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1. Call to Order

Chairman McCray called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m.

2. Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Michael Kasolas
  • James McCray, Jr.
  • Peter Mezey
  • Tom Nolan
  • Leah Shahum

Absent: Wil Din – with notification

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

Chairman McCray announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting. He advised that any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices might be removed from the meeting. He also advised that cell phones that are set on “vibrate” cause microphone interference and requested that they be placed in the “off” position.

4. Approval of Minutes

Vice Chairman Kasolas requested that the minutes reflect the discussion regarding the Parking Authority; the Ad Hoc Performance Evaluation Committee’s action to release an RFP for an independent consultant, the cost and when the Parking Authority Commission would see the report.

On motion to approve the minutes, as amended, of the November 21, 2006 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved (Din-absent)

5. Communications

Board Secretary Boomer stated that Item 12 regarding traffic calming plans had been removed from the agenda at the request of staff.

Director Shahum stated that the Governance Committee met to discuss the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is on track for approval in February 2007.

6. Introduction of New or Unfinished Business by Board Members

Director Nolan inquired about the “cookie scent” ad and stated that he understands that the ads had been removed. Exec. Director Ford stated that the MTA sent a letter to CBS asking that they remove scented strips because the MTA didn’t have an opportunity to look at the pilot proposal before the ads were installed. CBS responded that they would remove the ads. Mr. Ford added that the MTA does have a policy regarding advertising which the board will review in tandem with the release of the Advertising Contract RFP.

7. Executive Director’s Report (For discussion only)

  • Special Recognition Award
  • Status report on 1-CA pilot project
  • Report on NextMuni
  • Report on Contracts and Contracting
  • FY07 Revenue Opportunities
  • Ongoing Activities

Executive Director Ford presented the December Special Recognition Awards to Dianne Fong-Torres, DPT Hearing Officer; David McLaughlin, Traffic Survey Technician at the DPT Sign Division; Patrick Ngoon, Operator from the Presidio Division; and John Louie, Electrical System Mechanic at the Presidio Division. Chairman McCray expressed appreciation on behalf of the Board.

On December 4, 2006, the MTA hosted a visit from a high level delegation from the People’s Republic of China. The delegation looked at transit, administration and police enforcement activities and expressed interest in emergency management.

In response to the recent assaults on Parking Control Officers, the MTA is launching a public awareness campaign. Staff is also investigating legislation that would make it a felony to assault a PCO. Staff is providing additional self-awareness and defensive skills training; examining the feasibility of PCO’s carrying pepper spray and installing cameras in enforcement vehicles.

Exec. Director Ford announced the delivery of the first of 44 Interceptor vehicles for use by Parking Control Officers. Full delivery is expected by the end of January.

Exec. Director Ford stated that the MTA was exploring revenue generating opportunities for next year. They have received numerous suggestions and staff is working with advocacy groups to analyze each one. Staff will provide a list of the various revenue opportunities in January.

Gregg Wilcox, Deputy Director, Transportation Development presented the NextMuni program.

Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer, presented the Contracts Procurement process.

Vice Chairman Kasolas requested that a report be provided on a quarterly basis.

8. Citizen’s Advisory Council Report

Daniel Murphy, Chairman, CAC, stated that the CAC had no new recommendations. The CAC hopes that monies from Props A-C will be used to fund items that the CAC had previously recommended for STA funds. The MTA needs to better inform public about the availability of the NextMuni web interface.

9. Public Comment

Roger Bazeley stated that security improvements are needed for the Ellis/Market cable car loading area. It needs some bollards or other structures for security purposes. The MTA should request funds from Homeland Security for staffing, training, institutionalization of plans, and design strategies for protecting riders and employees.

Barry Taranto stated that he was upset that a PCO was assaulted. People need to know how to protest a ticket. The Taxi Commission and Macy’s put in a cab stand on Geary for shoppers but there is a problem with enforcement. There needs to be more support between 5-8 p.m. at Kearny and Taylor and at Sutter and Market. The evening hours also need better coverage.



10. All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board or Parking Authority Commission, and will be acted upon by a single vote. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Board or the public so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item.

