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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (MTA CAC)

Engineering, Maintenance & Safety Committee (EMSC)

FINAL Minutes
Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call (Agenda Item 1). The regular meeting of the Engineering, Maintenance & Safety committee (EMSC) was called to order at 2:32 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Daniel Weaver (Chair) presided. A quorum was present including the following:

EMSC Members Present at Roll Call: Daniel Weaver (Chair), Steve Ferrario, Bruce Oka, and Jamison Wieser

EMSC Members Absent: None

MTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present: Daniel Murphy, and Norman Rolfe

MTA Staff (San Francisco Municipal Railway [MUNI] and Department of Parking and Traffic [DPT]) present: Sonali Bose (MTA Chief Finance Officer), Kenneth McDonald (MTA Chief Operations Officer), and Debra Reed (MTA CAC Secretary)

Community Representatives Present: Edward Mason

2. Public Comment – Concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda:


3. Report of the Chair: Daniel Weaver (EMSC Chair) - no report presented

4. BREDA Rebuild (Discussion/ Action)

Participating staff – Kenneth McDonald

A discussion ensued regarding rehabilitation versus new vehicles, based on obsolete technology. Mr. McDonald would like to develop and fund a Master Plan with programs to decide between a complete rehabilitation, upgrades or pieces for trucks, breaks, propulsion, doors and steps systems. The Master Plan would also include a lifecycle program.

5. Switch at 4th and King Streets (Discussion/Action)

Participating staff - Kenneth McDonald

Mr. McDonald reviewed some of the challenges and software upgrades at 4th and King Streets to better work with circuitry divisions. The switch itself worked fine, but maintenance procedures that were reduced perhaps due to costs, should be restored. Mr. McDonald needed solutions from DPT with ongoing traffic problems, especially with regards to motorists making left turns in the intersection.

6. ATCS (Automatic Train Control System) (Discussion/Action)

Participating staff – Kenneth McDonald

A discussion ensued. Mr. Ferrario felt that the ATCS was an over-engineered failure resulting in decreased ridership and needed to be replaced by a simpler system. Mr. McDonald would first, be having a meeting with staff to develop a Rail Track Way Maintenance program, with timelines and costs for regular Ultra Sonic testing, rail grinding (which affects the ATCS), rail replacement, and area repairs within the system, and second, what would be the second generation for ATCS.

7. Bus Shelter Project (Discussion/Action)
Participating staff – Sonali Bose

Ms. Bose distributed and reviewed the PowerPoint handout entitled “San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Transit Shelter Maintenance and Advertising Request for Proposal Summary, April 26, 2007.”

A discussion ensued. MTA received an annual flat sum of $250,000 but no advertisement revenue under the previous shelter contract with Viacom and CBS. The selection panel for the new applicants included 20 members from various City departments, such as, DPW, Arts Commission, S.F. Port, Disability, etc. Public input from the website and City Hall was abundant. The vendor was to be selected July 19, 2007.

8. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items:

Next regular meeting: Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:00 p.m.

9. Adjournment: 4:42 p.m.

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

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