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February 6, 2001 Minutes



1. Call to Order

Chairman Flynn called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m.

2. Roll Call

Present: Shirley Breyer Black
Jim Bourgart
Mike Casey
Jose Cisneros
H. Welton Flynn
Enid Lim
Cleopatra Vaughns

3. Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2001 Regular Meeting and the January 30, 2001 Special Meeting: unanimously approved.

4. Communications

(4.1) 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 will be removed from the meeting.

5. Introduction of New or Old Business by Board Members


6. Director's Report (For discussion only)
  • Special Recognition Award
  • POP Implementation
  • EEO Quarterly Report
  • Neoplan Bus Status Report
  • Ongoing Muni Activities
The General Manager's Special Recognition award was presented to Raoul Roberto who maintains the scheduling system, a critical system at Muni. He has a "can do" attitude and always puts his customers first. Chairman Flynn expressed appreciation and thanks on behalf of the board. Mr. Roberto said that he always works to the best of his ability, without any thought of recognition or award. He humbly accepted the award and hopes to live up to expectations. Ray Antonio, TWU-Local 250-A, added his thanks and appreciation to Mr. Roberto for his service.

General Manager Burns announced the start up of SOMA service on February 3 and the completion of the J-line rail replacement project on February 2. Muni is about to begin construction on the K-line which will be a 27 month effort. He also noted that service to the XFL at Pac Bell Park went smoothly on Sunday and thanked Chinese Americans at Muni for their efforts with the Chinese New Year Parade.

Ted Unaegbu, Manager, Proof of Payment Program reviewed P.O.P. after the first six months of full implementation. He stated that the evasion rate was less than 1% and during that time Muni revenues continued to increase. Director Lim hopes that the program can be expanded to other lines. Director Cisneros commented that some riders have concerns about the manner in which fare inspectors approach individuals. Mr. Unaegbu said that the core emphasis of the training is public relations and he immediately investigates any reports of harassment or intimidation.

Chairman Flynn asked for additional information about the cost to provide the program, including the cost of inspectors, wages and benefits paid and what it costs to train them.

Fred Stephens, Deputy General Manager gave an update on Neoplan noise and what Muni and Neoplan is doing to mitigate the issue. He said that a mid-term solution will begin on February 12 and will be complete in mid-May. Staff is continuing to work with Neoplan on a longer-term solution.

Vernon Crawley, EEO Manager reviewed the last quarter's caseload that resulted in 41 cases being closed. Their goal is to resolve cases within 90 days of filing. He will be filling remaining vacancies within the next month. Members of the board expressed their appreciation for the work that's been done since the last report.

Chairman Flynn urged staff to being training quickly. Mr. Crawley stated that he wanted to be diligent and deliberate in hiring the right staff and will begin training soon. Larry Williams, D.G.M., HR/LR/EEO added that adequate monies were in this year's budget and they are bringing the function "in-house" rather than as a work order to the Department of Human Resources.

7. Citizen's Advisory Council Report

Linton Stables, CAC chair, reviewed the CAC's budget recommendations and added that there was unanimous approval of the budget. He added that the CAC was very active this month and that the committee structure was working well. A copy of the CAC's budget resolution was provided to the board secretary.

8. Public Comment

Edward Mason survived the J-line rail replacement and thinks that bus service was generally good. He recounted an incident on the 14-line where many people had to wait for over an hour. He added that the signal at 18th had been fixed since the last meeting.

Daniel Murphy, Rescue Muni, thanked the board for endorsing the diesel path, as it will improve service reliability.


9. 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.

(9.1) 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 MUNI:

  • Victoria Hernandez vs. CCSF, Superior Court #309966 in the amount of $10,000

  • Dolores Romero vs. CCSF, Superior Court Ltd. #265861 in the amount of $15,000

  • Antony Amato vs. CCSF, Unlitigated Claim #0102189 in the amount of $15,558.02

  • Yuri Oka vs. CCSF, Superior Court #998999 in the amount of $45,000

  • Kin Heng Ieong Cheng vs. CCSF, Superior CT #312914 in the amount of $47,000

No public comment.

On motion to approve the consent calendar:

ADOPTED: AYES - Black, Bourgart, Casey, Cisneros, Flynn, Lim and Vaughns


10. Approving the FY2002 Municipal Railway Operating Budget of $446,976,583, an increase of $30,718,976 over the FY2001 Revised Budget; approving the request to waive fares on New Year's Eve 2001, between 8 PM on December 31, 2001 and 6 AM January 1, 2002; authorizing the expansion of the Class Pass program to all colleges and universities in San Francisco; and authorizing the Municipal Transportation Agency to implement short term experimental fares during FY2002. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and budget.)

The commission secretary certified that staff had complied with the MTA Board's rules regarding public notification of changes to the fare structure.

Lisa Mancini, Chief Operations Officer and Gigi Harrington, Chief Financial Officer responded to questions raised by the board at the last meeting. At the request of Director Casey, General Manager Burns discussed the CAC's recommendations and noted that staff concurs with their suggestions and will work to implement them.

Director Bourgart expressed his thanks to Mr. Beagle for his full response to the director's questions. He would like to receive periodic reports on activities of the MIF so the board can be better informed about their achievements.


Daniel Murphy, CAC Finance and Administration Committee Chairman explained the thinking of CAC on their recommendations. He appreciated the responsiveness of Gigi Harrington, Fred Clarke and Paul Czechowicz.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES - Black, Bourgart, Casey, Cisneros, Flynn, Lim and Vaughns

11. Requesting the Board of Supervisors to concur with the Controller's certification that it is more economical to contract for facility security services than to provide the same services with City and County employees for the six-month period ending June 30, 2001. (Explanatory documents include a staff report, resolution and Controller's certification.)
Director Black asked staff to look at how much it would cost to gradually put these positions back into civil service similar to what other city departments do. She asked for a report back in 6 months. Director Burns said staff is investigating alternatives and would have recommendations for the board in six months.

Director Casey expressed concern that car cleaners aren't trained to deal with vandalism. Director Burns said they would be trained on the appropriate procedure for notifying Central Control and the police. Director Bourgart urged staff to look at how technology can help.

No public comment.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES - Black, Bourgart, Casey, Cisneros, Flynn, Lim and Vaughns

12. Approving Contract Modification No. 3 to Woods Facility Re-Roofing, Contract MR-1179, with Pioneer Roofing Organization increasing the total contract amount by $80,000 for an amount not to exceed $1,181,937, and extending the time of completion by 137 calendar days from July 31, 2000 to December 15, 2000.

No public comment.

Chairman Flynn admonished staff about the past practice of coming to the board for authorization after the work has been completed and the money spent. General Manager Burns stated that Vince Harris is stopping the practice, as it is not the way to conduct business.


On motion to approve:

ADOPTED: AYES - Black, Bourgart, Casey, Cisneros, Flynn, Lim and Vaughns

ADJOURN - The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 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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