(10.1) Requesting the Controller to allot funds and to draw warrants against such funds available or will be available in payment of the following claims against the MTA:

A. Darnice Linton v. CCSF, Superior Ct. #437570 filed on 1/6/05 for $7,500

B. Roberto Gonzalez v. CCSF, Superior Ct. #455821 filed on 9/5/06 for $11,486.67

C. Edward & Carol Dobie v. CCSF, Superior Ct. #427922 filed on 1/9/04 for $13,000


(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:


B. ESTABLISH - PARKING METER AREA 3 (2 HOUR TIME LIMIT, 9 AM TO 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY) - Stanyan Street, east side, from Haight Street to 90 feet southerly.

C. ESTABLISH - TOW-AWAY, NO STOPPING ANYTIME - Stevenson Street, south side, from 5th Street to 100 feet westerly.

D. ESTABLISH - STREET CLOSURE - Jessie Street, between 5th and Mint Streets.

E. RESCIND - TOUR BUS PARKING - Mint Street, east side, between Mission and Jessie Streets.

F. RESCIND - MUNI BUS TERMINAL (26 -VALENCIA) - Jessie Street, south side, west of 5th Street.

G. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS TERMINAL (26 -VALENCIA) - 5th Street, west side, between Jessie and Mission Streets.

H. ESTABLISH - TOW-AWAY, NO STOPPING ANYTIME - Marin Street, north side, from Kansas Street to 50 feet westerly.

I. ESTABLISH - MUNI BUS ZONE - Fulton Street, north side, from 18th Avenue to 75 feet westerly.

J. EXTENSION - PARKING METER AREA NO. 3 (9 AM - 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) - 19th Street, north side, from 80 feet to 110 feet west of Castro.

K. ESTABLISH - METERED MOTORCYCLE PARKING - 19th Street, north side, between the driveways of #4106 and #4108 19th Street. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution) (Bond Yee)


10.2 A was severed from the agenda at the request of a member of the public.

Bond Yee, Director, DPT presented the staff report. The item was requested by SOMA residents who state that traffic uses Ritch Street when 3rd Street is congested. The residents requested that Ritch St. be switched from a northbound one-way street to a southbound one-way street.


Barry Taranto stated Ritch St. will become a short cut to the Train Station. Eastbound traffic on Brannan is bad and installing a left turn signal would help. It’s horrible to allow left turns onto Townsend during rush hour. It will hurt bus lanes and will back up traffic.

On motion to approve Item 10.2A:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum


(10.3) Authorizing the Executive Director to accept and expend $25,000,000 in STA funds from the MTC for construction and construction support of Muni’s Initial Operating Segment and Metro East facility. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution) (Sonali Bose)


(10.4) Authorizing the Executive Director to accept and expend $2,500,000 for the Third Street Light Rail Line - IOS (Phase 1) project and $184,730 for owl bus service on the BART District corridor in RM-2 operating funds. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, proposals, opinion of legal counsel and resolution) (Sonali Bose)


(10.5) Approving the Agreement with Schlage Lock Company to place a temporary restroom facility on the sidewalk adjacent to Schlage’s property located at 2555 Bayshore Blvd. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, agreement and resolution) (Sonali Bose)


(10.6) Authorizing the Executive Director to execute Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. CS-141, As-Needed Specialized Engineering Services with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. by an amount not to exceed $500,000, for a total Contract amount not to exceed $1,500,000 and no extension of time. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, amendment and resolution) (Carter Rohan)


(10.7) Authorizing the Executive Director to execute the First Amendment to the Elevator Maintenance Agreement with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company to add four elevators at Forest Hill Station and two elevators at the William B. Scott Non-Revenue Maintenance Facility; and authorizing a contract modification in the amount of $128,765 to increase the contract amount $248,765. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, modification and financial plan.) (Ken McDonald)


(10.8) Authorizing the Executive Director to execute the First Amendment to Roof Equipment License Agreement with 555 Owners, LLC for the use of space in the mechanical penthouse and on the roof of the penthouse at 555 California Street for rooftop radio equipment, to extend the Agreement for five years effective November 1, 2006, for a monthly fee of $5,907, increasing at five percent per year. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, agreement and resolution) (Sonali Bose)


