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

of Regular Meeting

Thursday, October 4, 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 5:40 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, Cesar Perez, Norman Rolfe, Dorris Vincent, Daniel Weaver, and Jamison Wieser.

MTA CAC absent: Greg Riessen.

MTA staff and other city departments present: Judson True (MTA CAC Liaison), Murray Bond (Director, Strategic Communications – External Affairs), Travis Fox (Principal Administrative Analyst), Frank Markowitz (Transportation Planner – SRTP), Darton Ito (Manager, Long Range Planning), Marisa Espinosa (Manager, Strategic Policy Initiatives), Sonali Bose (Chief Financial Officer).

2. Adopt minutes of August 14, 2007:

Motion to adopt minutes: unanimously approved (Greg Riessen - absent).

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

4. Report of the Chair: Daniel Murphy

Chair Murphy announced that there would be two FAC meetings for October.

5. Staff Report (Discussion) Judson True
Mr. True reviewed the MTA staff report for October 2007.

6. Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP): (Discussion/Action) Mark Markowitz

Mr. Markowitz stated that the MTA Board of Directors approved the release of the draft FY2008-2027 SRTP for public comment. The draft is available at The five-week public comment period would conclude at the MTA Board of Directors’ public hearing on November 6, 2007. The draft’s final adoption is expected in December 2007.

Chairman Murphy assigned the SRTP item to be discussed at the PMC meeting in October.

Questions and Comments from the CAC

Emily Drennen asked if there were any lessons learned. Mr. Markowitz stated that the SRTP clarified how operating and capital plans lined up, funding issues to maintain and operate new service, and issues associated with facility options for storing and maintaining new vehicles.

Art Cimento asked if the SRTP contained plans to achieve the 85% on-time performance goal. Mr. Markowitz pointed out that chapter five contained information regarding reliability issues and TEP findings. Chairman Murphy added that ultimately the TEP would take on the task of addressing the 85% on-time performance goal.

Joan Downey asked if an engineer had been assigned to the Cole and Carl Streets rail replacement project. Mr. Markowitz stated that the SRTP indicated that the project was being handled by an engineering project manager in the Transportation Development Project Management group.

7. Senior and Disabled Fast Pass: (Discussion/Action) Marisa Espinosa

Ms. Espinosa reviewed a status report regarding the upgrade of Muni fast passes for senior, disabled and youth to include BART rides within San Francisco. Translink, slated to roll out in March 2008, appears to be the most viable fare option since it would phase out the need for monthly paper passes. With Translink, the MTA could effectively calculate fare-trip reimbursement to BART as well as track senior, disabled, and youth users.

Questions and Comments from the CAC

Emily Drennen asked if Translink would replace paper passes. Ms. Espinosa stated that she could not confirm that Translink would completely phase out paper passes. Chair Murphy recalled from a previous presentation that Translink would eventually replace paper passes.

Steve Ferrario asked if Translink was compatible with BART’s fair gates. Judson True agreed to research Mr. Ferrario’s question.

Bruce Oka stated that BART’s definition of youth (defined as less than 12 years of age) differed from all other Bay Area transit systems (youth defined as less than 18 years of age). He felt that the negotiation for youth riders should be separated from the negotiations for senior and disabled riders in the SFMTA’s bargaining efforts.

8. FY07-Q4 Service Standards: (Discussion/Action) Travis Fox

Mr. Fox reviewed both the FY07-Q4 Service Standards report and the FY07-Q4 Service Standards Data report.

Questions and Comments from the CAC

Emily Drennen commented that she would like to see the Service Standards report include a report on pedestrian deaths and injuries. Also she would like to see a report on SFMTA dollar amounts paid out for settlements per year and a report per quarter.

Joan Downey commented that the CAC recommended that lines that had headways greater than 10 minutes should go by the on-time performance. Lines with headways less than 10 minutes should go by the headway.

Art Cimento commented that Muni’s on-time performance has averaged at 70% for the past six years. He requested a future discussion highlighting SFMTA’s plans to achieve 85% on-time performance.

9. Committee Reports

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

Motion 070912.01 The MTA CAC recommends that the MTA increase the Rail Maintenance staff by 50% from current levels thereby returning them to their levels in the year 2000.

Chairman Murphy asked that this item be revisited at the EMSC for further consideration.

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

Joan Downey commented that DPT does not cite sidewalk violations along 19th Avenue. If cars were parked correctly perhaps traffic would slow down. Mr. True stated that the SFMTA has asked Caltrans to define parking lanes by painting edge-lines along the outside lanes. Dan Weaver felt that bulb-out intersections offered protection for parked cars from sideswipe accidents. Mr. True pointed out Caltran’s safety concerns for pedestrians due to turning trucks running over bulb-out sidewalks with their rear wheels.

Norman Rolfe asked if Caltrans paid for signal lights and paving of city streets that were used as state highways such as 19th Avenue, Van Ness Avenue, and Lombard Street. Mr. True said that he would need time to research the answer.

Emily Drennen asked about deploying PCOs to direct traffic at dangerous intersections. Mr. True said that there was a crossing guard program for schools that cover some of the city’s intersections. He would relay Ms. Drennen’s concerns of continuous coverage for specific intersections to Deputy Chief Antonio Parra.

Dorris Vincent felt that some accidents could be prevented by arranging riders’ education programs.

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

Next regular meeting: November 1, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074, at 5:30 p.m.

13. Adjournment: 8:14 p.m.

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

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