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

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee

Wednesday, October 26, 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 4:05 p.m. 

2. Roll Call

EMSC Members present at Roll Call:  Steve Ferrario, Greg Riessen, 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 July 27, 2011: Approved

                  Ayes – Ferrario, Riessen, and Weaver

                  Nayes – None

                  Absent – Wieser

            On motion to approve the minutes of September 28, 2011: Approved

                  Ayes – Ferrario, Riessen, and Weaver

                  Nayes – None

                  Absent - Wieser 

Public Comment:


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


6. Public Comment: 


7. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding the train speed in the Twin Peaks tunnel. (John Haley, Director, Transit Services)

Davide Puglisi, Senior Operations Manager, Transit Services, discussed the speed restriction in the tunnel between the Castro and Forest Hill station.  Currently, staff is replacing track at the Eureka curve, before Castro, and should be completed by spring next year.  Mr. Puglisi explained that it will take more to relieve the speed restriction because of the capacity of trains in the subway.  Mr. Puglisi stated that engineering staff will be preparing a study to increase the speed through the tunnel.

Public Comment:

Edward Mason mentioned the Eureka portal walls collapsed about seven years ago because of a partial implosion and that he lost track of what happened afterwards.  He would like to know what happened to the vibration and speed in that section of the tunnel.

      Motion 111026.01

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA prioritize the re-tracking of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in order to lift the speed restriction.


On motion to approve Motion 111026.01: Approved

                  Ayes – Ferrario, Riessen, and Weaver

                  Nayes – None

                  Absent - Wieser

8. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding elevator and escalator maintenance.  (Ted Aranas, Transit Services)

Scott Broder, Maintenance Engineer, Structures and Ways Division, discussed the maintenance and schedule of elevators and escalators in the Muni Metro subways.  Mr. Broder stated that the elevators are all original and have not been replaced since they were installed.  The elevators do get wear and tear and that staff keeps up with them as best as possible.  Mr. Broder stated that staff is developing a plan to re-build the elevators.

Public Comment:

Roland Wong stated that he rides Muni every day and because he is a wheelchair user, he depends on the elevators working at subway stations.  Mr. Wong stated that the elevators are aging and that there will be no parts to keep the elevators working and the disabled community relies on the elevators.  Mr. Wong would like to know if Muni has plans to communicate non-working elevators to passenger similar to BART.  Mr. Wong stated that when BART elevators are not working, he receives a message alert from BART, which allows him to alter his travel plans.

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


10. Schedule upcoming calendar items (For discussion only)

Next regular meeting:  November 23, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.  
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room 3075

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 5:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Yvette Torres
SFMTA CAC - Secretary



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