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


Thursday, August 5, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order:
Chairman Daniel Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. 

2. Roll Call:

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Joan Downey, Steve Ferrario, Griffith Humphrey, Daniel Murphy, Janel Sterbentz, Susan Vaughan, Dorris Vincent, Daniel Weaver and Ruth Wheeler

SFMTA CAC members absent: Mary Burns, Art Cimento, Cesar Perez, Greg Riessen and Jamison Wieser

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

3. Approval of Minutes

On motion to approve the minutes of July 1, 2010:  unanimously adopted.
Ayes – Downey, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Sterbentz, Vaughan, Vincent, Weaver and Wheeler
Absent – Burns, Cimento, Perez, Riessen and Wieser

4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy called on Debra Reed, secretary, SFMTA CAC, who announced that she plans to retire on October 1.  Roberta Boomer, liaison, SFMTA CAC, asked that CAC committee chairmen submit October agendas early.

5. Public Comment: 

Jane Bolig stated that on August 4, there was a rally at the Civic Center for the sale of medallions.  The Taxi Advisory Council will be holding its inaugural meeting at 2 p.m. on August 18, at City Hall in room 034. 

6. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding long term plans for SFMTA performance and stability.  (Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.)

Nathaniel Ford, executive director/CEO, SFMTA, provided an overview of the long term plans for the SFMTA performance and stability.  He stated that the challenge to implementing the Transit Effectiveness Project is funding.  Maintaining the SFMTA’s assets in a state of repair is expected to cost $455 million annually over the next 20 years.  The SFMTA lost $70 to 80 million in annual funding from the state.  The political will to implement taxes and fees is uncertain.  When operate service with exclusive right-of-ways, peer transit systems, such as BART and MARTA, achieve 95 percent on-time performances.  This spring, the SFMTA, operating in mixed traffic, posted a record 74.5 percent on-time performance level.  Staff is working to improve reliability by updating technology, increasing an exclusive right-of-way and seeking funds to support capital, maintenance and operating needs.

Mr. Ford stated that the SFMTA received funding for the SFpark program to upgrade parking meters.  Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was used to rehabilitate rubber tire and light rail vehicles, as well as to replace fare gates and worn tracks.  Mr. Ford reviewed other funded projects, such as the new Line Management Center; the California Cable Car Infrastructure Improvements; the Central Control and Communication Project; the installation of vending machines in subway; the Clipper Card; and the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.  Staff is seeking money to complete funding for the Geary BRT project.  Mr. Ford stated that he would return to the CAC to discuss getting more money for the Agency.

Public Comment:

David Pilpel commented on the value of open meetings; job creation through capital funding; the impact of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s proposed Charter amendment; and creating a list of alternative projects to avoid losing $1 billion in discretionary state funds for the Central Subway Project.

7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding capital needs and shortfall.  (Bond Yee and Darton Ito)  

Bond Yee, director, Sustainable Streets, introduced Darton Ito, manager, Capital System Planning, Sustainable Streets, who provided an overview of the SFMTA’s capital assets inventory. Mr. Ito stated that the inventory has 3000 items valued at $11 billion and includes rolling stock, tracks, overhead network, signals, fare collection equipment and facilities for operations and passengers. Staff is reviewing life cycle and cost assumptions, and is converting the inventory to capital projects that will be prioritized based the Agency’s goals and objectives. The $1.9 billion backlog of deferred expenditures includes vehicle maintenance, stations, operating facilities, parking garages, overhead network and traction power. The SFMTA estimates that over the next 20 years an investment of $455 million a year would be needed to address the current backlog while maintaining a state of good repair. SFMTA’s inventory of assets will be provided to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in August. The 20 year financial plan will be submitted to the Federal Transit Administration in September. The Capital Investment Plan will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors in October.   

Public comment:

Jane Bolig stated that the cost for rail is amazing when compared to diesel.  More capital assets are created than maintained.  

8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding capital project implementation.  (Carter Rohan)

Carter Rohan, senior director, Capital Programs and Construction, provided an overview of the list of capital project accomplishments during the last fiscal year.  He stated that within the last two years, funding commitments for capital projects have either shrunk or disappeared.  In the wake of the last two budget shortfalls, capital projects were also negatively affected by cuts to technical staff.  The previously adopted Capital Investment Plan (CIP) was refocused to “State of Good Repair” projects.  Most of the programs that lost funds during the slump have been deferred.  Available non-discretionary funding was moved to support critical “State of Good Repair” projects.  The implementation of projects in the previously adopted CIP is proceeding as amended by the SFMTA Board of Directors.  At the same time, the Sustainable Streets Division is developing a new methodology for the CIP.  The revised CIP will be brought before the CAC and the SFMTA Board of Directors later this year.

Public Comment:


9. Committee Member requests for information: (For discussion only)

  • Joan Downey made the following requests for information:

o Information on the policy for operators that dogs be muzzled before boarding vehicles.

o The final destination displayed on the 37 Corbett bus marquee should be changed from “Park Ridge Drive” to “Twin Peaks.” 

o Information on using the Clipper Card when loaded with a fast pass.  Chairman Murphy assigned the matter to the FAC.

  • Sue Vaughan asked for information on bike paths at St. Francis Circle during and after the track replacement project.

10. Schedule upcoming calendar items:  (For discussion only)

Next regular meeting:  Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074

ADJOURN:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Debra J. Reed
SFMTA CAC - Secretary

Accessible meeting policy – One South Van Ness Avenue

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