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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, September 24, 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 4:06 p.m. 

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario, Daniel Weaver and Ruth Wheeler (Pro Temp for Jamison Wieser)

EMSC Members absent:  Greg Riessen and Jamison Wieser

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

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

3. Adopt minutes of August 27, 2008: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of August 27, 2008: Adopted: Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver and Wheeler (Absent – Riessen and Wieser)

4. Report of the Chairman:  Dan Weaver

No report presented.

5. Rolling Stock – ETI vehicle problems, maintenance plans for trolley and diesel (Discussion/Action) Elson Hao

Elson Hao, Principle Engineer, Operations Engineering, stated that there is no funding available for a midlife overhaul program for the diesel buses.  $4 million has been identified to replace engines, transmissions and cooling systems for 60 of the 375 buses.  Mr. Hao estimated a cost of $7 million for annual diesel maintenance.

273 ETI Trolley buses have been refurbished.  110 out 163 trolley axels have been replaced under warranty; however, the manufacturer is experiencing financial problems.  A traction motor replacement program may be the next maintenance project.

The 14-year old Flyer trolley buses are past their manufacturer’s warranty period.  Axels and air compressor dryers are being replaced in-house.  The cooling systems are being supplemented with fans.  The Flyers have problems with their auxiliary inverter units and battery charger units. 

6. Transit Priority Signaling Program (Discussion/Action) Britt Tanner and John Byrd

John Byrd, Deputy Director, Rail Operations, gave an overview of recent operator and inspector training, interlocking switch changes, signaling upgrades and pavement striping at the 4th and King Streets intersection.  He stated that the startup of the Muni Metro East facility was a success.

Britt Tanner, Engineer, Transit Effectiveness Project, gave an overview of the TEP implementation including transit priority signal technology, stop consolidation and bus bulbs.

7. Central Subway Update (Discussion/Action) John Funghi

John Funghi, Program Manager, Central Subway, stated that the Board of Supervisors approved the Central Subway project.  The final design will be reviewed by FTA and SFMTA operations.  Outside firms will be hired for design, management and construction support.  The Construction Management service contract is currently under review.  The Design RFP will be reviewed later in 2008 followed by the Project Control RFP in 2009.

Steve Ferrario said that longer station platforms are essential for planning and safety.  A stalled train at a short platform could block egress for passengers.  He also expressed concern regarding the plan to have only single exit points at Moscone Center and Chinatown in case of disasters.  Mr. Fungi said that if funding can be identified then changes could be considered.

Mr. Ferrario said there is a $70 million cut to state funds slated for the SFMTA.  Mr. Funghi stated that some projects are being deferred.  The Central Subway project is in the best position to compete for funding. 

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

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

Next regular meeting:  October 22, 2008, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

• Plan for disabled street cars

• Streetcars acquisition plans

• E-Alert

10. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:06 p.m.

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

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