SFMTA Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) > June 5, 2008, Minutes
City and County of San Francisco
Regular Meeting Minutes
Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 5:30 p.m.
1. Call to Order / Roll Call
SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call: Mary Burns, Art Cimento, Joan Downey Steve Ferrario, Griffith Humphrey, Daniel Murphy, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe, Dorris Vincent, Dan Weaver and Ruth Wheeler.
SFMTA CAC member present, but absent at Roll Call: Emily Drennen arrived at 5:50 p.m.
SFMTA CAC absent: Cesar Perez and Jamison Wieser.
2. Adopt minutes of April 3rd and April 28th , 2008:
On motion to adopt minutes: Adopted: Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Riessen, Rolfe, Vincent, Weaver and Wheeler. (Drennen, Perez and Wieser – Absent)
3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: none
4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy
Chairman Murphy said that due to the limited number of APTA badges allocated to the SFMTA, only a few badges were available to CAC, PCC and MAAC members.
5. Staff Report (Discussion/Action) Caroline Celaya
Emily Drennen arrived at 5:50 p.m.
6. Revenue Panel Options (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose
Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer, gave an overview of revenue options under consideration by the panel.
Chairman Murphy referred the revenue options to the CAC Finance and Administration Committee for in-depth discussions and recommendations.
7. Taxicab Commission Presentation (Discussion/Action) Jordanna Thigpen
Jordanna Thigpen, Acting Executive Director of the Taxi Commission, gave an overview of the taxicab industry. Ms. Thigpen stated that due to the City Charter, a Taxi seat can not be added to the SFMTA CAC. The SFMTA is considering forming a Taxi Advisory group that would also include members from the CAC as well as from the taxi industry. Chairman Murphy said that while there is a role for more specialized advisory groups that bring a level of needed expertise and focus, the SFMTA CAC has a duty to advise on all issues including taxicab policies. There will be a learning curve for the SFMTA CAC.
Steve Ferrario departed at 7:45 p.m.
8. Committee Reports:
Reports were presented on Items #9 and #10.
9. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
WHEREAS The removal of graffiti and trash should be high priority as the SFMTA seeks to attract passengers to Muni and improve the customer experience; and
WHEREAS Staff indicated that vehicle cleaning assistance from General Assistance Program workers and the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program was affective in improving vehicle cleanliness,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA investigate reinstating vehicle cleaning assistance from General Assistance Program workers and the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program.
On motion to reinstate vehicle cleaning assistance: Adopted: Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey, Drennen, Humphrey, Murphy, Riessen, Rolfe, Vincent, Weaver and Wheeler. (Ferrario, Perez and Wieser - Absent)
10. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
WHEREAS Geneva Avenue was ranked as the City’s fifth most important corridor in the five-year transit corridor prioritization project in 2005; and
WHEREAS, The $150,000 grant that the SFMTA is preparing to examine the transportation options along Geneva Avenue is not currently scoped to examine the possibility of installing light rails; and
WHEREAS, A light-rail line along Geneva Avenue would replace a historical line that ran along this corridor; and
WHEREAS, This connecting would increase efficiencies of the Metro system by connecting the T-line and the Muni Metro East facility to Balboa Park along with the J K and M lines which serve it as well as the Green Rail Yard,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA to focus on planning for light rail in addition to short term improvements along the corridor.
On motion for light rail along the Geneva Corridor: Adopted: Ayes – Burns, Cimento, Downey, Drennen, Humphrey, Murphy, Riessen, Rolfe, Vincent, Weaver and Wheeler. (Ferrario, Perez and Wieser - Absent)
11. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests: (Discussion)
Dorris Vincent stated that the K/T vehicles should be two-car trains during peak hours. Mary Burns added that M-line vehicles should also be two-car trains during peak hours. Steve Ferrario stated that the Daily Operations report indicated that there might not be enough cars available. Chairman Murphy assigned the two-car discussion for the M and T/K lines to the CAC Operations and Customer Service Committee.
Joan Downey commented that the Daily Operations Report should include the total number of buses available for each line. There will be a Daily Operations Report presentation at the Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC) on the June 11, 2008.
Mary Burns expressed concern regarding safety for transit vehicles with advertizing wraps. Chairman Dan Murphy referred the item to the EMSC.
Norm Rolfe commented that a “No Turn on Red Light” sign should be placed at O’Farrell and Grant Streets.
Dan Weaver noted the on-time performance results of the T-Third line in the staff report and asked for the performance numbers of other routes for comparison.
12. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:
Next regular meeting: July 3, 2008 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m.
13. Adjournment: 8:17 p.m.
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