(10.9) Accepting the work performed under Contract No. MR-1139, Traffic Signal Priority; approving Contract Modification No. 3, which reduces the contract amount by $25,808.68; authorizing the release of remaining retention in the amount of $64,278.57; and approving the closeout of the contract with Abbett Electric. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution, modification and financial plan.) (Carter Rohan)


(10.10) Authorizing the Executive Director to issue a Request for Proposals for a Citation Processing Services and Citations Management System; select the highest ranking proposer; and negotiate a contract for five years, with an option to renew for up to an additional five years. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and RFP) (Sonali Bose)


In response to a request by Director Mezey Sonali Bose, Chief Financial Officer reviewed the RFP and the selection process. Exec. Director Ford stated that staff would provide a list of the major RFP’s for 2007 to the Board.


Roger Bazeley stated that it’s a problem if you remove parking. There should be a parking plan for San Francisco and parking areas should be marketed. It’s hard on hospital patients trying to get critical care if there’s inadequate parking.

On motion to approve Item 10.10:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum


On motion to approve the Consent Calendar (10.2A and 10.10 severed):

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey, Nolan and Shahum



11. Accepting and endorsing the draft Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study; recommending that the Transportation Authority approve the Van Ness BRT Feasibility Study; and authorizing the TA and the MTA to proceed with environmental review. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and study) (Carter Rohan)

Peter Albert, acting Deputy Director, Transportation Planning and Rachel Hiatt, Transportation Planner, Transportation Authority, presented the staff report.


Bob Planthold stated that a “No Build alternative” didn’t have to mean that nothing would be done. Mr. Planthold suggested applying the successes of the 1-CA pilot project to the Van Ness corridor. Federal funding favors capital over operating funds which may result in less effective service.

Roger Bazeley stated that this study has been one of the best planning process in the city in a long time. He stated that he currently favors the center alignment because of the frequency of service, its’ timeliness and it could allow for light rail in the future.

Dave Snyder, SPUR, stated that SPUR strongly encourages the Board to endorse the feasibility study. The public should appreciate the savings in operations that will be achieved. These kinds of projects are needed if the MTA is going to resolve their budget deficiencies. Caltrain reorganized their service and saw revenues increase by 60%.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Shahum

ABSENT –Din and Nolan

12. Adopting the Traffic Calming Plans for the Inner Sunset, Excelsior, Bayview, 18th Avenue, West Portal, O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, Broad and Randolph Streets, Circular Avenue and Teresita Boulevard neighborhoods. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and plans) (Carter Rohan)

Item 12 was removed from the agenda at the request of staff.

13. Authorizing the MTA to expand the Small Business Enterprise Program to include Construction – Building (Heavy); Construction – Dredging and Surface Cleanup; Construction (specialty trades); General Freight Trucking; Hazardous Waste Collection, Trucking; Remediation; Testing Labs; and Computer Programming and Design as additional categories for contracts financed with assistance from the Federal Transit Administration. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and methodology) (Sonali Bose)

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES – Black, Kasolas, McCray, Mezey and Shahum

ABSENT – Din and Nolan

14. Presentation of annual MTA Employee and Customer Surveys. (Explanatory documents include a report.) (Diana Hammons)

John Canapary, Executive Vice President, presented the employee and customer surveys.

Exec. Director Ford stated that staff will identify areas that show either significant improvement or decline and will develop specific action plans to address those areas. These action plans will be included in the MTA’s strategic plan and FY08 budget and will be used to evaluate future goals and objectives.

Director Shahum requested that the MTA conduct a more in depth survey every two or three years and that staff think about including all transportation users.

Director Kasolas requested that the MTA compare its’ data against surveys from other transit agencies.


David Pilpel stated that publishing a timetable book is a requirement under Prop E and the service standards. The last edition was printed in 2002. Mr. Pilpel urged the Agency to find the resources to reprint schedules. He stated that in the evenings, it’s not reasonable to cut service further just because there’s a low level of ridership. It’s important to maintain a 20 minute service standard at night. Waiting for a bus in a cold and remote location isn’t fun.

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 5:37 p.m.

A tape of the meeting is on file in the office of the Secretary to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors.

Roberta Boomer
Board Secretary

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