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Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Corona Heights Conference Room


1.   Call to Order

Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:06 p.m.

2. Roll Call

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

EMSC members absent at Roll Call:  None

  EMSC members absent: None

SFMTA CAC members not on this committee, but also present:  Mark Ballew, Roland Wong, and Frank Zepeda

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

The CAC Secretary made the announcement.

4.    Approval of Minutes: 

Public Comment:


On motion to approve the minutes of September 19, 2012: Approved

        Ayes – Ferrario and Weaver

        Nayes – None

        Absent – None

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


6. Public Comment: 


7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the On-Street Parking Management plan.  (Jay Primus, SFpark Manager, Finance & Information Technology)

Committee member Ferrario commented that the CAC’s recommendation regarding the On-Street Parking Management Plan was not given to the SFMTA Board of Directors.

Bond Yee, Director, Sustainable Streets, discussed the zoning and residential parking zone plans in the On-Street Parking Management plan.

Public Comment:

Mark Miller commented that the CAC recommendation on September 6, 2012 was not verbally recommended to the SFMTA Board.  Mr. Miller commented on the zoning of various districts; existing practices; and the codes of the On-Street Parking Management Plan and suggested that the plan be brought to the attention of the SFMTA Board again for reconsideration.

Motion 121127.01

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the On-Street Parking Management Plan recently adopted by the SFMTA Board of Directors be reconsidered and further discussed at a public meeting of the Board.

The SFMTA CAC itself, as well as members of the public, did not have an opportunity to present their positions on this matter in a public forum within a SFMTA Board meeting.

On motion to approve Motion 121127.01: Approved

                   Ayes – Ferrario and Weaver

                   Nayes – None

                  Absent – None

8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding operating light rail vehicles on Market Street during major disruptions in the subway.         (John Haley, Director, Transit Services)

Committee member Ferrario discussed an incident that delayed trains for several hours in the subway tunnel under Market Street and allowing light rail vehicles (LRVs) to use the tracks on Market Street when there are long-delay incidents in the subway tunnel.

John Haley discussed preventative measures that are being put into place to ensure better subway operation.  Mr. Haley commented that Mr. Ferrario should prepare a recommendation for operating LRVs on Market Street which should include a cost and travel savings estimate.

Public Comment:


9. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the Real Estate Vision Plan.  (Jason Gallegos, Real Estate Development Manager, Finance & Information Technology)

Jason Gallegos gave an overview of the Agency’s Real Estate and Facilities Vision Report for the 21st century.  Mr. Gallegos noted that the SFMTA is unique among transit systems in the United States because of the multiple modes of transportation, which include: LRVs; historic street cars; cable cars; diesel buses; taxis; bicycles; pedestrians; on and off-street parking; meters; and signs, throughout the City.

Mr. Gallegos discussed challenges and goals of the SFMTA Real Estate Vision Plan.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason commented on future population growth in the City.  Mr. Mason also inquired about skilled mechanics in the transportation industry.

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

  • Dan Weaver requested a copy of the On-Street Parking Management Plan.
  • Mark Ballew would like to know the speed limit for the Eureka curve and if an evaluation has been done to run at its original speed.

Public Comment:


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

Next regular meeting: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Candlestick Conference Room #6053

ADJORN:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA – CAC Secretary



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