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Engineering, Maintenance & Safety Committee (EMSC)
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order / Roll Call (Agenda Item 1). The regular meeting of the Engineering, Maintenance & Safety committee (EMSC) was called to order at 3:07 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2007. Daniel Weaver (Chair) presided. A quorum was present including the following:
EMSC Members Present at Roll Call: Daniel Weaver (Chair), Steve Ferrario, and Jamison Wieser
EMSC Members Absent: Bruce Oka
MTA CAC Members, not on this committee, but also present: None
MTA Staff (San Francisco Municipal Railway [MUNI] and Department of Parking and Traffic [DPT]) present: Debra Reed (MTA CAC Secretary), and Kim Walton (MTA Planning- Long Range).
Community Representatives Present: Edward Mason
2. Public Comment – Concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda:
Public comments made by Edward Mason.
3. Adopt April 11, 2007 minutes:
Adoption of minutes will be continued at the next regular meeting.
4. Report of the Chair: Daniel Weaver (EMSC Chair) - no report presented
5. J Church Test (Discussion/ Action)
Jim Kelly was not present for this item
6. Planning Projects (Discussion/Action)
Participating MTA staff – Kim Walton
Ms. Walton spoke of two plans, Glen Park (2003), and Balboa Park.
The Department of City Planning initiated Better Neighborhood Programs and Plans.
The Planning department put out an RFP, but the General fund did not provide enough funds to create an efficient environmental statement and analysis for suggestions from the Better Neighborhood Plan, such as a bus loop (44, 26, 52 lines) around the Glen Park BART Station, Traffic Calming in front of the station, and create a connection between the J Church stop and the Glen Park BART Station. Topography in this narrow area included Caltran due to the 2 freeway entrances; also it included pedestrian traffic, bikes, vehicular interaction, as well as the J Church line.
Plans included pedestrian movement throughout the facility, better access, free passageway, bicycle improvements, such as South of BART along Geneva Avenue. The SFMTA would like to combine the 2 grants received, $625,000 from the Transportation Authority Proposition K and $200,000 from Safe Routes to Transit in 2005, to hire a consultant.
Questions and Comments from the EMSC
Dan Weaver asked about engineering plans and timeline. Response: The study focused on the movement of people and vehicles to develop a detailed document to be presented before the TA to show functional purpose of the project, along with input from the community. However the study did not involve preliminary engineering or implementation. The RFP would be written once the document is approved. Eligible firms, such as engineering firms, transportation firms, etc., could then go to the website to submit their proposals.
Steve Ferrario expressed concern about spending costs for a number project studies that never progress to implementation, or become subjected to runaway inflation due to long timelines.
Edward Mason asked would the Mission Street project from Excelsior to Geneva co inside with the better access project by Muni or Better Streets for the Balboa corridor. Response: Yes.
Would the TEP traffic calming and enhancements project for the Balboa corridor between Mission Street and Balboa Park along the 29 Monterey line work together? Response: Yes.
7. Fleet Procurement (Discussion/Action)
Elson Hao was not present for this item
8. PUC Market Street Metro Light Study (Discussion/ Action)
Ted Aranas was not present for this item
9. Green and Balboa Facilities (Discussion/ Action)
Ted Aranas was not present for this item
10. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items:
Special meeting with Kenneth McDonald (COO): Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 2:00 p.m.
¨ BREDA Rebuild
¨ Switch at 4th and King Streets
¨ ATCS (Automatic Train Control System)
Next regular meeting: Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:00 p.m.
¨ J Church Test
¨ Fleet Procurement
¨ PUC Market Street Metro Light Study
¨ Green and Balboa (Geneva) Facilities
11. Adjournment: 4:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
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