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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at 4 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call  
Chairman Daniel Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. 

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario, Greg Riessen, Daniel Weaver, Ruth Wheeler and Jamison Wieser

2. Public Comment:  None

3. Adopt Minutes of August 19, 2009: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of August 19: Adopted
Ayes – Ferrario, Riessen, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report.

5. Capital Projects Quarterly Report (Discussion/Action) Fariba Mahmoudi

Fariba Mahmoudi, deputy of the Project Management and Engineering Section, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that as of September 21, the Transportation Planning and Development Division will be reorganized into two separate divisions:  Capital Programs and Construction and Sustainable Streets.  The Capital Programs and Construction Division’s Quarterly Report will be revised to focus on projects that are currently in the Conceptual Engineering Report, in the design phase or are in construction.  Wrecked vehicle repairs and rehabilitation projects will be part of the Capital Programs and Construction Division, but some of the projects will remain with the Transit Division.  Separate reporting methods will be determined for Sustainable Streets projects. 

Steve Ferrario stated that the Quarterly Report should include project histories (more than six months).  Ms. Mahmoudi stated that while the report may not reflect the full history of each project, the pages provide as much data as possible, including approved budget, schedules, etc.  Mr. Ferrario stated that there should be two date lines referenced in the report: one indicating when the CAC or its committees were briefed on a project and the other showing when the SFMTA Board was briefed.  Ms. Mahmoudi will talk to Senior Director Carter Rohan about the suggestion. 

Mr. Ferrario stated that projects are coming out of nowhere, bypassing the CAC and going before the SFMTA Board.  CAC needs to be briefed on projects before they are presented to the Board.  Projects should be brought to the CAC early and frequently during development, as a formal check-off. 

Peter Gabancho, project manager, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the SFMTA Board approved advertising the Islais Creek project.  Due to costs, the project has been divided into two phases.  One phase will be for bus parking, a fuel and wash facility and shoreline improvements. The second phase will be for the operations and maintenance building.  Security will include fencing along the shoreline and along the access route with a closed-circuit television camera system and lighting throughout.  Clean construction efforts include minimizing dust, as well as utilizing tarp covers and additional inspectors when appropriate.  Staff is working on a mitigation plan with the Bay Conservation Development Commission and the Army Corp of Engineers to clean the shoreline and add landscaping.   An encroachment permit from Caltrans, allowing work under the 280 Freeway’s right-of-way, is pending.  Ms. Mahmoudi stated that Phase 1 has been funded with San Francisco County Transportation Authority and federal money.  The cost estimate for Phase 2 will be determined by available funding.  The project did not qualify for ARRA funding. 

6. Inner Sunset Traffic Calming Project and the Concourse Garage (Discussion/Action) Jerry Robbins and Dan Provence

Ruth Wheeler stated that traffic congestion along Lincoln Way, Ninth Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is the result of Golden Gate Park visitors searching for parking.  Signs should be placed at all of the intersectionsalong the park’s perimeter informing visitors of the UCSF parking facility.  Jerry Robbins, transportation planning manager, Sustainable Streets, stated that staff has been working with the Concourse Garage operator to improve signage.  Signs have been placed along Fell and Stanyan streets to direct visitors to the UCSF parking garage. Staff is considering installing an electronic sign on Fell Street near Divisadero Street to indicate when parking is limited. 

Dan Provence, project manager, Traffic Calming, Sustainable Streets, reviewed proposed traffic calming and bike lane projects for the Inner Sunset area. The SFMTA Board approved advertising the project. Construction is expected to begin by early 2010.

7. Geneva Historic Car Enclosure Update (Discussion/Action) Lisa Chow

Lisa Chow, project manager, Transportation Planning and Development, provided a project update. The SFMTA executed the contract with Shimmick Construction using the design-build method. As such, Shimmick hired a consultant who began the final design in November 2008 and then submitted the drawings to Department of Building Inspection for approval. Major construction of the car enclosure and associated elements is scheduled to begin in December 2009. The F line will continue to operate from the Geneva Yard during the ten-month construction period. 

8. Eureka Portals and the Subway Tunnel Connection (Discussion/Action) John Brandenberg

John Brandenberg, job order contracting coordinator/supervisor, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the Board of Supervisors Office and members of the community asked that a new fence be erected around the Eureka Portals.  Powers Engineering is the identified contractor for the fence.  Staff is seeking funding of $360,000.  Lisa Chow, project manager, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the 2004 study focused on strengthening the portals; the connector tunnel was not included in the report.  Steve Ferrario stated that the portals, constructed by Muni, were not part of the BART contract.  Those portals and the connection between the Metro Subway and the Twin Peaks Tunnel have deteriorated.  An earthquake could potentially cause serious damage and disrupt service to West Portal.  Fariba Mahmoudi, deputy of the Project Management and Engineering Section, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the tunnel is visually inspected every two years.  Beyond the study, there is no funding for ameliorating the damage.   

9. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests (Discussion) 

10. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items (Discussion/Action)

Next regular meeting:  October 14, 2009, at 3 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075

• Boarding island and shelter maintenance contract

• The subway tunnel connection at Market Street

• Daily Operations Report - format and accessibility

• Geary and Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit projects

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:58 p.m.

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

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