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

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee


Wednesday, March 8, 2010, 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 4:06 p.m. 

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

EMSC Members absent:  Steve Ferrario and Greg Riessen

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

3. Adopt minutes of January 25, 2010:

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

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report.

5. FY11/12 Capital Budgets (Discussion/Action) Darton Ito and Tim Papandreou

Timothy Papandreou, deputy director, Transportation Planning, Sustainable Streets Division, presented an overview of the FY11/FY12 Capital Budget. It is a two-year budget for construction and construction-related projects.  It is constrained by the expected revenues.

Mr. Papandreou reviewed the status of the FY09/10 Capital Budget. FY09 actual capital expenditures were $88 million as compared to the Capital Budget expenditure limit of $762 million. Revenues were lower than expected. In particular, State Infrastructure Bonds from Prop 1B and the Central Subway federal full funding agreement were delayed. Local sales tax revenues were down. This required rescoping a number of major projects to fit the available funding, which substantially delayed progress. The operating budget crisis and hiring freeze affected the ability to staff new or expanding projects.  However, FY10 capital expenditures are expected to reach around $157 million compared to the forecasted $353 million.

The proposed Capital Budget includes an expenditure limit of $375 million in FY11 and $377 million in FY12, based on expected funding and the capability to manage projects. “State of Good Repair” project expenditures, such as asset rehabilitation and/or replacement projects are expected to be slightly higher than expenditures for Enhancement and Expansion projects. The FY11/12 Capital Budgets will be submitted to the SFMTA Board in April. It is based on recent expenditure patterns, adjusted to include projects that will occur over the next two years. For example, groundbreaking for the Central Subway project was recently held. This project is scheduled to complete final design and start construction over the next two years, thus substantially increasing its expenditures.

The 5 to 20-year Capital Investment Plan is expected to be submitted to the SFMTA Board this fall. It will be based on a new prioritization approach being developed in close cooperation with the CAC and other stakeholders.

In response to questions, Darton Ito, manager, Capital System Planning, Sustainable Streets Division, stated that the vehicle rehabilitation schedule will be updated in the next few months. Ongoing LRV overhaul work has focused on maintaining key components. Construction for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project is expected to commence in FY13. Staff decisions on bus specifications and procurement are being coordinated with the overall Fleet Plan.

Public Comment:


Chairman Weaver moved that the EMSC endorse the F11/12 Capital Budgets:  Adopted
Ayes – Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
Absent – Ferrario and Riessen

6. 19th Avenue Corridor (Discussion/Action) Peter Albert

Peter Albert, deputy director, Economic Development, Long Range Planning, Sustainable Streets, stated that the Better Streets Plan calls for improvements to make key elements pedestrian friendly.  The growth of the SF State University student population, along with residential and commercial development, a conference hotel and a transit village are expected to increase pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle activity along the 19th Avenue corridor.  The 19th Avenue Corridor Study sponsored Supervisor Sean Elsbernd is an analysis of 19th Avenue between Sloat Boulevard and Daly City.  Rick Cooper, Major Environmental Analyses, City Planning Department, is the project manager.  Mr. Albert has been working with various agencies, developers and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to orchestrate improvements along the corridor.  Caltrans maintains 19th Avenue as a state highway, including bus relocations, sidewalk bulbs and changes to the timing of pedestrian signals.  The Transportation Authority is involved in the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard Transportation Plan and the Countywide Transportation Plan.  The SFMTA Transit Effectiveness Project has transit changes for the corridor.  SF State is offering a bike route through their campus.  BART has been working on its Daly City Station Plan.  Park Merced/Stellar Management proposed improvements to add streetcar capacity.  We want San Francisco to be green transit-oriented with smart growth. 

Chairman Weaver asked about the St. Francis Circle Rail Replacement Project and about the safety of pedestrians and bikes maneuvering through the traffic at Sloat Boulevard and Junipero Serra Boulevard.  Mr. Albert stated that he would ask the planners to consider these matters.

Public Comment:


7. Establishing a regular meeting day and time for meetings of the Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (Discussion/Action)

Dan Weaver moved to establish the fourth Wednesday at 4 p.m. as the regular meeting day and time for the Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee meeting.

On motion to establish the fourth Wednesday at 4 p.m. as the regular meeting day and time for the EMSC: Adopted

Ayes – Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
Absent – Ferrario and Riessen

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

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

Next regular meeting:  April 28, 2010, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

10. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

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

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