issues.  The City's on-street parking management toolkit has historically relied upon conventional strategies, including metering along local commercial corridors and nominally-priced residential permits.  Underpriced on-street parking theoretically represents a significant source of underutilized space and untapped revenue that could be dedicated to transit-first uses; however, attempts to close this pricing gap must be planned and executed carefully to increase benefits to communities and the city, as well as understanding of the program.  Neighborhoods should be given the opportunity to proactively manage on-street parking, potentially through a parking benefit district  approach, which would allow neighborhoods to raise meter and/or permit rates at the neighborhood level and realize tangible local transportation improvements using a portion of new revenues.  This will help generate public support for parking management, while also increasing the overall pool of funds from which transit stands to benefit.  Following the Authority's successful application for federal Urban Partnership Program  grant funds, the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has developed the SFpark program to demonstrate variable parking pricing.  The SFpark pilots will test and evaluate management approaches generally consistent with those explored in the Study.  The pilots are exciting opportunities to test innovative strategies and technologies, and to introduce pricing as a tool for transportation system management and investment.  The implementation of demand-responsive parking pricing heightens the need for coordinated parking management at the neighborhood level.  There are further opportunities to advance comprehensive yet flexible approaches to neighborhood-level parking management, in order to support policy goals, increase community involvement, and return benefits to areas that are willing to proactively address on-street parking challenges.    We are seeking a recommendation for approval of the Final Report of the On-Street Parking Management and Pricing Study.

6.                  Recommend Approval of the 2009 Prop K 5-Year Prioritization Programs for Caltrain Capital Improvement Program; Ferry; Facilities; Guideways; New Signals and Signs; Signals and Signs Maintenance and Renovation; Street Resurfacing, Rehabilitation and Maintenance; Pedestrian Circulation and Safety; Curb Ramps; Tree Planting and Maintenance; and Transportation/Land Use Coordination - ACTION* attachment   enclosure 01  

enclosure 02: EP 07 / EP 09EP 20 / EP 22EP 31EP 33EP 34-35 / EP 40 / EP 41 / EP 42 / EP 44

The voter-approved Prop K Expenditure Plan requires that each programmatic category (i.e., not project specific) develop a 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) as a prerequisite for receiving Prop K allocations. This requirement applies to 21 programs such as new signals and signs, street resurfacing, and pedestrian circulation and safety.  The intended outcome of the 5YPPs is the establishment of a steady stream of grant-ready projects that can be advanced as soon as funds (including Prop K, federal, state, and other) are available. While the Strategic Plan provides the long-term road map for managing Prop K revenue, the 5YPPs ensure that the Authority Board, the Citizens Advisory Committee , project sponsors and the public have a clear understanding of how projects are prioritized for funding within each particular programmatic category as well as the five-year program of projects anticipated to be delivered. The provisionally adopted 2009 Prop K Strategic Plan, approved in July 2009, informed the preparation of each 5YPP, particularly the allowable annual funding levels and associated financing costs for those categories where sponsors wish to advance Prop K funds to accelerate project delivery. In addition to outreach efforts undertaken by project sponsors, the Authority hosted four public open houses in July and August 2009.  We are recommending approval of eleven 5YPPs at this time, all of which are consistent with the 2009 Strategic Plan.  We anticipate that most, if not all, of the remaining 5YPPs will be presented to the Plans and Programs Committee for approval by November 2009.  We are seeking a recommendation to approve the 2009 Prop K 5YPPs for Caltrain Capital Improvement Program; Ferry; Facilities; Guideways; New Signals and Signs; Signals and Signs Maintenance and Renovation; Street Resurfacing, Rehabilitation and Maintenance; Pedestrian Circulation and Safety; Curb Ramps; Tree Planting and Maintenance; and Transportation/Land Use Coordination.

