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1.   Call to Order

Chairman Vaughns called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

2.   Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Wil Din
  • H. Welton Flynn
  • Michael Kasolas
  • Cleopatra Vaughns


  • Mike Casey                    
  • James McCray, Jr.


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

Chairman Vaughns announced that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at the meeting.   She advised that any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices may be removed from the meeting.

4.   Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the January 20, 2004 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved (Casey, Kasolas, McCray-absent).

5.   Communications

The board secretary announced that the closed session listed on the meeting agenda had been cancelled.

6.   Introduction of New or Old Business by Board Members

Director Flynn is concerned about the second quarter EEO report and asked that it be calendared for discussion at the next meeting.  

7. Director's Report (For discussion only)

    -Special Recognition Award

    -Ongoing Activities

Director Burns noted that the reason that the closed session was cancelled is because the threat of litigation over the tow contract is not an issue at this time.  

Director Burns is pleased to recognize Linton Stables for his significant contribution to public transportation in San Francisco.   Linton has a long history of community involvement and has been a staunch supporter of Muni.   He served as the CAC's inaugural chairman and has been a thoughtful critic and Muni champion.  

Dan Murphy, Chairman, CAC thanked Mr. Stables for his service on behalf of the CAC, adding that Linton has been a gentle presence moving the CAC forward when they get bogged down. Linton Stables feels privileged for the opportunity to serve.    He will miss San Francisco a great deal.   Chairman Vaughns thanked Mr. Stables on behalf of the Board.  

Director Burns introduced Wilson Johnson as the new Muni Deputy General Manager, Transportation.   Mr. Johnson has thirty-five years of transportation experience, most recently at BART. His immediate challenge will be to continue to improve on-time performance and reliability.   Chairman Vaughns welcomed Mr. Johnson to the Muni team.

Recently Mayor Newsom toured the Woods Transportation and Maintenance facilities and the Cable Car Carpentry Shop.   He spent over 2 ½ hours at Muni.    Mayor Newsom will be visiting other city departments.

The Transportation Audit has been completed but funds won't be released until March, which is later than anticipated.   Staff is working with the TA but if there is a delay in the release of funds, work may have to stop on some of the Third Street Segments.  

The Federal Transportation Association announced a "recommended" rating for the Third St. Project including Phase 2, the New Central Subway.   This rating is not a guarantee of money but means that Phase 2 will continue to advance.   President Bush recently signed a spending bill that includes money for the Third St. Project and other important Muni projects.   San Francisco's congressional delegation worked hard to secure these funds.

The Chinese New Year Parade will be on Saturday, February 7.   Over 700,000 people are expected to participate.   15 Muni lines will be affected and DPT will be providing extra service.   There is also a Monster truck rally so extra metro service will be added to accommodate the crowds.

Staff has been working with Supervisor McGoldrick to update the Transit Impact Development Fee.   He recently introduced legislation that expands the area and increases the fee.   Residential development will be exempt. There is added flexibility for use of the money as well.  

Director Flynn anticipates that contractors will file claims if work stops on the Third St. Project because of a funding delay.

Gerald Norman, Deputy Director, DPT reviewed the status of the Tow Contract.   City Tow has agreed that March 1 to March 15th is a more reasonable time frame to cease their operation.   Staff is currently negotiating a temporary contract with Auto Return to take over from City Tow.   Auto Return would work under substantially the same terms as the current contract. He hopes to present the permanent contract to the Board in May or June.   Staff is briefing the Board of Supervisors on this item and has dedicated a large number of staff resources to getting this project moving quickly.   Staff is also working on a transition plan.   Both companies have been very cooperative and they expect a smooth transition.

8. Citizen's Advisory Council Report

Dan Murphy, Chairman, CAC, stated that they are currently meeting with staff on the budget and will present their recommendations as soon as possible.

9.   Public Comment

Barry Taranto commented that the installation of stop signs on Marina Blvd. has created a traffic mess on Doyle Drive and Lombard in the morning.   The situation is horrible and is something the board should investigate.   With respect to the pedestrian accident on Park Presidio, there must be a way to give better warning to pedestrians.    The Enforcement Division has to get limousines and town cars out of cabstands.   If you aren't going to clear the stands, then DPT should charge taxis for having them.    



10.   All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Municipal Transportation Agency Board, and will be acted upon by a single vote of the Board.   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 as are or will be available in payment of the following claims against the MTA:

A. Barry Baron, Unlitigated Claim #0401292 filed on 11/03/03 for $5,689.34

B. Emilia Alarcon, Unlitigated Claim #0301840 filed on 12/5/02 for $7,750

C. William Thomas, Unlitigated Claim #0400943 filed on 9/29/03 for $8,449.51

D. Scott Meyer, Unlitigated Claim #0401535 filed on 12/01/03 for $21,684.62

E. David Yeh Unlitigated Claim 0401642 filed on 12/12/03 for $27,993.32

The board secretary noted that resolution for this item needed to be amended so that the David Yeh case would be approved for $24,156.57.   The original figure didn't reflect the deduction for the salvage recovery on the vehicle involved.


No public comment.

On motion to approve the Consent Calendar as amended:

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Flynn, Kasolas, and Vaughns

                      ABSENT - Casey and McCray




11.   Informational presentation on the FY 2005 budget for the Municipal Transportation Agency.

(Explanatory documents include a staff report.)

Director Burns stated that staff is working with a lot of assumptions in the budget as they wait for the city to work through their budget process.   Due to changes in anticipated revenues, the current deficit is just over $34 million, which is about $5 million worse than what was reported at the Jan. 20th meeting.   These proposals don't cover the entire deficit.   The MTA must have a balanced budget on March 1.   One proposed change is to the Paratransit fares to bring equity amongst the users of different Paratransit services.

Alicia Fletcher, Muni Budget Manager and Julia Dawson, DPT Budget Manager presented the budget and reviewed possible solutions.   Currently Muni is looking at approximately 125 layoffs and DPT is looking at 25.   If economic conditions get worse, they may have to look at further reductions.  

Chairman Vaughns asked staff to provide an in depth look at the proposed solutions for the next meeting.  

Director Flynn is concerned about the SFMRIC loan and asked for an update at the next meeting.

Annette Williams, Manager, Accessible Services presented the Paratransit Coordinating Council's recommendation to change paratransit fares. They wish to retain affordable fares in all modes and to achieve fare equity.   The current lift and group van fares are much lower than taxi and ADA access fares.  

Chairman Vaughns suggested that staff take a serious look at the fines paid by trucks that double park, as they should be heavily fined.


Barry Taranto thinks that people should get out of vans and into taxicabs as it costs the city more money for disabled people to take other modes than taxicabs. Some tickets, such as white zone, taxi stand, double-parking, should increase as these violations occur when people are too lazy to move.   DPT staff can double the number of tickets written.  

12.   Approving and adopting an advertising policy that govern the types of advertisements allowed on MTA property. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and policy.)


Norman Rolfe noted that the policy, when presented to the CAC called for no liquor ads and wondered if it was still part of the policy.   He thinks the ban might be counterproductive if it impacts revenue.    


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED:   AYES - Black, Din, Flynn, Kasolas, and Vaughns

                      ABSENT - Casey and McCray

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 5:23 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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