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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council

Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3074
San Francisco, California


1.Call to Order:
Chairman Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m. 

2. Roll Call:

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Mark Ballew, Joan Downey, Steve Ferrario, Katie Haverkamp, Daniel Murphy, Marc Salomon, Susan Vaughan, and Dorris Vincent

SFMTA CAC members absent at Roll Call:  Dan Weaver

SFMTA CAC members absent:  Mary Burns, Art Cimento, and Jamison Wieser

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

The CAC Secretary made the announcement.

Dan Weaver arrived at 5:50 p.m.

4. Approval of Minutes: 

Chairman Murphy noted that the vote for each of the motions passed should have read Weaver instead of listing Vincent twice.

Council member Vaughan stated that Catherine Howard’s name was misspelled under item #6, Public Comment.

Chairman Murphy continued approval of the November 3, 2011 minutes to the next meeting.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason stated that his comment for item #9, should be modified to read as follows: “Edward Mason stated that during contract closeout, water seepage was observed and declared to the Board of Directors”.

5. Report of the Chair (For discussion only):

Chairman Murphy stated that the TEP had reached a milestone with the Notice of Scoping.  This notice was placed on the website, in newspaper advertisements, emails, and mass mailing.  Scoping meetings will be held on December 6th and 7th at One South Van Ness.

Public Comment:


6. Public Comment: 


7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the Strategic Plan. (Edward Reiskin, Director of Transportation)

Darton Ito, Manager, Long Range & Capital Planning, discussed the FY2013-2018 Strategic Plan.  The objectives are to: 1) create a safer transportation experience for everyone; 2) make transit, walking, bicycling, taxi, ridesharing and carsharing the preferred means of travel; 3) improve the environment and quality of life in San Francisco; and 4) create a workplace that delivers outstanding service. 

Mr. Ito stated that the strategic plan will provide a roadmap for the next six years will be incorporated into division and employee goal plans.  The plan will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors at their January 3, 2012 meeting.

Public Comment:

Roland Wong inquired about the maintenance of the fleet, with regards to people with disabilities who rely on escalators and elevators, and where it fits in the Strategic Plan.  Darton Ito replied it falls under Objective 3.3.

Edward Mason commented that when he sees performance indicator figures like 100,000, he would prefer to see something more absolute.  Mr. Mason stated that this can be a big problem.  For example, in Objective 1.3, the preventable collision indicator is monetized.  Muni recently spent $8M in claims and accidents.

Motion 111201.01

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the following changes to the Draft FY 2013-2018 Strategic Plan:

  • The plan should refer to the voter-adopted Transit First policy objectives of the agency.
  • The plan should incorporate the performance objectives adopted for the agency by the voters.
  • Objective 1.1 should specifically include bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • An objective under Goal 1 should be added to improve safety for pedestrians, people with disabilities, and cyclists, with a key performance indicator of successful identification of, and reduction of, injuries and deaths on dangerous pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Objective 2.1 should include specific goals for communication to disabled passengers, particularly hearing and sight-impaired passengers.
  • Objective 2.2 should include schedule adherence for lines with long headways, like community lines.
  • Objective 2.3 should be framed as “mode shift”.
  • An objective under Goal 3 should be added regarding state of good repair, including maintenance of fleet, as well as wheelchair lifts, elevators, etc.
  • Objective 3.1 should measure emissions in terms of emissions per unit of service provided, not just total emissions.
  • Objective 3.3 should measure whether the capital projects chosen are effective, not just whether the projects chosen are delivered on time.
  • Objective 3.5 should make reference to obtaining new revenue sources for the agency.
  • Objective 4.3 should include a measure of employee absenteeism.
  • Goal 1 should be re-designated as Goal 3; Goal 2 should be re-designated as Goal 1; and Goal 3 should be re-designated as Goal 2.
  • Reports of the Strategic Plan performance should be included with the quarterly Proposition E service standards report.

On motion to approve Motion 111201.01: Approved

Ayes – Ballew, Downey, Ferrario, Haverkamp, Murphy, Salomon, Vaughan, Vincent, and Weaver

        Nayes – None

        Absent – Burns, Cimento, and Wieser

8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the 20-year Capital Investment Plan. (Peter Brown, Project Manager, Long-Range Planning)

Peter Brown described the plan, which is a comprehensive list of 173 projects and programs.  Staff has developed a transportation capital committee who will be looking at all city needs and modal needs that will be included in the plan.  Mr. Brown stated that the bulk of needs are in the transit system. 

Public Comment:

Roland Wong commented that the plan does not address the need for more sidewalk ramps for wheelchair users.  Mr. Wong stated that for the L Taraval there are only two ramps after West Portal.  Peter Brown replied that this would fall under the Accessibility Section and there are five programs within that section. 

9.Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the SFMTA Centennial communications plan. (Murray Bond, Deputy Director, Administration Division)

Murray Bond discussed the plan for Muni’s centennial celebration that will be held near the end of 2012.  Staff is working to develop a communications and event plan.  Mr. Bond stated that the Agency has an incredible archive of photos that may be put in Muni bus shelters.

Council member Vaughan suggested that a historical streetcar event is a good opportunity to put public transportation on the radar screen and that the Director of Transportation should go on television and radio shows to speak about the event and Muni.  Mr. Bond stated that staff is developing a media plan.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason suggested advertising in professional magazines articles and preparing a historic Clipper card, like BART did for their tube a few years ago.  Mr. Mason also suggested using historic photos as a backdrop on local news stations.

                     Motion 111201.02

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the Agency hold two streetcar festivals, one in spring or summer, and one between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and solicit sponsorships from businesses to pay for these.

On motion to approve Motion 111201.02: Approved

Ayes – Ballew, Downey, Ferrario, Haverkamp, Murphy, Salomon, Vaughan, Vincent, and Weaver

        Nayes – None

            Absent – Burns, Cimento, and Wieser

Motion 111201.03

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the Agency do everything possible to use Muni’s anniversary to promote Muni and public transportation in general, from the local to the international, and to creatively rebuild its relationship with the riding public.

On motion to approve Motion 111201.03: Approved

Ayes – Ballew, Downey, Ferrario, Haverkamp, Murphy, Salomon, Vaughan, Vincent, and Weaver

        Nayes – None

Absent – Burns, Cimento, and Wieser

10. Continue discussion and possible action regarding the CAC Taxi Committee.

Chairman Murphy described the formation of the committee and wanted feedback on its continuation.  Three options were discussed: 1) select a coordinator to attend SFMTA Taxi Advisory Council meetings and provide information at occasional CAC meetings; 2) restore CAC Taxi Committee; or 3) appoint a CAC member to SFMTA Taxi Advisory Council.

Council members chose option one.  Chairman Murphy stated that he will volunteer and attend the taxi meetings until a coordinator is chosen.  Council member Ferrario suggested Council member Burns to be the coordinator.

11. Committee Members’ requests for information.  (For discussion only)

  • Mark Ballew inquired about the maintenance schedule for removing graffiti on maps, stairwells, and metro stations.
  • Susan Vaughan would like to know how many students purchase fast passes and the number of youths that have been fined for the past three years for failure to have proof of payment.
  • Joan Downey stated that two wheelchair ramps were installed on the west side of MLK Drive in front of the arboretum, and none at the east side and would like to know if there are plans to install a wheelchair ramp on the east side, in front of the Main gate.
  • 12. Schedule upcoming calendar items.  (For discussion only)
    Next regular meeting:  Thursday,  January 5, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
    1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 3074

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ADJOURN:  The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA CAC - Secretary



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