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

Special Meeting Minutes

Monday, October 19, 2009, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Room 3074
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call
Chairman Daniel Murphy called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. 

SFMTA CAC members present at Roll Call:  Mary Burns, Joan Downey, Steve Ferrario, Griffith Humphrey, Daniel Murphy, Cesar Perez, Susan Vaughan and Ruth Wheeler

SFMTA CAC members absent:  Art Cimento, Greg Riessen, Norman Rolfe, Janel Sterbentz, Dorris Vincent, Daniel Weaver and Jamison Wieser

2. Adopt minutes of October 1, 2009: 

The October 1 minutes were not ready for adoption.

3. Public Comment: 

Jane Bolig invited the CAC to attend the Taxi Town Hall meetings listed on the SFMTA Website.

4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy

Chairman Murphy appointed Ruth Wheeler to the Taxi Committee.  He stated that the first meeting will be held on October 26.

5. Capital Investment Plan Update (Discussion/Action)

Timothy Papandreou, acting deputy director of Transportation Planning, Sustainable Streets Division, stated that the purpose of the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) is to safeguard and improve the Agency’s physical assets.  The capital budget is required to be adopted by the SFMTA Board every two years.  A comprehensive revision of the CIP is needed to respond to the changing economic climate, new funding sources and sustainability.  Staff is working on a prioritization approach that will be finalized in January/February 2010.  Staff will seek additional input from the CAC before making recommendations to the SFMTA Board.  The refined list of projects will be ranked in March.  The full CIP will be adopted by June 2010.  

Public Comment

Jane Bolig asked about a CIP contact person for taxis.  Mr. Papandreou responded that the contact person would be Chris Hayashi, director of Taxis.

6. Fare Evasion Study (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose   

Sonali Bose, CFO/director of Finance and Information Technology, stated that 9.5% of Muni customers have no valid proof of payment (POP).  While backdoor boarding speeds up transit, 55% of backdoor customers have no POP.  Many customers were not aware that POP is required when riding.  TransLink customers often don’t validate their fare.  The Security and Enforcement Division will restructure enforcement to improve productivity.  Transit fare inspector positions remain unfilled due to the budget. 

Public Comment

Jordan Elias stated that the transit fare inspectors could use TransLink to track their work activity.

Chairman Murphy moved the following recommendation:

Motion 0901019.02

The SFMTA CAC recommends, based on the results of the recent completed Proof of Payment Study, that the SFMTA focus its efforts on fare enforcement as opposed to back door boarding prevention, and that the SFMTA increase its transit fare inspector staffing and productivity to accommodate system wide back door boarding, and that the SFMTA continue and expand programs that pair Transit Fare inspectors with uniformed police officers.  The SFMTA CAC further recommends that schedules and deployments of fare inspectors be aligned to the times of day and locations where fare evasion is the highest, and that the SFMTA consider the use of part-time transit fare inspectors to accomplish these goals.

On motion regarding the results of the Proof of Payment Study: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Downey, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Vaughan and Wheeler
Absent – Cimento, Riessen, Rolfe, Sterbentz, Vincent, Weaver and Wieser

7. Extended Hours Parking Study (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose    

Sonali Bose, CFO/director of Finance and Information Technology, stated that many cities have thriving business activity despite expanded parking meter hours of operation.  In commercial areas, parking occupancy averages 85% during meter hours of operation.  Without the meters, there would be no spaces available for parking.  The Transportation Authority study found parking availability to be more relevant to motorists than parking costs.  Staff is proposing to extend parking meter hours.  The benefits would include parking availability, improved customer access to stores and reduced congestion.

Public Comment

Jane Bolig stated that extended metering hours will be confusing to citizens.

Chairman Murphy moved the following recommendation:

Motion 0901019.03

The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board adopt the proposal for extending metering hours, dated October 20, 2009, for a 12 month trial period, and that clear signage be placed on the streets and on meters themselves indicating hours of operation.

On motion regarding the proposal for extending metering hours: Adopted
Ayes – Burns, Downey, Ferrario, Humphrey, Murphy, Perez, Vaughan and Wheeler
Absent – Cimento, Riessen, Rolfe, Sterbentz, Vincent, Weaver and Wieser

8. Committee Reports: 

9. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests: (Discussion)

Ruth Wheeler asked for information about the number of tickets written per month for various offenses.

10. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:

Next regular meeting:  November 5, 2009, at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3074

11. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

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

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