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

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee

Monday, February 27, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California



1. Call to Order
Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. 

2. Roll Call

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario and Daniel Weaver

EMSC Members absent: None

CAC members not on this committee, but also present: None

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

The CAC Secretary made the announcement.

4. Approval of Minutes

Committee member Ferrario suggested that the minutes be revised with respect to item #9.  He moved that his comment be updated to read, “Steve Ferrario asked to see the architectural and electrical plans for the new central control facility.”

Public Comment:


            On motion to approve the minutes of January 12, 2012: Approved as amended

                  Ayes – Ferrario and Weaver

                  Nayes – None

                  Absent - None   

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


6. Public Comment: 


7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding service standards. (Travis Fox, Manager, Finance & Information Technology)

Travis Fox discussed proposals for changes to the service standards reporting for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.  Goals for the new service standard would include: monthly reports rather than quarterly; provide surveys to customers to assess satisfaction with taxi availability; cleanliness of vehicles, elevators, and escalators; and on-time performance.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason inquired about costs.  He stated that a pet peeve of his, is the recording of mileage and/or hours rather than dollar value. 

8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the conceptual plan for the Radio Project.  (Henry Kim, Project Manager, Capital Programs & Construction)

Henry Kim discussed plans for the radio replacement project.  Currently, the Muni radio system is outdated.  Staff is in contract negotiations with a firm that will upgrade and design a radio system that will be FCC compliant.  The project will be completed in 2015.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason inquired if operators will be able to communicate with one another and with the police in the event of an emergency situation.  Mr. Mason also inquired if the new radio system is “off-shelf” and how much operator training and cost would be involved.

(Jianmin Fong, Project Manager, Construction Division, stated that Central Control will have the ability to communicate with all drivers and this is an off-shelf project.)

9. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the Transit Signal Priority Plan.  (Cheryl Liu, Senior Transportation Engineer, Sustainable Streets)

Cheryl Liu discussed the goals of the Transit Signal Priority (TSP) goals, including improving safety; reducing travel time; and improving Muni on-time performance.  Ms. Liu discussed passive and active priority; the tweaking of signal timing; and adjusting cycle of signals.

Ms. Liu provided plans and discussed implementations that will be done throughout the City.  SFGo and the Transit Effectiveness Program (TEP) has provided opportunities in these changes, but that there still are challenges in having an effective technology system.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason commented on the early green and red light truncation.  He stated that it is going in the right direction, which provided lesson learned of preemption20 years ago at 21st & Mission Street.  He stated that some signals did not provide enough time for seniors and disabled to cross.

10. Committee Members’ request for information

  • Dan Weaver would like an update on the Breda rehab fleet.
  • 11. Schedule upcoming calendar items (For discussion only)

Next regular meeting:  April 25, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room 3075

12. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:19 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA CAC - Secretary



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