SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 26, 2007
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Steve Simmons, Robert Klingner, Harvey Riggs, Jim McVay
Committee Members Absent: Gordon Kimber
Council Members Attending: Scott Perkins
Planning Commission Liaison: None
Guests Attending: Ron Hernandez of Western Pacific, W and G Abbott, Steve and Linda Davis, M & K Thorpe, and Mark Vicars
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Sekhon, Leslie Chase
The meeting was called to order by Chair Harvey Riggs at 6:30 p.m.
2. PUBLIC HEARING
Harvey Riggs explained the public hearing process and asked residents to keep their comments between 3-5 minutes and submit speaker cards to the TAC.
Lisa Bobadilla gave a background on the Radar Speed Display Sign (RSDS) Program indicating that this is a demonstration project.
PJ Sekhon gave a Power Point presentation on the Radar Speed Display sign. PJ indicated that the 85th percentile or critical speed is the key indicator for its effectiveness. Speed reduction is the primary anticipated effect of the RSDS with volume being a secondary anticipated result. PJ outlined the criteria for installation as follows:
PJ indicated that Western Pacific, a preferred vendor, provided the specifications of the RSDS as follows:
PJ Sekhon reported that four locations were considered for the RSDS which includes Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Norris Canyon Road, and Montevideo Drive.
For Montevideo Drive, the sign will be located westbound Montevideo between Toluca Drive and Dolores Drive. RSDS will be installed on the left side on a existing pole, LUM #6436 with an 18" display sign which will flash between 25-29 mph. The display will flash "Slow Down" once the driver exceeds 30 mph.
Finally PJ presented staff recommendations to the TAC as follows:
PJ Sekhon introduced Ron Hernandez, project manager of Western Pacific Signal. Western Pacific has been identified as the preferred vendor for the RSDS.
Ron Hernandez installed the actual equipment which is the exact duplicate of what is being proposed for Montevideo Drive. This demonstration will give residents an opportunity to see what the product can do and how it would benefit them in terms of speed reduction. Mr. Hernandez indicated that the housing is made of a solid aluminum weighing 60 lbs. with a display that is strong and durable. It is also visible even with direct sunlight.
Mr. Hernandez elaborated that speed display sign has a slow down" feature that is unique combined with its capability to receive the speed of the vehicle accurately. He added that the same type of information is used by police officers for citation purposes. The display also comes with a flashing speed violatorís alert which tells the motorists how fast they are driving. The ambient light feature adjusts itself with brightness which is an added benefit.
A question was raised about the maintenance of RSDS equipment. Mr. Hernandez responded that this will be City responsibility; however, there is hardly anything to maintain except for changing the batteries, cleaning the sign and the solar panels. Mr. Hernandez stated that the LED display has a 5-year warranty.
Jim McVay asked if the sign is engineered to withstand 40-80 mile wind factor and mounting of the signage. PJ indicated that Cal West will be responsible for mounting the display sign. Mr. Hernandez stated that the wind factor has never been brought up in any location they have serviced and is confident that this will not be an issue in the future. The equipment will be mounted on the existing light pole which is the best way to install it due to its strength.
PJ Sekhon provided information on how the study was conducted that will gauge the speed reduction using the 85th percentile or the critical speed. An after study will be conducted six months after the equipment has been installed. PJ will use eastbound and eastbound speed and volume study to determine the effectiveness of the signage.
Robert Klingner asked staff how they identified the four locations for installation of the RSDS. PJ provided the following information: (1) Crow Canyon Road, eastbound between Bollinger and Crow Canyon Road and Creekside Drive - signage will advise motorists to slow down as they tend to carry the speed prior to entering San Ramon limit from Alameda County. (2) San Ramon Valley Boulevard, southbound between City limit and Hooper Drive Ė this corridor has quite a bit of activities (i.e., pedestrian activity with crosswalk, bus stop, driveways frontages, intersection) and would largely benefit with signage. (3 & 4) Norris Canyon Road and Montevideo Drive are two residential collector streets where speed humps, raised crosswalks or RTC tools are not viable options on these streets to resolve residentsí complaints.
There was discussion on size of the RSDS and its effectiveness. Signs will be posted high on the pole which will give the appearance that itís actually smaller. The display also comes with a 12-inch sign as an alternative. Harvey Riggs commented that the higher the sign the smaller it gets and for visibility purposes, he suggested the 18-inch signage noting that a 12-inch display sign may be too small for a moving vehicle to see.
Wayne Abbot of Montevideo Drive thanked the TAC and staff for their efforts. Mr. Abbott indicated that he was in favor of the radar speed display signage until he saw the actual display sign which he now feels was obtrusive. He added that sign is good for Crow Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Boulevard but is not advisable for residential streets; therefore, he opposed the staff recommendation to install signage on Montevideo Drive. Mr. Abbott also shared that Pleasanton has a similar unit that is smaller and more presentable.
Chair Riggs reported that staff received a telephone message from Mr. Matt Mosely of Montevideo Drive resident who is in favor of the installing the radar speed display sign on Montevideo Drive.
Steve Simmons proposed that bigger RSDS signs could be installed on the commercial side and smaller signs on the residential side.
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Simmons) to accept the staff report and recommend moving forward with the installation of the radar speed signs with the exception that the location on Montevideo Drive be supplied with a smaller sign which will give them an opportunity to test the display sign (5-0).
Chair Riggs thanked staff for the job they have done with the public hearing.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 17, 2007, location to be determined.