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Citizens’ Advisory Council (MTA CAC)

Engineering, Maintenance & Safety Committee (EMSC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call (Agenda Item 1). The regular meeting of the Engineering, Maintenance & Safety committee (EMSC) was called to order at 3:10 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2007. Daniel Weaver (Chair) presided. A quorum was present including the following:

EMSC Members Present at Roll Call: Daniel Weaver (Chair), Steve Ferrario, and Jamison Wieser.

EMSC Members Absent: Bruce Oka

MTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present: Emily Drennen, and Norman Rolfe

MTA Staff (San Francisco Municipal Railway [MUNI] and Department of Parking and Traffic [DPT]) present: Debra Reed (MTA CAC Secretary), Peter Albert (Deputy Director – Long Range Planning), Darton Ito (Manager – Long Range Planning), Kim Walton, and Wilson Johnson (MTA Planning – Central Subway).

Community Representatives Present: None.

2. Public Comment – Concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda:


3. Adopt Minutes for April 11, May 9, May 29, June 13, and July 11, 2007:

Minutes were adopted.

4. Report of the Chair: Daniel Weaver (EMSC Chair) - no report presented

5. BREDA Master Plan (Discussion/Action) Wilson Johnson

Mr. Ken McDonald was unable to attend. Mr. Johnson asked that the BREDA Master Plan be rescheduled for a future meeting.

6. Balboa and Glenn Park BART Stations Planning update (Discussion/Action)
Peter Albert

An EMSC discussion ensued with staff participants Peter Albert, Darton Ito, and Kim Walton

Both Balboa Park and Glenn Park Stations are both BART station projects with real capital project outcomes as a result of the Better Neighborhoods Plan. Congressman Lanthos and Supervisor Bevan Dufty were very instrumental in the Federal Government granting the MTA $3.5 million to implement pieces of the Better Neighborhoods Plan in partnership with BART, MTA, Transportation Authority, Caltrans, City College, Park and Recreation, and City Planning Department as being the caretaker of the entire vision. As an EIR, this Section 5309 Federal Government money could only be spent on transit with a 20% match by transit of local environmental money. Safe Routes to Transit Avocations, Art Regional Bike Ped were some of the other grant sources involved.

Glenn Park Station has a narrow congested intersection at Bosworth and Diamond, with pedestrians, cabs, cars, and buses. This plan features a possible bridge between the back of the BART station to the J Church stop, taxi-waiting stands, and improved inner mode around BART including a bus loop around the station thus avoiding the congested Diamond intersection.

Balboa Park Station is built next to a freeway area with pedestrians flowing in from Ingleside, San Miguel, and City College areas crossing the on/off ramps of the freeway. Real traffic, pedestrian, bicyclists, bus, light trail, and BART issues are all tied together to make Balboa Park one of the highest transit mode splits. Transportation and land use would be knitted together to offer more housing, make the transit hub work better, and resolve the awkwardness of how pedestrians navigate to BART and Muni. The plan calls for a deck over the freeways and a reconfiguration of the on/off ramps (a future project). Studies included looking at an overview of bus services coming into the BART area as well as their impacts on patrons throughout their perspective routes, how the street cars serve the station, and the present industrial uses of the 3 facility yards maintained by MTA for BREDA and historic cars.

Comments and Questions from the EMSC

Steve Ferrario commented that once property is gone, that would be final. Would the upper yard be developed for housing? The bus and street car fleets are increasing. Response: Post MTA merger, the Planning Department would first need to complete an inventory assessment of its many facilities between Muni and DPT along with their various long-term needs, short-term needs, facility locations, re-define facility functions between DPT and Muni needs, etc. The plan was done in 2002, and the response has been that the MTA could not yet promise an upper yard development sight.

Dan Weaver pointed out the Radulavich plan to re-define part of the Balboa reservoir as a relocation site for Muni’s Green facility. Response: Both Mr. Albert and Mr. Carl Rohan (MTA Director – Planning) had spoken with Mr. Radulavich about this plan, however the MTA did not yet have the Balboa reservoirs included in the scope.

Mr. Weaver recalled that Ms. Kim Walton had stated at a previous EMSC meeting that was going to select consultants and start the planning process for this Better Neighborhoods Plan engineering component in September. Mr. Weaver read from a report that the Transportation Authority would not be releasing funding for the plan. Response: The MTA has received funding from the Transportation Authority. The RFP for engineering was expected to be released during the fall of 2007. Kim Walton along with Darton Ito would be managing both projects.

7. Recommendation to Increase Emergency Crew Staffing and Provide Additional Training (Discussion/Action)

Between personal time off and vacancies there was only one emergency crew to service any Muni crises involving moving people, such as vehicles break downs, overhead wiring problems, computer problems in Metro, etc. This crew was also inadequately trained for the array of emergency possibilities.

The MTA CAC recommends that the MTA increase the number of emergency crews to provide 3 fully staffed crews available on-call at all times.

EMSC passed unanimously (Ayes – Weaver, Ferrario, and Wieser).

8. Recommendation to Prioritize Solar Powered NextBus for Bus and Street Car Islands (Discussion/Action)

Island shelters equipped with solar power for NextMuni should be a first priority for deployment.

The MTA CAC recommends that the first priority in design and deployment of the next generations of bus shelters should be for the bus and streetcar islands without NextMuni services and shall include that service by utilization of solar power.

EMSC passed unanimously (Ayes – Weaver, Ferrario, Oka, and Wieser).

9. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items:

Next regular meeting: Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:00 p.m.

¨ J Church Test

¨ 29 Test

¨ BREDA Master Plan – Kenneth McDonald

¨ Maintenance Training – Adrian Moy (Orientation and Training for the Emergency Crew Staff)

10. Adjournment: 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Debra J. Reed
MTA CAC - Secretary

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