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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

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

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario, Daniel Weaver, Ruth Wheeler and Jamison Wieser

EMSC Members absent:  Greg Riessen

SFMTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present:  Norman Rolfe

2. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda:  None

3. Adopt Minutes of March 25, 2009 

On motion to adopt the minutes of March 25, 2009: Adopted
Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
Absent – Riessen

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report.

5. Change the EMSC Regular Meeting Day:

Chairman Weaver moved that the regular meeting day for the EMSC be changed to the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

On motion to change the EMSC meeting date:  Adopted
Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
Absent – Riessen

6. Rubber Tire Maintenance Report:  David Hill

David Hill, Deputy Director, Bus Operations, stated that the money from the federal stimulus program can only be used for maintenance/overhaul.  Sixty Neoplan coaches have been identified for overhaul. 

Since Orion Bus Industries went out of business locating parts for their hybrid buses has become difficult.  Bio diesel fuel has been problematic; fuel pump filters that normally last nine to ten months must be replaced every one to two weeks.  Vehicles are in need of paint due to the corrosive effect of chemicals used to remove graffiti.  Fare boxes are obsolete; new technology can accommodate electronic and credit card payments. 

Steve Ferrario stated that a reserve fleet is needed for post emergency responses to disasters.  Mr. Hill stated that the Federal Transit Authority placed a 20 percent limit on reserve fleets consisting of vehicles purchased with grant money.   

7. Boarding Island and Shelter Maintenance Programs: Jason Gallegos and Catherine Carr

Catherine Carr, Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor, stated that Clear Channel cleans and maintains boarding islands and shelters on a biweekly basis.  The operation includes removing gum and power washing.   Repainting boarding island guardrails is being accomplished under a separate contract.  A separate contract was negotiated to repainting boarding island guardrails.  Documentation is available at

Jason Gallegos, Principal Administrative Analyst, Real Estate, stated that five new shelters will be installed in April 2009.  The final design, following public comment, will be ordered in June 2009.  Solar roves will provide power for lighting; however, the technology has not advanced enough to power NextBus monitors.  Electrically powered shelters can run NextBus monitors.   Boarding islands will continue to have no power and therefore will not have NextBus monitors.

8. Stroller and Bicycle Policies of the SFMTA and Other Transit Systems:  Paul Petersen

Paul Petersen, Deputy Director, Safety and Training, stated that operators have discretion as to whether they would transport objects that may be hazardous and must be folded and stored.  During rush hours, large objects, such as strollers, are treated as hazardous objects.  Strollers could be permitted on vehicles with light passenger loads at the discretion of the operators.  The stroller policy is available at

9. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests: 

Chairman Weaver requested information regarding the policy on non-service dogs during commute hours.

10. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items:

Next regular meeting:  May 20, 2009, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

• The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Plans for Rail Rehabilitation and Overhaul

• Update on Capital Projects Program

• Stroller discussion

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

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

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