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Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Candlestick Conference Room


1.   Call to Order

Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 3:03 p.m.

2. Roll Call

EMSC members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario, Dan Weaver, and      Frank Zepeda

  EMSC members absent: None

SFMTA CAC members not on this committee, but also present:  None

3. Announcement of prohibition of sound-producing devices during the meeting.

The CAC Secretary made the announcement.

4.    Approval of Minutes: 

The CAC Secretary moved that in item #8 to remove “controls switches and lights” and replace with “provides local fall back” and to add “project status” after the word “cutover”. 

The revised statement should read, “Kenny Ngan discussed the status of the System Management Center (SMC), which orchestrates the train control of the system; Local System Management Center (LSMC), which provides local fall back at five interlocks; SMC upgrade schedule and budget; and the ATCS final cutover project status.”

Public Comment:


On motion to amend the minutes of February 27, 2013: Approved

        Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver, and Zepeda

        Absent – None

5.   Report of the chairman (For discussion only):


6. Motion to amend the start time of EMSC meetings from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Council member Ferrario stated that staff seems more accessible at 3:00 p.m. meetings.

On motion to amend the start time of EMSC meetings:  Approved

      Ayes – Ferrario, Weaver and Zepeda

      Nayes – None

      Absent - None

7. Public Comment: 


8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding capital projects.  (Vince Harris, Director, and Frank Lau, Project Manager, Capital Programs & Construction)

Drew Howard, Project Manager, discussed a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a rail grinding machine; specifications; and issues.  Mr. Howard presented a video demonstration of a movable rail grinding machine that staff would like demonstrated.  The rail grinding machine shown allowed for quicker return to revenue service and had a low spark distribution when grinding the trackways.

Frank Lau discussed the communication and radio system; Central Control; and the Nextbus display sign projects.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason commented on rail and wheel interface on the Breda cars and the wheel grinding machine at Metro East.

9. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding graffiti.  (John Haley, Director, Transit Services)

John Haley discussed the renovations and maintenance of the 80 newly rehabilitated buses that would be returned within 30 days for revenue service.  Mr. Haley also discussed maintenance staffing issues; vehicle inspection; and control measures for reducing graffiti on vehicles.

Public Comment:


10. Committee members’ requests for information. (For discussion only)

  • Steve Ferrario would like copies of responses to the rail grinding RFP.

Public Comment:


11. Schedule upcoming Meeting and Agenda Items.  (For discussion only)

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Candlestick Conference Room #6053

ADJORN:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA – CAC Secretary



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