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Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 6, 2008, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
Chairman Daniel Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:34 p.m.

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call: Mary Burns, Art Cimento, Joan Downey, Emily Drennen (departed at 5:45 p.m.), Steve Ferrario, Daniel Murphy, Greg Riessen (departed at 7:17 p.m.), Norman Rolfe, Dorris Vincent (departed at 6:20 p.m.) and Jamison Wieser.

SFMTA CAC members present, but absent at Roll Call: Griffith Humphrey arrived at 5:35 p.m.

SFMTA CAC absent: Cesar Perez and Daniel Weaver

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

David Pilpel stated that a rider was circulating a petition to save the 66-Quintara line. He also stated that he was encouraged by the creativity of the Transportation Effectiveness Policy, but he felt there was too much focus on moving service from coverage models to primary corridor models.

3. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy scheduled a special CAC meeting on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the capital and the operations budgets.

Chairman Murphy and Vice Chairman Ferrario met with Mr. Ford to discuss the CAC recommendation to hire outside firms for improvements with way-finding.

4. Staff Report (Discussion/Action) Caroline Celaya

Ms. Celaya, CAC Liaison, presented the staff report.

5. Transit Effectiveness Policy (Discussion/Action) Julie Kirschbaum and Peter Straus

Julie Kirschbaum, TEP Program Manager, presented an overview of TEP route changes.

Joan Downey said that she wanted to see service improvements to tourist attractions, such as the Golden Gate Park, Pier 39 and the Golden Gate Bridge. Double parking continues to be a problem for transit on Carl Street and throughout the City.

Jamison Wieser said that taking the J-Church line out of the tunnel and servicing the route from the surface with PCC trains or purchasing low-floor trams would free up subway traffic. He added that using trolley coaches on Mission Street as limited service during the day but alternating to local service in the evening would confuse passengers.

Art Cimento said that operator absenteeism and customer service continues to be a problem.

Steve Ferrario said that the Castro shuttle service is an indispensable supplement to the K, L and M lines. Reducing auto traffic along Market Street would speed up transit service in the downtown area.

Norman Rolfe said if the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza stop for the 28 – 19th Avenue line were to be eliminated that the SFMTA should work with Golden Gate Transit to honor Muni transfers and passes between the Bridge Plaza and stops in San Francisco.

Chairman Murphy said that the overlapping of the J-Church and the M-Oceanview lines at Stonestown would improve traffic and benefit shoppers.

Griffith Humphrey asked if there any changes for paratransit services. Ms. Kirschbaum said that they met with the paratransit committee for their input, but the TEP did not specifically analyze the paratransit system.

6. Council Members’ Questions and Comments (Discussion)

• Dorris Vincent said that service has vastly improved on the T-Third line.

• Jamison Wieser said there is an SSID (Service Set Identifier) broadcast for the subway that asks I-phone users if they want to log on to the secure network. Broadcasting the SSID is a security risk.

• Mary Burns asked what is being done about the reported violence on the 14-Mission line between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. from Fourth to 30th Streets.

7. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled

Next regular meeting: April 3, 2008 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m.

8. Adjournment: 7:36 p.m.

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

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