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Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council

Finance and Administration Committee

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 3:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California


1. Call to Order: 
Chairman Murphy called the meeting to order at 3:45 p.m. 

2. Roll Call:

FAC Members present at Roll Call:  Daniel Murphy and Susan Vaughan

FAC Members absent:  None

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. Adopt Minutes of August 24, 2011: 

On motion to approve the minutes of August 24, 2011: Approved
Ayes – Murphy and Vaughan

              Absent – None

              Nayes - None

Public comment:


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


6. Public Comment: 

Edward Mason commented on two public notices he read in today’s San Francisco Examiner regarding the Planning Department and Department of Public Works.  The notices referred to redevelopment project on Natoma Street and mobile food trucks. Mr. Mason believes parklets cause nothing but trouble after hours and staff should investigate the elimination or reduction of revenue from parking meters eliminated by parklets.

7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the transit budget.  (John Haley, Director, Transit Services)

John Haley discussed the challenges of improving service; the condition of the infrastructure; the overhaul of vehicles and workforce of the system and creating a budget solution that would support the division.  Mr. Haley stated that operations and staffing represents most of the budget. 

Mr. Haley discussed the condition and age of the fleet and that there are no plans to purchase new vehicles until 2016.  Mr. Haley stated that some vehicle parts to repair vehicles are difficult to locate and labor intensive.

Public Comment:

David Pilpel expressed agreement with Mr. Haley that his division is underfunded and thinks there can be different things to do with part-time operators and scheduling.  Mr. Pilpel believes that safety and security should be under the Transit Division.

Edward Mason commented that a fee should be charged to commuter buses and reimbursement for staff during special events, such as providing parking control officers for Sunday Streets to raise revenue.

8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the SFMTA’s FY13/14 budget. (Sonali Bose, CFO/Director, Finance and Information Technology)

Sonali Bose discussed the operating budget; proposals; savings options; and revenue options that was presented at the Board meeting on November 14.  Ms. Bose stated that there may be a reduction in citation revenue and expects parking taxes to increase. 

Ms. Bose discussed the needs in funding to repair doors, vehicles, and signal and traffic infrastructure. 

Public comment:


9. Committee Member requests for information (For discussion only) 

  • Daniel Murphy would like to know what projects have been built using the FTA Section 5307 funds for the last several fiscal years. 
  • Daniel Murphy would like a list of revenue fleet by mode, model/size, and age.
  • 10. Schedule upcoming calendar items.  (For discussion only)
    Next regular meeting: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.

1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 3075

ADJOURN:  The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA CAC - Secretary




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