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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, May 20, 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 4:08 p.m. 

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario, Greg Riessen and Daniel Weaver

EMSC Members absent:  Ruth Wheeler and Jamison Wieser

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

3. Adopt minutes of April 15, 2009:

On motion to adopt the minutes of April 15, 2009: Adopted
Ayes – Ferrario, Riessen and Weaver
Absent – Wheeler and Wieser

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report.

5. Update on Capital Projects Program (Discussion/Action) Ha Nguyen, Terrance Fahey and Fariba Mahmoudi

Ha Nguyen, project manager, Capital Construction, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the rail replacement project at St. Francis Circle will be awarded to a contractor in 2009.  September 2010 is the estimated completion date of this project.  The scope of work will include track replacement, a signal priority system and a boarding island with a platform that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Terrance Fahey, civil engineer, Capital Construction, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that while there is not enough room to expand the boarding island for a three-car train because of the requirements for location of the handicapped elevated boarding area.  The track circuitry will prevent trains from blocking the intersection.  The tracks will be installed with the direct fixation method in order to minimize train traffic vibration. 

Fariba Mahmoudi, civil engineer, Project Management & Controls Section, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the funds are for replacement work, so there could be no street redesign.  Steve Ferrario expressed disappointment that staff is bypassing this opportunity to lengthen the stop to a three-car boarding island.  Greg Riessen stated that other opportunities are available to make to St. Francis intersection more functional and safer for streetcars, private vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.  One of the alternative configurations would actually be constructed as part of an interim intersection during track replacement and could be made permanent.

Darton Ito, manager, Capital System Planning, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the five-year Capital Improvement Program was adopted in June 2008.  On August 2009, staff will present an update to the SFMTA Board on current projects. In December 2009, the staff will present a formal update, which would include new projects. 

6. The Bike Plan and Legislative Projects (Discussion/Action) Oliver Gajda

Oliver Gajda, Bicycle Program manager, Transportation Planning and Development, stated that the Bike Plan includes filling in the gaps of the bicycle network, providing bike parking, increasing traffic enforcement and education, and improving access to transit and bridges.  Staff has been refining 60 near-term bicycle projects.  On Friday, May 29, 2009, the SFMTA will hold a public hearing on many of the proposed bicycle projects at City Hall.  The final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report is scheduled to be certified by the San Francisco Planning Commission in June 2009.  Staff will ask the SFMTA Board to approve the bicycle plan and approve the California Environmental Quality Act findings.  There have been several community workshops.  He also reviewed several long-term projects and funding sources.  The Bike Plan is available at 

Dan Weaver moved the following recommendation:

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA approve the findings of the California Environmental Quality Act related to the bicycle plan Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report, adopt the San Francisco Bicycle Plan and legislate the bicycle projects.

On motion regarding the San Francisco Bicycle Plan: Adopted
Ayes – Ferrario, Riessen and Weaver
Absent – Wheeler and Wieser

7. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  and Plans for Rail Rehabilitation and Overhaul (Discussion/Action) Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen, senior program manager, Operations Management & Contract Administration, Muni Operations, stated that the SFMTA issued a Request for Proposals in May 2009 to rehabilitate five systems:  1) Door and Step, 2) Air Supply, 3) Automatic Coupler, 4) Articulation Wiring, and 5) Trailer Truck PCS-2 Cable.  $15 million of this project will be funded with federal economic stimulus funds.  The pre-proposal conference for this project is scheduled for May 27, 2009.  Rehabilitation projects are listed at the SFMTA website.

The Transportation Authority has approved funding to repair eight vehicles damaged in accidents.  

8. Strollers on Transit (Discussion/Action)

Chairman Weaver continued the item.

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


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

Next regular meeting:  June 17, 2009, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

• Capital projects update.

• Format of capital projects quarterly report.

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

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

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