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1.   Call to Order


    Chairman Flynn called the meeting to order at 4:07 p.m.

2.   Roll Call


  • Shirley Breyer Black
  • Mike Casey
  • Wil Din
  • H. Welton Flynn
  • Michael Kasolas
  • James McCray, Jr.
  • Cleopatra Vaughns


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

Chairman Flynn 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 may be removed from the meeting.

4.   Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the September 16, 2003 Regular Meeting: unanimously approved (Casey, McCray-absent).

5.   Communications

The board secretary announced that Item 13, Metro East contract award, had been removed from the agenda at the request of staff.

6.   Introduction of New or Old Business by Board Members

Director Black asked that the San Francisco General Hospital garage be put on the agenda for the next meeting.   Director Casey noted that Director Burns was preparing a report and that the item could be discussed when the report was ready.   He added that Supervisor Daly was pursuing funding as well and he looks forward to getting a report from his office.   Directors Black and Casey are supportive of reviewing the issue.

7. Director's Report (For discussion only)

    -Special Recognition Award

    -Ongoing Activities

Director Burns is pleased to announce that October's Special Recognition award goes to Bridget Smith, DPT's manager of the Livable Streets Program.   Her responsibilities include the Pedestrian Program, Traffic Calming, Red Light Photo Enforcement, and School Area Safety.  

She has brought a systematic and thorough approach to improving safety. This year the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee is honoring her for her excellence in public management.   Ms. Smith thanked the board. Chairman Flynn extended the congratulations of the Board of Directors.

The 27th Safe Driver Awards banquet was held on September 27th with 334 operators recognized for driving over 15 years without an avoidable accident.   It was an excellent event organized by Muni staff and the Joint Labor Management Board.  

Director Vaughns attend the APTA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, representing the MTA on the APTA Board of Directors.   She is proving to be integral part of APTA's board member organization.   Director Vaughns thanked Director Burns for the opportunity to serve.

On October 9 the Board is invited to the Mission Steuart Hotel groundbreaking ceremony.   This is an important development that will dramatically improve the site and provide long term financial benefit to Muni. Plans for this project began in 1996.

Proposition K, the reauthorization of Prop B's ½-cent sales tax will be on the ballot in November.   The passage of this proposition is very important to both Muni and DPT. Its' most important use is as a match for required federal grant funds as there is no other dependable source of local funding.  

The City Attorney's office and Muni were recently successful in appealing a judgment in a case where a plaintiff fell on board.   In the initial trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff for $357,000.   The City appealed and the second jury found in favor of the city.   We appreciate the work that our attorney's do for us everyday.

Over the weekend of September 27-28th , the Folsom Street Fair and an anti-occupation march kept parking control officers busy, with more than 45 deployed for the street fair.   There we no incidents to report.   With baseball at an end, the MTA now has a solid service plan that provides sufficient capacity and good traffic control at a manageable cost.   Staff should be proud of the work they accomplished throughout the year.

8. Citizen's Advisory Council Report

There was no report made.

9.   Public Comment

Roger Bazeley thanked DPT for recognizing Ms. Smith.   She is a terrific asset.   He also thanked the garage staff for their rapid assistance in dealing with the safety problem at 5th and Mission.   The new buses are safer.   Judges are throwing out tickets for jaywalking and speeding near schools.   There are a number of State Senate and Assembly bills regarding safety that need to be supported.   More ladder crosswalks are needed throughout the city.

Barry Taranto also congratulated Bridget Smith.    He identified two PCO's that he considers to be the rudest people he has ever met.   It's important to include accommodations for taxicabs when issuing permits for street fairs and events.   In addition, street closures need to be better publicized.



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:

  1. Ventura Gawat, Unlitigated Claim #0400365, filed on 8/5/03 for $5,713.05
  2. PG&E, Unlitigated Claim #0303189, filed on 3/18/03 for $8,840.94


(10.2) Approving the following traffic modifications:

  1. MUNI, 27-BRYANT STREET BUS, ROUTE CHANGE - ESTABLISH The new route will begin at the current Cesar Chavez /Mission Streets Terminal/Bus Stop and end at the 26th and Mission Streets Bus Stop.    The 27-Bryant bus will proceed two blocks westbound on Cesar Chavez Street to Valencia Street, one block northbound on Valencia Street to 26th Street, and two blocks eastbound on 26th Street to Mission Street.
  2. MUNI BUS ZONE AND TERMINAL - ESTABLISH Cesar Chavez Street, north side, from 44 feet to 174 feet west of Mission Street (removes six 1-hour metered parking spaces).
  3. MUNI BUS ZONE AND TERMINAL - RESCIND Cesar Chavez Street, north side, from Mission Street to a point 95 feet easterly. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (DPT)


(10.3) Authorizing the Director to revise the route of Line 27-Bryant to establish a new southern terminal for the line in the area of Mission and Cesar Chavez streets to address traffic safety concerns.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and map.) (MUNI)

Items 10.2 and 10.3 were removed from the Consent Calendar at the request of the public.


