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

Planning, Marketing Committee (PMC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 3:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
The meeting was called to order at 3:32 p.m. by Chairman Wieser.

PMC Members present at Roll Call: Emily Drennen, Norman Rolfe and Jamison Wieser.

2. Adopt minutes of April 17, 2008:

On motion to adopt minutes: Chairman Wieser wanted the minutes to include more information.

Chairman Wieser made a motion to not adopt the minutes pending discussion with the CAC Chairman and Vice Chairman. On motion to not adopt the April minutes: Ayes - Drennen, Rolfe and Wieser.

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

4. Report of the Chairman: Jamison Wieser

Chairman Wieser hoped to for a successful Bike to Work Day for May 20, 2008 and looked forward to the press coverage.

5. Geneva Avenue Corridor (Discussion/ Action) Kevin Keck

Kevin Keck, Transportation Planner, gave an overview of short term improvements planned for the $150,000 grant from Proposition K’s clean air funds. Improvements for consideration include transit performance along the Geneva Avenue corridor, traffic signalization upgrades and count-down signals for pedestrians.

Emily Drennen asked could the $150,000 grant be used to begin the process of planning light rail rather than short term improvements. Mr. Keck stated that the fund was not adequate to cover an engineering study, but it could be used to identifying passenger loads. He said that while rail had been mentioned, the Transportation Authority and Service Planning chose to focus on projects that could be implemented within five years.

Ms. Drennen said that by framing the short term plan to include rail could possibly improve eligibility for Federal grants and small starts projects. She proposed the following recommendation:

WHEREAS Geneva Avenue was ranked as the City’s fifth most important corridor in the city in the five-year transit corridor prioritization project in 2005; and

WHEREAS, The $150,000 grant that the SFMTA is preparing to examine the transportation options along Geneva Avenue is not currently scoped to examine the possibility of installing light rails; and

WHEREAS, A light-rail line along Geneva Avenue would replace a historical line that ran along this corridor; and

WHEREAS, This connection would increase efficiencies of the Metro system by connection the T-line and the Muni Metro East facility to Balboa Park along with the K L and M lines which serve it as well as the Green Rail Yard,

THEREFORE BE IF RESOLVED That the SFMTA CAC urges the SFMTA to focus on planning for light rail in addition to short term improvements along the corridor.

On motion regarding the use of the $150,000 grant: Approved – Ayes: Drennen, Rolfe and Wieser

6. Review passenger loading areas at Metro stations/stops (Discussion/ Action) John Byrd

John Byrd, Deputy Director for Rail Operations, stated that two contracts are being negotiated with both Alcatel and Thalus to re-evaluate the ATCS (Automatic Train Control System) for software upgrades that would implement both the double berthing feature and the feature to change passenger loading points. These contracts will also include a longer maintenance program as well as updated training for both operators and signal maintainers.

Chairman Wieser suggested following BART’s example using black tiles to indicate boarding points for passengers.

Emily Drennen suggested relocating and adding benches to areas where passengers would likely congregate.

7. Examine the possibility of closing parts of station platforms (Discussion/ Action) John Byrd

Chairman Wieser asked about closing off unused portions of platforms to save on cleaning and maintenance. John Byrd, Deputy Director for Rail Operations, stated that the Fire Department would be concerned about exiting criteria for emergency stratagems. Chairman Wieser said that lighting can be strategically designed to stage assembly areas for passenger.

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

No questions.

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

Next regular meeting: June 19, 2008, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:30 p.m.

• Provision for electric cars.

• SFMTA website feedback on the re-design and Interaction between SFMTA website and 511’s website.

• Congestion parking management

• Market Street Transit and Traffic – TA study

10. Adjournment: 5:00 p.m.

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

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