SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 20, 2007
Planning Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Gordon Kimber, Steve Simmons, Harvey Riggs
Committee Members Absent: Jim McVay
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: None
Teen Council Liaison: Lucas Ho
Guests Attending: None
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Leslie Chase, Travis Yokoyama and Officer Goyich
The meeting was called to order by Chair Riggs 6:30 p.m.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Kimber/Simmons) to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2007 meeting as written (3-0).
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
4.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
Harvey Riggs reported on the bus to BART schedule changes. Mr. Riggs volunteered to deliver copies of the flyer to the San Ramon Senior Center. Leslie Chase will deliver copies to the Community Center and Dougherty Station. Harvey expressed committee’s concerns on County Connection’s ticket sales and the City of Walnut Creek shuttle. There is a new system map which will be available next month.
4.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot gave an update on the active residential traffic calming streets as follows: (1) Bollinger Canyon Road – awaiting response from Engineering staff regarding the status of the widening project (2) Windemere Parkway – install regulatory and school zone signage and conduct speed enforcement (3) Red Willow Road – met with HOA, work on educational campaign, and continue police enforcement (4) Ensenada Drive – implement phase 1 of the RTC program (5) Twin Creeks Drive – staff to discuss recommendations (6) Terra Alta/Greenwich – initiate selective enforcement (7) Montevideo Drive – selective enforcement is underway (8) Bandol Way – still awaiting letter from residents detailing requested measures including turn restrictions.
4.3 Cal High Parking Study Update
Travis Yokoyama gave an update on the Cal High Parking study. Staff met with the School District and Cal High to determine the type of activities and the number of attendees they have during the school year. Travis created a spreadsheet which illustrates what goes on at Cal High combined with the number of students participating in those activities.
Travis Yokoyama continues to collect information/data from the School District for Kimley-Horn, Cal High consultant. Based on the approved data that was presented, a calendar/master list was created. Lisa Bobadilla informed that TAC that Kimley Horn will be invited to the TAC meeting to give an update on demand, capacity, and parking accommodations at Cal High.
Gordon Kimber asked staff if there is an assurance that students will use the Cal High parking lot once construction is completed. Lisa Bobadilla indicated that the Cal High parking may be repaved and restriped and the parking committee will work on the final master plan to be sure that it will have sufficient parking and circulation.
Harvey Riggs stated that he did not see any indication that parking spaces are used by participants such as meetings at Cal High and Aquatic Center. Lisa responded that the document presented is only for Cal High activities or athletic related events. Harvey indicated that the severe ingress and egress problem at the Cal High parking lot need to be addressed.
4.4 Dougherty Valley Transit Service Status Report
Lisa Bobadilla reported that December 18, 2007 is the one-year anniversary of the Dougherty Transit Service Route 135. The Dougherty Valley transit service has to meet 70% of the County Connection performance standard that is required after five years. As of December 2007, Dougherty Valley is about 62% of the performance standard which is very encouraging. Lisa noted that Bishop Ranch has extended providing free service to its employees for another 6 months. Prizes will be given to passengers taking Route 135 from January 14 to February 14, 2008.
Lisa Bobadilla reported that the County has collected $800,000 of transit fees from the developers which are being applied to recovery cost for Route 135.
5. NEW BUSINESS
5.1 Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Campaign
PJ Dhoot reported on the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 – Passive Traffic Calming campaign. This program could be added to the Phase 1 mitigation measure. PJ showed examples of two types of signage that are being recommended. She also reported that staff received requests from two homeowner associations requesting that the City approves this campaign so that they can adopt the signage plan. PJ asked TAC for feedback.
Steve Simmons commented that the proposal was a good idea and suggested that this be incorporated with the Safe Routes to School program.
Harvey Riggs brought up the following concerns: (1) For 15 years TAC has talked to citizens about children not to play on the streets. The signs show two children playing which appears to be an approval for kids to be playing on the street. This is not in the City’s best interest in its present form. Harvey suggested that this be brought up to the City Attorney for review (2) His second concern is when yard signs are approved, the City will have nothing but signs in the residential neighborhood. Harvey stated that data calls for 5 foot set back of property line and an easement of 10 ft. The sign will be set with a 15 foot set back which is not going to be visible.
Harvey Riggs is not in favor of the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Campaign and will defer approval until there is a legal opinion. He would like a response to his concerns before he decides on any recommendation.
Lisa Bobadilla suggested that this item be brought up to the TAC in January for additional review before staff takes it to Policy Committee.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1. Committee Member Items
Lisa Bobadilla stated that she would like the committee (1) to review the TAC work plan at the January TAC meeting (i.e. Measure J School Bus Program. (2) Bring Windemere Parkway issues to the TAC. (3) Bring Draft Ordinance with 25 mph speed limit near parks that accommodate ongoing children’s activities.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2007 at the Planning Conference Room.
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