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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council

Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3074
San Francisco, California


1. Call to Order:
Vice Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 5:34 p.m. 

2. Roll Call:

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Mark Ballew, Joan Downey,           Steve Ferrario, Katie Haverkamp, Marc Salomon, Dorris Vincent, Dan Weaver, and Roland Wong

SFMTA CAC members absent at Roll Call: None

SFMTA CAC members absent:  Art Cimento, Daniel Murphy, and Susan Vaughan

3. Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting.

The CAC Secretary made the announcement.

4. Approval of Minutes: 

Public Comment:



On motion to approve the minutes of March 29, 2012: Approved

Ayes –Ballew, Downey, Ferrario, Haverkamp, Salomon, Vincent, Weaver, and Wong

            Nayes – None

            Absent – Cimento, Murphy, and Vaughan

5. Report of the Chair (For discussion only):


Public Comment:


6. Public Comment: 


7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the SFMTA Strategic Plan. (Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation)

Ed Reiskin discussed the Preliminary Unconstrained List of Actions FY 2012/13 – FY 2013/14 strategic goals that will be a part of staff’s plan and to hold accountable.  Mr. Reiskin stated this is a draft and would like feedback from the Council.

Council member Ballew identified crime on Muni as an issue.  Mr. Reiskin responded that crime on Muni in every category is down except larceny.

Council member Ferrario inquired about preventing transfer fraud and fare theft.  Mr. Reiskin stated that logistics and times of days that fare inspectors are deployed have been changed to make them more visible on transit.

Council member Vincent inquired about the breakdown and age of vehicles.  Mr. Reiskin responded that the SFMTA is purchasing vehicles through a consortium with the State of Minnesota.

Public Comment:


8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the Van Ness BRT. (Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation and Paul Bignardi, Transportation Planner, Sustainable Streets)

Ed Reiskin discussed the design proposals for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan.  The Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Van Ness BRT looked at four alternatives: 1) no build, 2) side lane BRT, 3) center lanes/side platform BRT, and 4) center lanes/center platform BRT.  Mr. Reiskin stated that transportation performance would be increased by 30%.  The Van Ness BRT plan is among the top rated small projects in the country.

Public Comment:

Carl Natvig expressed support.  He stated that his first choice would be to remove the median, run buses down the middle of the street, and widen the sidewalk.  Five blocks of spacing between bus stops is too far.  He also commented on far side island stops.

9. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding commercial tour buses and shuttles. (Jerry Robbins, Transportation Planning Manager, Sustainable Streets)

Jerry Robbins gave an overview of restrictions for tour and double decker buses.  On the SFMTA website, there is a link that shows where trucks and buses are prohibited.  Mr. Robbins also discussed the (Muni Partners) program.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason believes that the shuttle program is a regional problem.  Mr. Mason commented on the housing and job growth.

10. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the SFMTA’s outreach policy. (Murray Bond, Deputy Director, Administration, Safety & Training)

Murray Bond discussed the draft Outreach Policy.  The policy addresses public outreach for the SFMTA’s programs, including service, capital, parking and traffic projects.  Staff has requested inclusion on community and neighborhood agendas in neighborhood affected by SFMTA projects.

Public Comment:


      Katie Haverkamp left at 7:46 p.m.      

11. Committee Members’ request for information. (For discussion only)

  • Katie Haverkamp downloaded the Muni+ app and requested the app developer discuss the app at the next meeting.
  • Joan Downey stated that the voice announcement on the 37 Corbett bus be corrected.  The DVAS should announce the stairs at Twin Peaks rather than 70 Crestline; the Nextbus sign should show the same.  The head sign had shown “Twin Peaks” but, has returned to Parkridge and Burnett.  However, passengers who do not know the stop name may rely on the announcement.
  • Mark Ballew would like to know the policy on operator’s breaks.  He stated he was on a 38 Geary and the driver took a break with passengers on the bus.
  • Marc Salomon would like the budget information for the Muni+ app and would like staff to discuss it at an EMSC meeting.  He stated the app showed a Mission Bay Express bus arriving in eight minutes and did not know there was a Mission Bay Express bus.

Public Comment:


12. Schedule upcoming calendar items.  (For discussion only)
Next regular meeting:  Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 3074

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ADJOURN:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA CAC – Secretary



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