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City and County of San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
Citizens’ Advisory Council (SFMTA CAC)

Engineering, Maintenance and Safety Committee (EMSC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

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

EMSC Members absent: Jamison Weiser.

SFMTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present: Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe and Ruth Wheeler

2. Adopt minutes of March 26, 2008:

On motion to adopt March minutes: Nay - Steve Ferrario did not approve the minutes due to lack of content. Chairman Weaver decided to wait until the next EMSC meeting of May 28, 2008 to further consider the March minutes.

3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: None

4. Report of the Chairman: Dan Weaver

Chairman Weaver

5. Fix Masonic Petition (Discussion/Action) Manito Velasco

Manito Velasco, Manager of the Traffic Calming Program for the SFMTA, stated that they received a Traffic Calming Application for Masonic Avenue with over 500 signatures. Their website is The group's recommendations include: a lower speed limit; reconfigure and/or the removal of traffic lanes; add a bicycle lane; add advance stop lights for vehicles before cross walks; create a separate crossing phase for bicyclists and pedestrians at Masonic and Fell; remove the double right turn lanes from Masonic onto Fell; facilitate faster, smoother Muni service through synchronization of traffic lights; overall streetscape and traffic calming.

Mr. Velasco said these recommendations were good, but difficult to execute on an arterial street. This is specifically true on Masonic because it hosts bike, transit and emergency routes, is a route for freight and commercial traffic and is residential.

During the last several years the SFMTA have made the following improvements on Masonic: 1) Installed a new traffic signal at Grove and Masonic in year 2005; 2) Removed the double right turn from Oak to Masonic; 3) Added count-down pedestrian signals to Oak and Masonic as well as Fell and Masonic; and 4) Added larger 12 inch signal heads at Turk and Masonic also at Golden Gate and Masonic.

The SFMTA also has projects in process, which include: 1) Adding countdown signals at Fulton and Masonic; 2) Improving the merge signage at Fell and Masonic; 3) Reducing the Masonic speed limit from 30 to 25 MPH; and 4) As part of the Bicycle Plan, the SFMTA will study the Masonic traffic lanes.

Mr. Velasco stated he would return to the EMSC in six months to discuss further progress on this application.

6. Geneva Canopy (Discussion/ Action) James Walsh

James Walsh, Project Manager for the Geneva Canopy reviewed the history of the building. A revision of an earlier concept was made to reduce costs; however more funding was still needed because the final bid still exceeded the budget. The present plan will reproduce the profile of the previous train sheds, over six tracks, to provide storage for 24 historic streetcars. The pre-fabricated building will cost approximately $11 million. It is hoped the notice to proceed will be issued in June, with construction proceeding the following year.

Steve Ferrario asked if an adjacent and similar building could be added if more storage is needed in the future. Mr. Walsh said yes, but it would involve another contract and more funding.

Mr. Walsh agreed to return to the EMSC in six months for an update.

7. BREDA Half-life Overhaul (Discussion/ Action) Samuel Lau and Elson Hao

Samuel Lau, Deputy Chief Operating Officer introduced Elson Hao, Principal Engineer for Operations Engineering to discuss the BREDA Half-Life Overhaul program.

Presently $25.7 million dollars of funding has been identified, of the $230 million dollars required for a complete mid-life overhaul program. The overhaul program is estimated to take seven years to complete. Because of this funding constraint, the SFMTA has elected to start with a critical systems overhaul program versus a complete car half-life rebuilding program.

The SFMTA has purchased three car sets of spare trucks, in order to run a truck overhaul program, while keeping the LRVs in service. All trucks will be switched out on each car, which will take four to five days. Each truck requires three weeks of shop time for overhaul.

Overhauls have already been performed on all BREDA Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems.

Other car systems that require priority action include: 1) wiring harness redesign in the articulation systems; 2) the air compressors; and 3) the big calipers. The doors have also become loose and need rebuilding (estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 per car). The couplers will also need to be addressed when funding becomes available.

Additionally, Mr. Hao stated that the SFMTA is negotiating with BREDA to rebuild one of the cars that has been put out of action by a major accident.

The SFMTA will pursue the additional funding required for the complete Breda half-life overhaul program. Mr. Hao agreed to return to the EMSC in twelve months to report on the status of this program.

8. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests (Discussion)

No questions

9. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items (Discussion/Action)

Next regular meeting: May 28, 2008, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 4:00 p.m.

• Track work at Church and Market Streets

• Remove pre-ATCS system

• Fix Masonic Petition

• Daily Ops

• E-Alert status

10. Adjournment: 5:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Debra J. Reed
SFMTA CAC - Secretary

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