Zoee Astrachan is opposed to the proposed reroute as neighbors are trying to clean up the street.   She presented a petition signed by her neighbors.   26th Street is an unsafe street and the noise and air pollution will increased by adding buses onto the street.  

Andrew Dunbar has similar concerns.   The petition outlines their concerns about adding a diesel bus line to the street.   Salvation Army trucks stop on that street to unload merchandise.   These trucks will make it difficult for buses to pass.   Buses may further congest this street.   He asked staff to look for other options.

Patty Kamimoto recently bought a home in that area because of its residential nature.   She lives two doors down from the Salvation Army, which is already a problem with their loading, unloading, and illegal dumping. The street is heavily congested now and is a safety route for fire trucks.   Adding buses will make it harder to navigate.

London Davies, is a Bartlett St. resident.   Her neighbors think this plan is a terrible idea.   Bartlett is a residential neighborhood where children play in the street.   It's also used as a fire route as quick way to get to Mission.   Adding buses onto a tiny street isn't a good idea.   Salvation Army trucks will block them.

Lori Dahm also commented on the Salvation Army truck loading as an issue.   She urged the board to look at other ways to reroute the bus.

Gloria Allen has been working with Muni about the two bus lines in her neighborhood.   She lives on Jackson between Polk and Van Ness.   She said that everyone wants to ride a bus but nobody wants buses on the street where they live.   Moving the layover terminal to the other end of the line is a viable option.    She hopes the board will support this compromise solution.

Kinry Louie, a property manager at Jackson and Van Ness shares the same concerns as the previous speakers.    He manages a building that provides medical services for seniors and children.   It's tough to seniors and parents with children to navigate on Jackson Street.   It isn't a safe situation and he would like Jackson Street to be made safer.

Ron Mitchell, representing the JLMB, noted that the present stop at Cesar Chavez fits only one bus and creates a safety hazard.   Staff drove this suggested reroute over 20 times and were only held up once during the peak period.   ADA access at the new site is much better.

In reply to a question by Director Kasolas, Peter Straus, Manager, Service Planning stated that in addition to the usual notice, staff went door to door with a letter asking people to give them feedback about this proposal.   He added that there are major safety problems associated with the present site including traffic exposure, a narrow sidewalk and the pedestrians' view of traffic blocked by a bus. The proposed terminal is between the driveways of a paint store, can fit two buses, is not in front of any residence and is much safer. Staff did look at other options but they would take the bus too far off route requiring Muni to add additional vehicles.   This was the best no-cost option.

Bond Yee, Traffic Engineer, is supportive of Muni's proposal.   The current route is not desirable. A public hearing, noticed to all residents, was held but only one person who opposed the project appeared although several pieces of mail were received.  

Chairman Flynn stated the Boards' responsibility is to make sure that the public gets a chance to express their concerns.   He doesn't want to risk lives for the convenience of others.  

Director McCray asked for a report in six months report about how the reroute has impacted the neighborhood.

On motion to approve Items 10.2 and 10.3:

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


(10.4) Authorizing the Director to execute and file an application for $ 4,918,393 in TEA 21 Section 5309 capital assistance for Islais Creek Design and Construction and Security-Related Activities. (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (MUNI)


(10.5) Authorizing the Director to execute and file an application for $1,475,374 of TEA 21 Section 5309 New Starts program funding with the Department of Transportation for the Third Street-Phase II, Central Subway Project.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.) (MUNI)


No public comment

On motion to approve the Consent Calendar (Item 10.2 and 10.3 severed):

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




11. Designating all Municipal Railway lines (except Cable Car lines) as "Proof-of-Payment" lines, effective on a date to be determined by the Director of Transportation.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report and resolution.)

Director Casey asked for an amendment to the resolution to provide increased training and equipment for Proof of Payment officers to insure their safety.   Director Burns had no objection to the amendment.

No public comment.


On motion to approve as amended:

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

12. Approving Amendment No. 3 to the Paratransit Broker Agreement with ATC to increase the Paratransit Broker Agreement contract amount by $26,308,656, for a total amount not to exceed $92,641,933.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report resolution and agreement.)


Bruce Oka spoke in favor of the amendment.   He supports Muni's program wholeheartedly.   This money is needed to keep Muni out of a deep hole.  

Chairman Flynn asked staff to provide a report to the board about how the program is going.


On motion to approve:

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

13. Authorizing the award of Contract No. MR-1182R, Muni Metro East Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Operations Facility Project, to McCarthy Building Companies, as the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, for an estimated total contract amount of $110,000,000, with initial certification of the contract not to exceed $14,230,790.   (Explanatory documents include a staff report resolution and financial plan.)

This item was removed from the agenda at the request of staff.

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 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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