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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California



1. Call to Order
Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. 

2. Roll Call

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario and Daniel Weaver

EMSC Members absent:  Jamison Wieser

CAC members not on this committee, but also present: Dorris Vincent

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

The CAC Secretary made the announcement.

4. Approval of Minutes

            On motion to approve the minutes of October 26, 2011: Approved as amended

                  Ayes – Ferrario, and Weaver

                  Nayes – None

                  Absent - Wieser 

Public Comment:

Edward Mason stated that his comment for item #7 should be modified to read as follows: “Edward Mason stated that the Eureka portal walls collapsed about seven years ago because of a partial implosion and that he lost track of what happened afterwards”.

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


6. Public Comment: 


7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the Central Control and Communications Program. (Frank Lau, Project Manager, Capital Programs and Construction)

Chairman Weaver stated that the approved budget for the project is $278M and would like to know what it includes, what improvements have been accomplished and what is remaining.  Frank Lau described the project and stated that the project consists of five different items, including a new transportation management center, subway communication system, ATCS cutover, and the retrofit of the existing central control center.  

Mr. Lau stated that the ATCS portion of the project will replace the existing System Management Computer (SMC) which will improve reliability, functionality and provide real time data.

Mr. Lau offered to take the committee on a tour of the new Central Control facilities at the next meeting.

Public Comment:


8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding expanding street car capacity.  (Julie Kirschbaum, Service Planning Manager, Transit Services)

John Haley, Director, Transit Services, discussed the growing ridership on the F Line, the overhaul of vehicles, and the shortage of operators.  Mr. Haley stated that the F Line is one of the fastest growing lines, especially on weekends.

Chairman Weaver inquired about how the TEP is being implemented and its plans.  Mr. Haley replied that the TEP is proposing a 10% service increase within three of four years.  To accomplish that, equipment is needed to increase service.  Mr. Haley stated that staff is in the process of hiring operators, identifying projects, and reducing switchbacks.

Public Comment:


9. Committee Members’ requests for information (For discussion only) 

  • Steve Ferrario would like an accounting of the proposed C3 budget.
  • 10. Schedule upcoming calendar items (For discussion only)

Next regular meeting:  January 25, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room 3075

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA CAC - Secretary



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