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City and County of San Francisco
Planning, Marketing Committee (PMC)
Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.
1. Call to Order / Roll Call
PMC Members present at Roll Call: Jamison Wieser (Chairman), Emily Drennen and Bruce Oka.
PMC Members present, but absent at Roll Call: Norman Rolfe (arrived at 3:40 pm and departed at 5:22 pm)
SFMTA staff and other city departments present: Hansu Kim (Han Consultants – consulting for the SFMTA), Kim Chan (BART - Planning), Ruben Warren (BART – Planning), Deputy Chief Antonio Parra (SFMTA – Head of Security), Michael Kirchanski (SFMTA– Health and Safety Manager), Jamie Osborne (SFMTA – ADA), Fariba Mahmoudi (SFMTA- Project Manager, Debit Card Project) and Debra Reed (SFMTA CAC Secretary).
Community representatives present: Randy
2. Adopt minutes of September 20, 2007:
Motion to adopt minutes: unanimously approved.
3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: None
4. Report of the Chairman: Jamison Wieser
Chairman Wieser called for a special PMC meeting to discuss the Short Range Transit Plan later in October. Members will be notified and an agenda will be posted of the date and time.
Chairman Wieser noted the presence of Tim Chan and Ruben Warren from BART who gave a quick overview of BART’s history in connection with access to stations for strollers, seniors and disabled patrons at the Balboa and Glenn Park Stations.
5. Debit Card Update: (Discussion/Action) Fariba Mahmoudi and Hansu Kim
Mr. Kim reviewed the ParaTransit Debit Card Program. The Debit Card is compatible with all systems currently installed in taxis; it has increased security features; and it allows taxis the ability to add credit card processing capability. Cab companies would be able to use equipment of their choice provided those venders that meet the necessary system specifications.
Questions and Comments from PMC
Jamison Wieser asked if acquiring a debit card would be as simple as purchasing cab scripts. Mr. Kim stated that the debit card would be easier.
Chairman Wieser asked about on-going maintenance as new hardware develops. Mr. Kim stated that any vendor can meet the system’s opened-architecture API standard can qualify to join the project.
Emily Drennen asked if it would be a one-time opportunity for equipment. Mr. Kim stated that if more medallions were issued there would be a need for additional equipment for those cabs. Cab Companies would get a one-time subsidy for equipment.
6. Halloween Planning: (Discussion/Action) Deputy Chief Antonio Parra
Deputy Chief Parra had to depart before this item was scheduled for presentation.
Michael Kirchanski stated that Mayor Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong wanted to discourage visitors to the Castro area, which would include closing the Van Ness Metro Station.
7. Allowing Strollers in Wheelchair Area of Muni Vehicles: (Discussion/Action) Jamie Osborne and Michael Kirchanski
Mr. Kirchanski stated that wheelchair passengers have a legal right to access areas designed for wheelchairs on Muni vehicles. Jamie Osborne stated that while a more family friendly system is preferred, members of MAAC were not in favor of parking strollers in wheelchair areas. Mr. Kirchanski stated that wheelchair lifts, elevators, wayside platforms and ramps could possibly be made available for strollers.
Chairman Wieser and PMC members expressed interest in child safety seating versus strollers. Mr. Kirchanski stated that there was a CHP that states that bus windows and isles cannot be blocked, which would apply to strollers. He suggested focusing on areas other than wheelchair areas for alternative seating designs suitable for using strollers.
Ms. Drennen suggested removing a seat on Muni vehicles to allow room for strollers, groceries, luggage or other bulky items.
Chairman Wieser stated that the PMC wanted the SFMTA to be more family friendly, providing tips on how to travel with a family in brochures and on the SFMTA website.
Bruce Oka said that using the wheelchair lift to pick up children in strollers would be an easy accommodation provided that children are safely strapped into the stroller.
8. Committee Members’ Questions/Information Requests: (Discussion)
9. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:
Next regular meeting: November 15, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:30 p.m.
10. Adjournment: 5:28 p.m.
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