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Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3072
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call:  Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. 

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

EMSC Members absent:  Greg Riessen.

SFMTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present:  Norman Rolfe and Ruth Wheeler.

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

3. Adopt Minutes from  June 11, June 25 and July 23, 2008  (Discussion/Action)

On motion to adopt the minutes of June 11, 2008: Adopted: Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver and Wieser

On motion to adopt the minutes of June 25, 2008: Adopted: Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver and Wieser

On motion to adopt the minutes of July 23, 2008: Adopted: Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver and Wieser

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report.

5. Safety of Wrap-around signs on Vehicles – Hazard Analysis Work Group Review (Discussion/Action) Michael Kirchanski

Michael Kirchanski, Manager, Office of Health and Safety, presented a report from the Hazard Analysis Board regarding transit vehicles with vinyl wraps.  He stated the Board noted that sealed windows block the ability of windows to be used as emergency exits.  For egress the mitigation would be to cut the vinyl around windows.  Mr. Kirchanski further stated that the Board noted that low vision passengers need to see street and station signs and need to recognize people waiting for them.   For perceptibility the mitigation would be to remove wraps from windows. 

Mr. Kirchanski stated that the final report would be provided to the CAC.  Jason Gallegos, Principal Administrative Analyst, stated that the advertising RFP was submitted last week.  Current wrapped vehicles are experimental.  Changes to the Advertising Policy will occur at a future date. 

6. Boarding Island and Shelter Maintenance Programs (Discussion/Action) Jason Gallegos, Catherine Carr and Michael Hale.

Jason Gallegos, Principal Administrative Analyst, Real Estate, stated that the contract includes maintenance for 1100 transit shelters, 39 kiosks, 132 low-level boarding platforms and 30-plus high-level boarding platforms.

Catherine Carr, Clear Channel Transit Manager, reviewed the maintenance policy regarding the bi-weekly cleaning schedule and general cleaning around structures within a five-foot radius, which included the removal of stickers, graffiti, weeds, trash and broken glass.  Michael Hale, Clear Channel Supervisor of Operations, stated that construction of new transit shelters will begin in March 2009 at a rate of 220 per year over a five year period. 

Chairman Weaver stated that the condition of the transit shelter and the boarding island pavements in many locations is an aggravating problem.  People eat on buses and transit islands, trashcans are missing and there is no enforcement.  Mr. Hale stated that 311 Service calls are given priority and are a critical part of the maintenance program.  His crew’s response times exceed contract requirements, especially for calls regarding broken glass with response times of one to six hours.  Mr. Hale stated that he will be experimenting with different cleaning solvents. 

7. Fix Masonic Petition (Discussion/Action) Jessica Lynn Manzi, Mark Christiansen and Jeremy Nelson

Mark Christiansen, Fix Masonic, stated that the Board of Supervisors made a request to the SFMTA to conduct a planning process to make Masonic a healthy street.  While not yet implemented, lowering the speed to 25 mph has been approved.  An exception was granted by the courts to provide a special signal at Masonic and Fell to provide safer crossing.  A grant from the Department Public Health was provided to WalkSF to study solutions. 

Jeremy Nelson from Nelson Nygaard presented information on various design options that include vehicle lane removals, turn pockets, pedestrian refuge islands, bicycle lanes, count-down signals and landscaping.   

Jessica Lynn Manzi, Associate Engineer, stated that the SFMTA is considering one of the proposed options with modifications, but funding needs to be identified.  While half the funding is coming from existing bike program funds, the SFMTA is planning to submit a request to the Transportation Authority to complete the $150,000 project. 

Completion of the draft EIS/EIR is expected by Thanksgiving 2008 with hopes that it will be certified by the Board of Supervisors by Summer 2009. 

8. E-Alert Data (Discussion/Action) Murray Bond, Maggie Lynch, Deanna DeSedas and Charles Belov

Charles Belov, Webmaster, gave a presentation of E-Alert and the signup process.  Mr. Belov stated that future plans include traffic alerts, street closures and re-routes.   Sign up will become available at www. 

Chairman Weaver suggested adding parking information.  Mr. Bond stated that the systems for SFpark and for SFMTA-Alerts might not be compatible.  He will have Deanna DeSedas, Marketing/CommunityOutreach Manager, look into the possibility of getting access to SFpark information for SFMTA-Alerts.

9. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests (Discussion) 

Ruth Wheeler asked how much was spent on maintenance last year and at what percent of the operational budget.

10. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items (Discussion/Action)

Next regular meeting:  September 24, 2008, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

  • Transit Priority Signaling Program – Britt Tanner
  • Rolling Stock – ETI vehicles problem, maintenance plans for trolley and diesel
  • 4th and King Streets, Transit Priority, signal phasing, derailment and switching issues - John Byrd

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:02 p.m.

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

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