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

Regular Meeting

Thursday, November 1, 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 5:34 p.m.

MTA CAC members present at Roll Call: Daniel Murphy (Chair), Steve Ferrario (Vice Chair), Mary Burns, Art Cimento, Joan Downey, Emily Drennen, Griffith Humphrey, Bruce Oka, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe, Daniel Weaver, and Jamison Wieser.

MTA CAC members present, but absent at Roll Call: Dorris Vincent arrived at 5:39 pm.

MTA CAC absent: Cesar Perez.

MTA staff and other city departments present: Caroline Celaya (MTA CAC Liaison), Travis Fox, Frank Markowitz, Darton Ito, Roberta Boomer, Ron Niewiarowski, Sonali Bose CFO, Steve Bell, and Debra Reed (CAC Secretary).

2. Adopt minutes of August 14, 2007:

Motion to adopt minutes: unanimously approved. (Absent - Cesar Perez.)

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

Susan Ketazawa reported about violent incidences that she had witnessed along the Mission Corridor and in Bernal Heights. Chairman Murphy assigned the issue of S.F. Police Department involvement in customer and operator safety on SFMTA vehicles to the Operations and Customer Service Committee for discussion.

David Pilpel reported seeing political flyers on SFMTA vehicles to the Ethics Commission. The SFMTA should remain neutral. Chairman Murphy stated that Executive Director Nathaniel P. Ford had instructed staff to remove any “Proposition A” flyers found on SFMTA vehicles.

Mr. Pilpel wanted to find out who would be filling the three vacant senior officer positions.

Chairman Murphy stated that it is not in the CAC’s jurisdiction to investigate personnel matters but the CAC could discuss specific jobs functions.

Mr. Pilpel stated that he has not seen any the Automatic Passenger Counters (APC) on any of the hybrid buses. Chairman Murphy requested information regarding when the APC would be installed on the 8400 and 8500-series buses.

Mr. Pilpel said that several years ago the MTA provided the CAC with a list of upcoming discussion items with a time projection of 6 to 24 months. Chairman Murphy said that he would follow up with the SFMTA staff regarding the list.

4. Report of the Chair: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy thanked Roberta Boomer for securing 1 So. Van Ness Avenue as an on-going CAC meeting location. Chairman Murphy stated that another location would be used for any meeting at which a large number of the public were expected to attend.

Chairman Murphy stated that CAC Committee Chairmen are to submit their agendas to the CAC Secretary, Debra Reed not later than ten days prior to the date of the meeting.

5. Staff Report (Discussion) Caroline Celaya

Ms. Celaya presented the November 1, 2007 staff report.

Questions and Comments

Art Cimento said that he would like the report to include progress reports of SFMTA activities. For example, as a result of Transit Effectiveness Project, what changes have the SFMTA been making?

Joan Downey stated that she has seen ambulance employees parked in bus zones while making lunch and other food purchases. She stated that the SFMTA should write a letter to the S.F. Fire Department to remind ambulance personnel that it is illegal to park in bus zones unless they are responding to emergency calls.

Norman Rolfe asked what affect Proposition K would have on the transit shelter agreement. Sonali Bose stated that the Proposition would have no affect since the agreement is non-binding.

Dan Weaver asked about the changes made to the Transit Shelter Agreement by the Board of Supervisors. Sonali Bose stated the agreement’s language was clarified that up to 150 commercial kiosks or commercial signal control covers would be built during the term of the Agreement. Language was added to require a hearing before the SFMTA Board of Directors prior to the implementation of any experimental advertisements. Language has been added to reflect that options in the Agreement for a bicycle-sharing program or station canopies will require the approval of the SFMTA Board of Directors and the Board of Supervisors prior to implementation. Additionally, a 180-day time limit for the negotiations of the options has been added to the Agreement.

Emily Drennen requested that the CAC have final input for the Transit Shelter Advertising designs. Sonali Bose stated that feedback from both the public and the CAC had already been submitted to the Art Commission. The Art Commission, not the SFMTA, would select the final design.

6. Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP): (Discussion/Action) Frank Markowitz and Darton Ito

Frank Markowitz and Darton Ito presented the SRTP to the PMC for input in October 2007.

Questions and Comments

Norman Rolfe and Dorris Vincent stated that the SFMTA should restore the 15-Third Street line. Citizens from North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Columbus Avenue, Washington Square, and the Bayview Hunters Point areas continue to complain that they are not being served well by the 20-Columbus or the 9-San Bruno lines.

Emily Drennen did not recall if certain items in the SRTP had been brought before the CAC for input, such as the Strategic Plan. Chairman Murphy stated that the Strategic Plan had been presented to the CAC several times. The final plan included changes as suggested by the CAC.