7.                  Recommend Allocation of Up to $108,589,056 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, for Fourteen Annual Requests, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules - ACTION* attachment

The Authority's annual call for Prop K projects allows project sponsors to incorporate the level of Prop K funding in their annual budget processes, and to put into place the staff and other resources necessary to deliver Prop K projects and programs.  The fourteen applications have a combined total request of $108,589,056 in Prop K funds and include a street resurfacing project, street repair and cleaning equipment, curb ramps, tree maintenance, pedestrian circulation and safety projects, design of new traffic signals, three transit facilities projects, three transit guideways projects and capital grants staffing at the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA).  Subject to funding availability, project sponsors that can demonstrate need and project readiness can also receive allocations for individual projects and programs during the year, after the annual call for applications. We are recommending an allocation up to the amount requested by MTA for the Islais Creek Motor Coach Maintenance Facility Phase 1 and Radio Communications and Computer Aided Dispatch Replacement projects due to their size, complexity, amount of Prop K funds involved (e.g. about 90% of the total recommended allocation) and significant financing costs associated with acceleration of Prop K funds. We would determine the final allocation amounts with the MTA immediately following contract award.  Attachment 3 summarizes the recommended allocations, all of which are contingent upon Authority Board approval of the relevant 2009 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) updates.  The 5YPPs are the subject of another agenda item for the September 22, 2009 meeting of the Plans and Programs Committee.  We are seeking a recommendation to allocate up to $108,589,056 in Prop K funds, with conditions, for fourteen annual requests, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedules.

8.                  Recommend Amendment of the Authority's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Local Streets and Roads System Preservation Funds Project List to Reprogram a Total of $3,036,922 in Cost Savings to Three Department of Public Works Projects - ACTION* attachment

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  Among its other provisions, the ARRA specifies $48 billion for the Federal Department of Transportation and sub-allocates a portion of the transportation funds to be programmed directly by regional transportation planning agencies such as the Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).  To date, MTC has programmed a total of $660.9 million in ARRA funds to Bay Area transportation projects, a portion of which was made available to county Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) to program to local streets and roads system preservation projects.  As the CMA for San Francisco, the Authority programmed a total of $13.54 million in ARRA funds through Resolutions 09-46 (February 2009) and 09-67 (May 2009) to seven Department of Public Works (DPW) projects.  Due to the current favorable construction bid climate, the DPW realized 22% to 33% in cost savings compared to the original engineer's estimate upon awarding the first five ARRA contracts, resulting in over $3 million in ARRA savings now available to reprogram to other eligible local streets and roads projects.  In August, the Authority solicited project proposals for the ARRA cost savings and received 11 proposals totaling $11.14 million.  Consistent with MTC's guidance on how to program ARRA cost savings, and based upon our review of the submitted projects for eligibility and ability to meet the strict November 30, 2009 fund obligation deadline, we recommend programming the ARRA cost savings to the DPW's Bush Street Pavement Renovation project, which is currently funded by a combination of ARRA and local funds, and two new DPW projects: Williams Avenue Pavement Renovation and Curb Ramp Construction - Phase 2 (See Attachment 3).  As a condition of approval of the Bush project, the DPW has agreed to apply the local funds freed up from the Bush project to another street resurfacing project.  We are seeking a recommendation to amend the Authority's ARRA local streets and roads system preservation project list to reprogram a total of $3,036,922 in cost savings to three DPW projects.

9.                  Recommend Support for San Francisco's Request for $50 Million in Federal Discretionary American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Funds for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project - ACTION* attachment

On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), an economic recovery package worth more than $789 billion, including federal, state, and local funds for transportation.  At its February 24, 2009 meeting, the Authority Board approved Resolution 09-46 which authorized staff to seek $100 million in discretionary state and federal ARRA funds for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project.  On April 1, 2009, the California Transportation Commission allocated $50 million, or half of the Authority's adopted target, in discretionary state ARRA funds to the project.  In May 2009, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a notice of funding availability and a solicitation of applications for $1.5 billion in competitive discretionary grant funds through the ARRA Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program for transportation projects that can demonstrate long-term outcomes and relevance at the regional or national levels. In early July 2009, the Authority submitted an application to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for $50 million in TIGER funds for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project, and later in that month, MTC approved a resolution of support for $50 million in TIGER funds for the project. This recommendation was forwarded to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for consideration, and Caltrans' preliminary list of TIGER priorities it released on August 20, 2009 also included $50 million for the project.  TIGER applications were due to the USDOT by September 15, 2009, and the subject resolution would be submitted in support of the Authority's application.  We are seeking a recommendation of support for San Francisco's request for $50 million in ARRA TIGER funds for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project.

10.               Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

11.                Public Comment

12.               Adjournment



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