tv Transportation Authority Plans and Programs 11315 SFGTV November 17, 2015 10:30am-11:01am PST
[ gavel ] all right. good morning. welcome to our november 3, 2015, plans and programs meeting of the ta. happy election day. i hope everyone got out and voted. i'm katie tang, chair of the committee and we have to my right commissioner london breed and norman yee and i would like to thank jim and jennifer lowe from sf govtv. >>clerk, please call the roll. >> commissioner farrell, commissioner breed, commissioner yee, commissioner tang. we have a quorum.
>> item 2. citizen advisory committee item. >> good morning, commissioners, short today which is nice for all of us. item no. 4 was the only allocation request we took up and it was mostly centered and signals and specifics which weren't really addressed because it's not part of the allocation request. but some of the things we were thinking of were pedestrian signaling and cross streets and bike network and we were told the primary focus of the request was for the signal lights but mta would look as to whether or not these items would be able to follow. and regarding the equity
project and specifics primarily how they plan to engage riders from cultural backgrounds and padilla expanded the details quite well and we are quite happy with the resulting discussion we had with that. a couple of things in our new business that i want to bring to your attention. one was the mission bra -- bay project held up in court and the rail yard fees ability study. i just want to mention that was brought up in the public comment and that planning is going to be coming to the ta's in january or february to discuss that with us. that's the update. >> thank you for your report. i know it's short. in light of the holidays we had to have another program meet today. thank you very much. any questions or comments? no? okay. this is an information item. is
there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. i also want to know -- note that we have commissioner farrell with us and we should have a motion to excuse commissioner christensen today. a motion and moved. commissioner christensen is excused. item 3. >> approve the minutes of the october 20, 2015. an action item. >> all right. seeing no questions or comments. item 3. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. can we take a roll call vote on that. >> commissioner breed? aye, commissioner farrell, aye, commissioner tang, aye, commissioner yee, aye, the minutes are approved. >>supervisor katy tang: item 3 is adopted. item 4.
recommend allocating $272,868 in prop k funds and $300,000 in prop aa funds with conditions subject to the attached fiscal year karen flow distribution schedule. >> good morning. we have $230,000 in other funds. i'm jumping to the next project which the mta project design funds to replace the current infrastructure which has passed it's useful life. 15 of the 9 along the corridor are on the high injury network and five of those included on the pedestrian vision zero network. a complete listing is included in the request in the agenda packet. the project is coordinated with
public works as gough street paving project which will be completed early 2016. that paving project will complete the installation for the conduit for the signals that will be with these funds. the project will up great the existing structure and installing pedestrian safety measures along the corridor. the design is expected to be completed october 2016 and the construction of the signals early 2018. the next project is the balance boa area transportation management study. requested by the planning department. so building on several recent public participation and analysis, this project will incorporate coordination projects and supervisor yee's
office. with the measures and plans and developments for this area the area recommendations analysis will serve as short and long-term transportation planning in the area and ultimately identify measures to minimize transportation demand impacts of current and future developments. the project in these outcomes can result in a model of institution base for transportation and efforts as well. the project levies for $37,000 in project area planning funds for metropolitan planning commission and will be completed this summer. >>supervisor katy tang: i think commissioner yee has a question or comment? >>supervisor norman yee: i will just wait for his presentation to finish. >> sorry. >> the last project is ensuring the transit service equity to engage in the project from sf mta. they are requesting funds as a match that would allow mta to do a
few things to form with some based organizations and engagement methods and collaborations and gain insights on the public engagement process to help sf mta and muni serve as a more equitable system and found more muni for engaging. sf mta current data base tools are not necessarily appropriate for assessing the needs and concerns in the communities and don't translate to the experience of being a muni rider. the objectives in the screen identified challenges impacting selective neighborhoods and implementing strategies to help social related and environmental issues. this project will be completed in mid-2017. with that, we have representatives from the project sponsors from these projects and happy to take
questions. >>supervisor katy tang: thank you, commissioner yee? >>supervisor norman yee: i want to thank the study for the balboa park station. it's due time. there has been discussion from the city or the mayor's office to look at the balboa reservoir as a potential site for housing development and during those community meetings, the biggest concern that people had was about not only future traffic issues that the development might cause, it's already grid locked as it is. so we thought it would just take the opportunity to not wait for the final conceptualization of the reservoir plan in regards to housing to get started in terms of studying the traffic issues because i think there is probably things we can find solutions
for current issues. so i'm hoping everybody will be supportive of this. tang tang -- >>supervisor katy tang: thank you, any other questions or comments? i think these are all great especially with the coupling of the b rt coming online and the improvements to gough street will be important. with that we can open up to public comment. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> colleagues can i have a motion and second on that. all right. motion by commissioner farrell and commissioner yee. without objection item 4 is adopted and we'll move on to item 5. >> item 5. overview of the san francisco long range transportation planning program. information item. >>supervisor katy tang: thank
