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

Regular Meeting

Thursday, July 12, 2007, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
Chairman Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m.
A quorum was present including the following:

MTA CAC Members Present at Roll Call: Daniel Murphy (Chair), Steve Ferrario (Vice Chair), Mary Burns, Emily Drennen, Griffith Humphrey, Bruce Oka, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe, Dorris Vincent, Daniel Weaver, and Jamison Wieser.

MTA CAC Absent: Art Cimento, Joan Downey, and Cesar Perez.

MTA Staff (San Francisco Municipal Railway [MUNI] and Department of Parking and Traffic [DPT]) Present: Sonalie Bose (Chief Finance Officer), Gail Stein (Principal Administrative Analyst), Jamie Osborne (Assessable Services), Judson True (MTA CAC Liaison), and Debra Reed (MTA CAC Secretary).

Community Representatives Present: Joan Barkan

2. Adopt the MTA CAC Minutes of June 7th and June 14th of 2007:

June minutes were adopted.

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

Ms. Barkan expressed concerns about crowding on the N Judah line.

4. Report of the Chair: Daniel Murphy (MTA CAC Chair)

Jamison Wieser volunteered to replace Bruce Oka as chair of the Planning and Marketing Committee (PMC).

5. Election of the Chair:

Norman Rolfe nominated Daniel Murphy as Chairperson for the CAC.
2nd by Mary Burns.

Daniel Murphy for Chairperson. Ayes – Murphy, Ferrario, Burns, Drennen, Humphrey, Oka, Riessen, Rolfe, Vincent, Weaver, and Wieser
Nays - None

6. Election of the Vice Chair:

Dorris Vincent nominated Steve Ferrario as Vice Chairperson for the CAC.
2nd by Dan Weaver.

Steve Ferrario for Vice Chairperson. Ayes – Murphy, Ferrario, Burns, Drennen, Humphrey, Oka, Riessen, Rolfe, Vincent, Weaver, and Wieser
Nays - None

7. Staff Report – Judson True

Mr. True distributed and reviewed June 2007 staff report.

Staff-Initiated Items

8. Transit Shelter RFP (Discussion/Action) Gail Stein and Jamie Osborne

Ms. Stein announced that on June 19, 2007, of the 3 proposers, Clear Channel Outdoor was the winning bidder for the City’s transit contract. The MTA would be negotiating with Clear Channel. The contract would be presented to the MTA Board for approval on August 21, 2007. After approval from the Port Commission and the Board of Supervisors, the Agency would have 3 months to decide on designs (March 2008). Ms. Stein distributed the SFMTA Transit Shelter RFP Schedule, the Transit Shelter Survey Talley, and a picture of a proposed canopy shelter design for Metro stations with descending escalators.

Public comments on the various shelters, received by June 13, 2007 would be posted on the website at by July 16, 2007.

Questions and Comments from the CAC

Daniel Murphy expressed concerns regarding shelters having adequate rain drainage to protect waiting patrons from rain. Emily Drennen pointed out that glass ceilings of some of the designs, such as the canopy design, had sizeable gaps between the glass plates and may prove inadequate as protection from the rain. Mary Burns added that curved ceilings instead of flat ceilings would hold up better for rain.

Steve Ferrario would the designers retain rights to their designs? Response: According the to RFP, designs submitted to the Agency belonged to the Agency. Various features among the designs from proposers other than Clear Channel could possibly be used, but legal advice would be sought.

Mr. Ferrario pointed out that the canopy escalator design featured a screen that could be used as a video screen with a separate contract outside the scope of the bus shelter contract.

Mary Burns felt that the flat ceilings such as the canopy design were easily climbable and easy for people to stand on. Curved ceilings would be less inviting to climbers and more aesthetically attractive.

Ms. Burns asked about waste baskets. Dan Weaver pointed out that there was a bad problem with trash cans being stolen from the platforms.

Emily Drennen would like to see more seating also solar and electrical power for lighting.

Ms. Drennen felt it would be nice to know where you were when you got off the bus. Dan Murphy added that for way-finding purposes, the shelter could indicate the intersection location as well as the route of bus.

Greg Riessen asked the bicycles sharing facility. Emily Drennen pointed out a need for adding bike parking. Response: The Agency was looking into pricing, however the court injunction, which was wider than the EIR, prohibited any activity in regards to bicycles, including shelters, bicycle lanes, bike racks, etc. Jamie Osborne pointed out that it would be difficult to accommodate everyone, due to space limitation; the shelter must accommodate more seating, space for wheelchair users, walkers, etc. and that locking bikes to shelters could create a hazard.

9. Charter Amendments (Discussion/Action) Judson True

Mr. True distributed the updated Charter Amendments document (version 2) authored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin. Discussion ensued. The CAC went on record supporting Supervisor Peskin’s measure, but opposing Supervisors McGoldrick’s/Sandavol’s measure.


July 10, 2007 to Board of Supervisors

July 17, 2007 amended by Supervisor Peskin with version 3 and public comment

July 24, 2007 potential vote

July 31, 2007 potential vote

Questions and Comments from the CAC

Emily Drennen’s inquiry about other ballot measures (below):

Parking Protection Amendment, Response: The Neighborhood Parking Measure is a planning code to increase the ratios for parking downtown and in neighborhoods. Language in the Charter Amendments along with other amendments could eclipse the Parking Protection Amendment. Norman Rolfe commented that Parking Protection Amendment was in conflict with Transit First.

Revenue Measure, Response: There was an on-going revenue/funding panel appointed by Mayor Newsom and staffed by Sonali Bose (MTA-CFO) to review the MTA’s finance with the goal of a revenue package with some of the elements going to the ballot in November and February. Supervisor Peskin’s Charter Amendment contains fiscal measures: the future impact would mean $26 million for the following fiscal year. Another provision would direct all revenue increases from future citation fines increases directly to the MTA rather than sharing funds with the General Fund.

Council-Initiated Items

10. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Operations and Customer Service Committee (OCSC)

Motion 070618.07: The MTA CAC recommends that the MTA consider applying the saturation strategy successfully used in enforcing Residential Parking Permits to the enforcement of laws against sidewalk parking.

CAC passed (Ayes – Murphy (Chair), Ferrario, Burns, Drennen, Humphrey, Oka, Riessen, Rolfe, Vincent, Weaver, and Wieser).

11. Committee Reports:


12. Agenda Planning for the Next CAC Meeting:

Agenda planning for the Next Regular Meeting is tentatively scheduled for August of 2007, 5:30 p.m., 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, but Chair Murphy will announced which date.

13. Adjournment: 7:21 p.m.

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

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