Emily Drennen presented the following motion:

Motion 071101.01 WHEREAS the Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) provides a guide on initiatives to improve Muni service over the next twenty years,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA address the following issues in the SRTP draft:

a) Amend the twenty year Capital Improvement Plan and Operating Financial Plan to:

1. Include documentation on financial assumptions used to develop the budget;

2. Change the budget to provide budget estimations on a multiple year basis for 10 to 20 years instead of on a year-to-year basis; and

3. Include adequate funding to implement actions recommended by the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).

b) Include a section on enhancing passenger amenities and necessities, such as escalator enhancement; accessibility; physical safety; rehabilitation of our aging subway stations; signage and way finding (including full NextMuni roll-out); new seating and shelters; and other issues.

c) Edit the draft to include areas of concern, criticisms, and shortfalls and how the agency plans to address them.

Public Comment

David Pilpel stated that neglected facility maintenance often corresponds with a decline in customer experience. The ability of the Agency’s ability to support basic operations also diminishes.

Susan Ketazawa stated that the recommendation should include accessible signage, accessibility and physical safety.

The motion was unanimously approved. (Absent - Greg Riessen)

7. MTA Parking Meter Program and Audit (Discussion/Action) Steve Bell

Mr. Bell reviewed various Parking Program initiatives.

Questions and Comments

Dan Weaver stated that some city garages were not equipped to process credit card transactions. Sonali Bose said that an RFP has been issued to outfit city-owned garages with credit card equipment.

Joan Downey stated that Parking Control Officers (PCO’s) still refrain from issuing sidewalk violations.

Ms. Downey said that the SFMTA should issue temporary “No Parking” permits, not the S.F. Police Department. Mr. Bell stated that the SFMTA wants to work with the SFPD and the Department of Public Works to transition the issuance of temporary parking permits to the SFMTA.

Ms. Downey said that city departments should purchase parking permits for city-owned vehicles.

Emily Drennen felt that parking meter revenue hours should be expanded to include evenings, Sundays and Holidays. Revenue could be shared with the neighborhoods for beautification projects. Sonali Bose said that per the Charter, the SFMTA could not direct parking meter funds to non-transit projects.

Public Comment

David Pilpel asked about PCO deployment. Chairman Murphy and Ms. Downey stated that Deputy Chief Antonio Parra reviewed his PCO saturation plan with the Operations and Customer Service Committee.

8. FY08-Q1 Service Standards: (Discussion/Action) Travis Fox

Mr. Fox reviewed the updated MTA FY08-Q1 Service Standards Report dated November 1, 2007.

Questions and Comments

Joan Downey said that the report should include more narrative for clarification.

Public Comment

David Pilpel said that the report was well done.

9. Committee Reports

10. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Motion 071010.01 The MTA CAC recommends that the direct ATCS Track Presentation be displayed on the new Subway Platform Video Monitors, until a new proposed presentation has been methodically tested for "ease of use" and "accuracy". The level of accuracy for any new proposed presentation should be equal to or better than the current ATCS display.

Motion was unanimously approved (Absent - Cesar Perez).

11. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Finance and Administration Committee (FAC)

Motion 071017.02 The MTA CAC recommends that the MTA pursues an agreement with BART by which disabled stickers would be valid for use as flash passes for BART rides within San Francisco as an interim solution before the implementation of Translink.

Motion was unanimously approved (Absent - Cesar Perez).

Public Comment

David Pilpel stated that it would be beneficial to include a report on the anticipated number of Senior, Disabled and Youth fast pass users riding BART.

12. Recommendation from a CAC Committee (Discussion/Action)
Finance and Administration Committee (FAC)

Motion 071017.03 WHEREAS BART defines their “youth” riders within a smaller age range than other transit agencies in the Bay Area; and

WHEREAS BART and MTA Boards will need to negotiate a shared definition of “youth” in order to allow Muni youth fast pass riders on the intra-San Francisco BART system;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the MTA CAC urges the MTA Board to pursue these policy negotiations with BART and/or the MTC with expediency.

Motion was unanimously approved (Absent - Cesar Perez).

13. Council Members’ Questions and Comments: (Discussion)

Greg Riessen asked about the status of cameras on buses. Sonali Bose said that the project would begin in January 2008.

Dorris Vincent asked about the removal of seats removed bus shelters at Palou & 3rd Streets, Mission Bay, and Kirkwood. Seniors are left with no seating. Chairman Murphy designated the question as an information request.

Public Comment

David Pilpel stated that higher volume stops, especially those frequented by senior and disabled riders, could be correlated with the need for seating.

Mary Burns stated that the protected left turn signal was installed eastbound on Sloat Boulevard at 19th Avenue.

Ms. Burns stated that some of the Metro subway maps were outdated. Chairman Murphy designated the question as an information request.

Joan Downey stated that she has been receiving redacted service operation reports.

14. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:

Next regular meeting: December 6, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m. There will be no committee meetings in December 2007.

Ken McDonald will talk about plans for improving the SFMTA’s on-time performance.

15. Adjournment: 8:00 p.m.

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

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