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

Regular Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 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 Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m. 

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Mary Burns, Joan Downey, Emily Drennen, Griffith Humphrey, Daniel Murphy, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe, Daniel Weaver, Ruth Wheeler and Jamison Wieser

SFMTA CAC absent:  Art Cimento, Steve Ferrario, Cesar Perez and Dorris Vincent

2. Adopt minutes of September 4, 2008: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of September 4, 2008: Adopted: Ayes – Burns, Downey, Drennen, Humphrey, Murphy, Riessen, Rolfe, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Cimento, Ferrario, Perez and Vincent)

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

David Pilpel stated that he attended a Golden Gate Transit workshop, which included a plan to reduce their service from Southern Marin to San Francisco along Geary Boulevard.  Muni provides free transfers to Golden Gate Ferry patrons without compensation, but Golden Gate Transit does not honor Muni fast passes during trips within San Francisco.  Chairman Murphy assigned the Golden Gate Transit fare options item to the Finance and Administration Committee. 

4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy stated that the January 1, 2009 meeting will be tentatively rescheduled to January 8, 2009.  

Chairman Murphy stated that Proposition P was defeated; therefore the relationship between the SFMTA and the Transportation Authority will remain the same. 

Chairman Murphy stated that the newly elected City Supervisors may replace CAC members with new appointments.

5. Staff Report (Discussion/Action)

The staff report was distributed.

6. Revenue Options (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose

Sonali Bose, Chief Finance Officer, gave an overview of the revenue options.  Ms. Bose stated that the Revenue Panel agreed on increases in fares, adult fast passes, parking fines and fees.  The Revenue Panel was in disagreement about options that would impact tourism, the port and the commercial industries.  While the Revenue Panel may advocate various options, the SFMTA Board of Directors will make the final decision.  The SFMTA CAC will still have an opportunity for input. 

Public Comment

Jane Bolig stated that eliminating parking is predatory.  Curbing downtown parking to avoid congestion is understandable, but there are people who don’t have a choice.  The City is becoming an adversary.

Chairman Murphy stated that the Finance and Administration Committee will bring revenue option recommendations to the December 2008 SFMTA Board meeting. 

7. Lifeline Fast Pass (Discussion/Action) Jason Lee

Jason Lee, Manager, Fare Media, stated that the SFMTA Board of Directors requested additional options to make the Lifeline Fast Pass more accessible.  Staff is considering expanding Lifeline Fast Pass sales to the current fast pass vendors.  In July 2009 the price of the Adult Fast Pass will increase to $55, while the price of the Lifeline Fast Pass will remain at $35.  The SFMTA annually pays $250,000 to the Human Services Agency to verify eligibility.  A model developed by the SFMTA estimated that changes to the sales and distribution policies of the Lifeline Fast Pass Program will increase ridership by 3,650 and could cost the SFMTA an annual incremental revenue loss of $1.4 million.  This additional ridership may result in overcrowding. Alternatively, adding service to accommodate new ridership could increase operating costs by another $3.5 million or more annually.

Public Comment

David Pilpel stated that the SFMTA CAC should request a presentation from the Human Services Agency to substantiate their annual cost. 

Jamison Wieser moved the following recommendation:

Motion:  SFMTA CAC commends the SFMTA for trying to provide wider access to the Lifeline Fast Pass program, and therefore endorses this program expansion in principle.  But SFMTA CAC remains concerned about the costs and implementation of this program, and urges the SFMTA to have continued dialog with the SFMTA CAC about ways to implement this program more efficiently.

On motion regarding the Lifeline Fast Pass: Adopted: Ayes – Burns, Downey, Drennen, Humphrey, Murphy, Riessen, Rolfe, Weaver, Wheeler and Wieser
(Absent – Cimento, Ferrario, Perez and Vincent)

8. Committee Reports: 


9. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests: (Discussion)

• Dan Weaver wanted to know about plans to prevent theft of trash cans at transit stops.

• Jamison Wieser wanted to know about the new schedule for the Duboce/Church re-tracking project and its impact on the Carl and Cole re-tracking project. 

Public Comment

David Pilpel suggested that a video crew be established to review videos from bus security cameras for crime activity that should be forwarded to the police department.  Chairman Murphy referred the topic to the Engineering Maintenance and Safety Committee.

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

Next regular meeting:  December 4, 2008 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m.

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

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

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