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

Planning, Marketing Committee (PMC)

Regular Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075
San Francisco, California

1. Call to Order / Roll Call   
The meeting was called to order at 5:41 p.m. by Chairman Jamison Wieser

PMC Members present at Roll Call:   Norman Rolfe, Dorris Vincent and Jamison Wieser

PMC Members absent:  None

2. Adopt minutes of October 16, 2008: 

On motion to adopt the minutes of October 16, 2008: Adopted
Ayes – Rolfe, Vincent and Wieser

3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: 

Marc Christiansen asked about additional economic stimulus funding, passenger boarding counts, and federal subsidies based on passenger revenue miles.  Mr. Christiansen disbelief regarding the extra cost for an additional bus on the 54-Felton line; the supplemental bus used for commute hours could be extended to off-peak hours. 

4. Report of the Chairman:  Jamison Wieser

No report.

5. Transit Effectiveness Project:  Julie Kirschbaum

Julie Kirschbaum, Program Manager, provided an overview of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).  Reliability would be improved by reconciling schedules to running time, increasing operators hired and minimizing absenteeism.  Routes will be updated to reflect where people go. 

The TEP is working on a road call program, pairing trolley mechanics with motor mechanics as dispatch teams.  The program has reduced out-of-service buses from 80 percent to 20 percent.  On-time performance teams are being developed to manage traffic congestion.  These divisional teams led by transportation superintendents and consisting of service planners, transit engineers and schedulers will diagnose two of the busiest lines from their divisions.

The budget has posed challenges to the TEP.  The SFMTA Policy and Governance Committee will review stop consolidation plans.  The TEP routes were endorsed by the Board and will not be reviewed again until after the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.   

6. Service Reductions and Eliminations:  Julie Kirschbaum

Julie Kirschbaum, Program Manager, stated that three service reduction options were developed using ridership data, performance statistics and customer feedback.  Proposed changes include eliminating routes, modifying lines, improving frequency, and reducing hours of operation for community and owl services.  Option 1 and Option 2 will be presented to the Board on April 21, 2009.  Ms. Kirschbaum reviewed the proposed changes.

Public Comment

Dianne Erlich stated that the proposed TEP changes will leave the Lake Merced Hill neighborhood without service.  She stated that it is unfair to spend money on vintage cars that are not accessible. 

Marc Christiansen stated that the 17-Parkmerced line connects the Parkmerced and the Merced Extension Triangle dwellers to five shopping areas and the Daly City BART.   Negotiating service to be provided by SamTrans for the Lake Merced Hill neighborhood is not a suitable alternative. 

Victoria Isyanova stated that the proposed TEP changes will leave the Lake Merced Hill neighborhood without service.

Glenn Hatakeyama asked that a 28-Limited 19th Avenue stop be established at Alemany and Arch. 

7. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests:

No questions.

8. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting:

Chairman Wieser stated that the PMC meetings for May and June 2009 have been cancelled.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2009.

9. Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

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

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