you. we have multiple staff here available. >> yes, i'm with the transportation authority and joined from the planning department which represents this project from the collaborative effort. we want to call this to your attention because this is going under way and you are going to hear from us over the next couple of years. there has been a lot of planning and funding efforts throughout the city dating back a number of years, we talked about the four corridors plan and the subway master plan initiative by our board chair wiener. bullet in addition all the transit agencies have their own strategic plans and capital plans. we have our own general plan and transportation development and all of our efforts to think about the longer term in san francisco. and here at the transportation authority we have a transportation plan which pulls all the different plans together. the first plan in 2003 outlines our sales tax
expenditures and identifies the priority network which later became the rapid network and now moving forward. and in 2013, we adopted our most recent countywide plan and a number of key representations working around the city and region including significant investment in muni as well as regional transit and really identifies that we are in need of transit expansion planning in addition to maintenance on streets and roads and non-motorized transit and networks and identify projects and tdm as well as freeways and mandating freeways in a new idea in that plan and our new revenue sources which is something that has come to pass in the last couple of years. since the plan was adopted, there have been a number of new initiatives that we know we are going to be driving some of our planning work. the obvious in the room is there has been a tremendous amount of
growth with employment as well as visitors and what that has results is crowding and congestion. this is across all modes from regional transit to local transit and we have biking and walking which is great and we need to make sure that they are safe and comfortable out there. in addition there is all of these new transportation option that we are getting started along the way but the scale and number of them have increased with things like bike sharing and scooter sharing and in addition to cart sharing. we are not seeing them on the streets yet but the autonomous vehicles and the landscaping is shifting and we need the know what the local policies are and how we want to shape those. in addition we have seen great product mrems -- implementation and it's construction and central subway and fleet is turning over, bike
projects. this is very good unprecedented level of construction and around the city. that means we are getting near the end of the ideas that we have to implement and talking about what is the next set of projects beyond that are taking the next number of projects. the other one is change in revenue sources. we have passed props a and b last fall and the transportation sustainability study this afternoon and recent statewide cap and trade funds and changes at the federal level and lack of changes with this grid lock unable to get a break through from our traditional sources with respect to federal funding. also going on right now are a number of studies really things -- thinking about the future when it comes to transit capacity.
so bart, sf mta are all leading different ideas for how they want to expand this capacity to meet the demand growth of the network and how this fits together. that's where our study comes in. it's the long range transportation planning program an it is a number of different aspects all knitted together. the very first piece being a vision that help us look into the longer term to where we want to be going with the land use transportation and a couple of modal studies that look into somethings that are signature significant -- as well as our freeways and how we best manage traffic as it comes through the city and especially projects including how much capacity we can provide. we can begin our transportation san francisco plan looking at the time horizon in time with the
regional transportation plan and finally an update to the transportation plan of the general element which has now been updated in the last 20 years. i'm going through it very quickly what they entail. the very first piece we are going to call a vision. in the 50 years pull out some of the funding constraints. if we had our way, what would san francisco look like and how we want people to get around. we'll use the time to set the goals objectives by the value networks to evaluate all the projects and ideas that come through. we'll also be doing an existing conditions and needs assessments to inform those moves. the other piece is that we'll be looking at land use in addition to transportation and we'll run some sensitivity test to see if we run more or less in the production to
grow than is traditionally growing and what do we need transportation to respond or turning on its head what type of land uses are more supportive and what can we channel for those investments. coming out of the vision that will really set that framework and idea we'll go we'll be doing a couple of modal studies that we can be consistent with the region that is federally mandated and can start to think about funding constraints to have it be a realistic investment and this can be for transit studies and regional opportunities and also the freeways and arterials. there is a lot of discussion of what we should do with our freeways and best ways to manage the traffic coming through our city. coming out of the modal studies
and also in parallel to the transit study we'll be updating the sftp and this is looking again at the 2015 time horizon that are giving the land direction and what we are doing not only is one of the first to integrate regional transit not just with where we want to go with muni an planning process and what else do we want in terms of cal trans and all the operators that are operating in our city and knit them altogether into one transit mesh and in addition sf tp goes beyond transit and going about multimodal transportation if you are talking about a bike strategy versus a transit improvement and trying to say what are the hardships we can make. the key modes are the investment season yoers, -- scenarios and which
