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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, July 15, 2009, at 4 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 4:12 p.m. 

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

EMSC Members absent:  Steve Ferrario

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

2. Public Comment:  None

3. Adopt Minutes of June 17, 2009: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of June 17: Adopted
Ayes – Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Ferrario and Riessen)

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report.

5. Capital Projects Review (Discussion/Action) Frank Markowitz

Greg Riessen arrived at 4:16 p.m.

Frank Markowitz, senior planner, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that while the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a two-year document, the SFMTA Board requested a one-year update due tochanges in the economy, new funding sources, anddelays in someof the funding sources. The SFMTA will need to make decisions to defer some projects.

While ninety percent of the Central Subway project is funded, there remains a $164 million funding gap. The Transit Effectiveness Project, the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project, the Better Streets Plan and the Bike Plan are underfunded. Rehabilitation of the light rail vehicles is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but the rehabilitation of motor coaches is underfunded.

The list of current projects with their prioritization scores will be presented to the Board for approval on September 15.  Following the Board’s approval of the projects, the prioritization method will be changed.  Projects will be evaluated on financial and environmental sustainability.  The revised five-year CIP will go to the Board for adoption in June 2010.

6. Saint Francis Circle Track Replacement (Discussion/Action) Terrance Fahey and Ha Nguyen

Terrance Fahey, civil engineer, Capital Construction, Transportation Planning and Development, responded to the EMSC’s proposed changes to the platform design and traffic patterns at the Saint Francis Circle.  He stated that there is not enough room to expand the low-boarding platform to accommodate a three-car train without eliminating parking.  In addition, lengthening the platform would increase the distance for disabled people to get to get to the ramp by 100 feet.  The platform, as designed, will be moved 50 feet northward from its present location.  NextBus will be provided.  The tracks will be fastened to a concrete slab in order to minimize vibration.  The crossover is being moved 160 feet northeast from its current location.

Ha Nguyen, project manager, Capital Construction, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that outreach meetings will be scheduled between August and September 2009.  Construction is scheduled to start in June 2010. 

Chairman Weaver asked about the possibility of permanently closing the Sloat Boulevard/West Portal intersection.  Mr. Fahey stated that the proposal to close the intersection was rejected by the Parking and Traffic Division; however, he will request reconsideration.  

7. Baby Stroller Policy (Discussion/Action)

Ruth Wheeler stated that the Baby Stroller Policy needs to be more discernable on the SFMTA Web site. 

Ruth Wheeler moved the following recommendation:

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA post the Baby Stroller Policy at all Muni Metro stations and on the SFMTA Web site.

The SFMTA CAC further recommends that the Baby Stroller Policy be revised as follows:

1. It is the parent’s decision as to whether the child is safer in the stroller or being held by the parent, as the parent would know the capabilities the particular stroller that he/she is bringing on board the vehicle.

2. If the child is left in the stroller:

a. The stroller must have brakes.  If it is a stroller without brakes, it must be folded up, and the child must be held by the parent.

b. The child must be strapped down or belted within the stroller.

c. Whether sitting or standing, the parent must keep one hand on the stroller to prevent it from moving in the event of sudden stops.

3. Strollers will only be allowed on vehicles and trains when there is room. Travel during commute hours (weekdays 5 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.) is discouraged (and may be refused) and restricted to only those transit vehicles without crowding issues.

4. Strollers cannot block the pathway of people moving to and from the exits at anytime.  It is recommended and permissible to fold up the seats in the wheelchair securement area for strollers, provided there are no wheelchair customers needing the space or passengers needing seats.

5. Strollers are not allowed on station escalators.

On motion to revise the Baby Stroller Policy: Adopted
Ayes – Riessen, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Ferrario)

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

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

Next regular meeting:  August 19, 2009, at 4 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3075

• Automatic Train Control System

• Allocation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding

• Saint Francis Circle Track Replacement update

10. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:38 p.m.

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

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