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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 23, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call:  Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:08 p.m. 

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

EMSC Members absent:  Jamison Wieser

SFMTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present:  Greg Riessen, 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 of June 11, 2008: 

Adoption of the June 11, 2008 minutes was continued.

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

Chairman Weaver stated that E-Alert has accuracy problems.  A passenger reported being passed by two dead-heading trains leaving her to wait a half an hour for a J-train.  Last Wednesday, a wire was down at Phelan and Ocean Avenues.  E-Alert reported that the problem was fixed at 9:45 a.m. however at 9:55 a.m. Chairman Weaver spotted a bus picking up passengers at Dorado and Ocean Avenues.  Chairman Weaver observed street supervisors directing trains to turn around at West Portal and at San Francisco State University.  Central Control should be reporting service gaps of 15 minutes or more.  The E-Alert consultant should have access to the same information as Central Control.

5. Safety of Wrap-around signs on Vehicles (Discussion/ Action) Michael Kirchanski

Michael Kirchanski, Manager, Office of Health and Safety, stated that the safety of fully wrapped LRVs and buses is being discussed in the newly established Safety, Security and Enforcement Department.  The Change Control Board is an internal review process established with representation from the Operations, the Safety and the Security Departments to evaluate security and safety effecting changes such as fully wrapped vehicles.  There is a concern that some of the marketing and advertising projects have bypassed the Change Control Board process. 

Mr. Kirchanski stated that a compromise could be a design that partially covers the window.  Steve Ferrario felt that clear windows could diminish the revenues.   

Mr. Ferrario said people need to be able to see street signs.  Mr. Kirchanski stated that the Muni Accessibility Advisory Committee should evaluate wrapped ads for possible vision problems.

Mr. Kirchanski agreed to assemble the Hazard Analysis Work Group to report on hazards of the wrapped ads trial for the next EMSC meeting. 

6. Trolley Bus Maintenance (Discussion/ Action) Don Gee

Don Gee, Superintendent, was not present.

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

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

Next regular meeting:  August 27, 2008, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

• Fix Masonic Petition – Oliver Gajda

• Bus shelters and boarding island maintenance – Jason Gallegos and Gail Stein

• Hazard Analysis Work Group – Michael Kirchanski

• Trolley Bus Maintenance Plans – Don Gee and Samuel Lau

9. Adjournment:  5:38 p.m.

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

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