are funded and if were able to fund down sources what are the next projects in line. at the same time we do policy and advocacy recommendations looking at some of those new trends we discussed in our earlier presentation at the regent state and federal levels. and then once that work is done, a very final piece will be an update of the general plan and this will codify the transition goals, after the four corridors plan up to the transition planning to identify the corridors to be that transportation element and basically there is a number of different topics that need to be updated and we are using this opportunity to looking at the planning effort to how to update the policies that don't get up on a general basis. >>supervisor katy tang: quick
question, is there a deadline to meet these general plans? >> i'm going to let josh answer this from the planning department. >> good morning, josh with the planning department. my understanding is there is not a mandated date schedule along with the housing element which requires a schedule. the other plans don't have a state mandated requirement. it's just that they have to be "updated" but there is not any specific time horizon to be updated. >> okay. thank you. i'm glad we are doing this. commissioner yee? >>supervisor norman yee: in regards to whether or not the state mandates update, is it possible to get update every 6 months or so? >> on the transportation
lement? >> it would happen in the 2018 program. because there is a driving concern about doing it ahead of that planning work, i don't think it would be updated on an earlier timeframe. that's not what's anticipated in the work program. does that answer your question? >> it seems by the time there are changes it would be nice to know if there are any changes anticipating that we not wait a few years. >> it's a significant effort to update an element of the general plan. we recently opened up the space of the element and four to 5 years. it involves a project outreach, this long range project that michael is
describing will entail and involves looking at all the policies and priorities of the city. it's quite an intensive effort. that's why it's been 20 plus years since the city has done it and the ideas that there is a long range plan that has some weight and can take the city for 1-2 decades into the future without updating it on a very frequent basis. does that answer your question. >> in regards to the community or the outreach piece on this, what are the plans around that? what are we supposed to be doing? >> thanks. it's a great question. i have a sort of near term timeline on the next slide. but we do anticipate stakeholders outreach throughout the process for kicking into high gear in the spring and the process to make sure we are being representative of
citywide input as well as particularly targeting hard to reach stakeholders of people who are less represented in transportation plans and in communities and communities of color. that will be happening throughout the process. i think one thing that josh was implying is this a long range plan that is supposed to last a couple of decades. the plan, the countywide plan that is updated every four 4 years and the two documents speak to each other but have slightly different purposes. we are combining them here and in an unpress cedented way we are scooping these together and what are the city's priorities in both the near term as well as the longer term. >> i will just wait for you to present that piece then if you have another slide on that. >> just one more slide.
>> yes, this is the near term schedule. i wanted to very quickly know -- note what's going to happen in the next few months. we have the consultant services available on our website. it's on the front page. we hope to get a good response from the consultant community on that but that doesn't mean we are not, in the meantime the agencies are going to be working near the term task to get this moving because we know there is a need to get these task goes. we have the award for the contract in january and this will come to the finance committee because there is a contract but you will see at the full board and as i mentioned we'll be doing the first stakeholder outbreak. the first major outreach. sf tp did a very small outreach last summer and we targeted so the community based organizations to let them know this was happening and there
will be an update but a much larger effort in the spring. >>supervisor katy tang: thank you very much for the information. just to build on commissioner yee's comments. i would like to see more update than every 20 years. i understand it's a very extensive process to update the general plan but 20 years is too long given a lot of changes we are seeing in the city. in any case we are glad that we are under going this process right now. i know this is just an information item tempt. with that, -- at the moment. >> in terms of the progress updates. it's like what's going on, you know? are there some issues that you are facing that we should know about right now. when you do contracts with
community based groups, what are the outcomes that we are expecting present that. i'm not real clear about it right now. >> thank you. that's a great comment and part of the reason we are here is to get this group very engaged and informed and we plan to use this vehicle to come back and really talk about citywide and countywide issues and talk about what frequencies make sense to talk about this project and what we are doing. >> thank you. >> i really appreciate the interest and the desire to come back more frequently and give you snapshots of what's happening. planning is a real process. we have a countywide plan every 10 years and moving to every four 4 years to the plan bay area regional process because we are moving so fast
and we are seeing complex issues that come with that growth. so what we'll be bringing for example next month will be an update to our management program. so in between countywide planning updates every 2 years required to update the board and tampa bay about what's happening with the congestion and accessibility in the city and we'll be coming back next month and talk about what parts of the city is getting slower and what are experiencing transportation challenges and/or improvements and that way we hope to keep the public engaged on a more continuous basis. on the transportation plan, that's where you are going to see policies and moving towards different performance measures. i think that's something that is more durable. it's certainly we hear the message that you would like to hear the city
come back more frequently. we will be doing that as michael and josh is said as part of this work. it's a huge effort to collaborate with all of our agencies and partners and we'll hopefully bring you updates on a regular basis. >>supervisor katy tang: thank you very much. any other questions or comments? seeing none. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public