SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 20, 2008
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Gordon Kimber, Jim McVay
Committee Members Absent: Steve Simmons, Harvey Riggs
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, Jim Springer
The meeting was called to order by Chair Kimber 6:33 p.m.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chair Kimber stated that the approval of the February 21, 2008 will be deferred to the next TAC meeting due to lack of a quorum. In addition, there will be no action taken at this meeting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
4.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
There is no update on this item due to Harvey Rigg’s absence.
4.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot gave an update on the active residential traffic calming streets. She reported that staff received a loitering complaint at Rosario Court. A request for additional "no parking signs" was also received; however, staff confirmed there is sufficient signage on the Court. Her recommendation at this time would be increased police enforcement.
PJ Dhoot reported that Sedgefield Drive, Bowlin Avenue, Ensenada Drive, and Olympia Fields Drive fall in the category of traffic calming requests. Staff will deploy radar trailers at these locations and will implement Phase 1. PJ also reported on speeding concerns at Montevideo Drive. Foster Drive is also a traffic calming issue. Staff stated that a petition may come in for Residential Traffic Calming measure on this street.
4.3 Cal High/ Aquatic Center Parking Study Update
Travis Yokoyama stated that comments to the draft Cal High Parking study are due the end of March 2008. Once comments are received, a meeting will be held between the school district, City, and Kimley Horn to review comments. The final Cal High Parking Study draft will be presented to the TAC at the May meeting.
5.4 Measure J Program update
Lisa Bobadilla introduced Walt Trembley to staff and the committee. Mr. Trembley will be an official member of the TAC as the Chamber of Commerce representative starting April 2008.
Lisa Bobadilla presented the Measure J School Bus Program. She indicated that eligible projects include continued operation of the Lamorinda School Bus Program, the inauguration of San Ramon Valley School Bus Program or other projects in the San Ramon Valley that reduce school related congestion, or improve the safety of children traveling to and from schools.
The preliminary program would utilize 19 buses representing ridership of 2,195 students from 1,742 addresses. The service delivery is based on the following fundamental design assumptions:
Lisa Bobadilla indicated that in February 2008, the TAC, Citizen Advisory Committee, and Policy Advisory Committee considered two service delivery models while analyzing its pros and cons.
Public Agency Model – This program would resemble how a public school district might deliver bus service. The service would use in-house personnel as well as publicly owned assets. This model offers an increased ability to affect service quality through the direct management of personnel and assets consistent with the public’s expectations. The negative factors include higher personnel cost and start-up costs and the inability to quickly adapt to changing program needs.
Contract Service Model – the program would use contracted personnel (bus drivers) and assets (buses, shop, equipment and corporation yard). This would resemble how the Lamorinda School Bus Program currently delivers its service. This model will have lower personnel cost, will have more flexibility to adapt to changing needs, and the costs of associated assets would reflect an incremental percentage of the contract’s organization’s assets as opposed to the full costs of the start up acquisitions. The only negative factor is the inability to affect service quality through the direct management of personnel and assets.
Based on budget comparisons, the PAC unanimously supported the Contract Service Model option and recommendations were made to initiate the necessary efforts to prepare for service delivery in 2009.
5. NEW BUSINESS
5.1 Review Draft Criteria for Installation of Traffic Control Devices
PJ Dhoot discussed the Draft Warrant Criteria for Installation of In-Roadway Lights and Flashing Yellow Beacons. Both enhancement devices currently do not have warrants in MUTCD nor ITE although they have been approved for installation based on the judgment of local agency staff at other cities.
In-Roadway Lights are used as a visual warning system to alert motorists to the presence of pedestrians crossing or preparing to cross the street. The flashing yellow beacons are also used as warning beacons to visibly alert motorists by emphasizing a midblock crosswalk or an uncontrolled crosswalk. PJ explained in detail how these two devices work.
PJ stated that based on the survey conducted by various cities and agencies’ experiences with installing these two devices, staff has developed draft warrant criteria focusing on the key characteristics that may be considered when deciphering locations for proposed installation. These criteria include:
PJ Dhoot distributed additional material at the meeting and discussed all of the above criteria in detail. She also informed the TAC that the City traffic engineer will be attending the meeting to give a presentation on the on the warrant criteria for In-Roadway Lights and Flashing Yellow Beacons. PJ noted that the warrant criteria will be similar to the RTC warrant criteria that are already in place.
Jim McVay made a suggestion to funnel people to one street as opposed to crossing at multiple locations. He also suggested that staff give priority to installing traffic control device along the Iron Horse Trail crossing.
Gordon Kimber stated that consideration should be given to sensitivity of land use around a crosswalk like a senior center or shopping center.
PJ asked the committee to review the draft warrant criteria for the two traffic control devices and provide feedback to staff.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
7.1. Committee Member Items
Officer Springer agreed that the lighted crosswalks are a good traffic calming device enhancement. He stated that lighted crosswalk is an attention getter which is good for the pedestrians’ safety.
7.2 City Council Liaison Items
7.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
7.4 Teen Council Items
Lucas Ho was concerned about speeding at Cal High. He suggested that traffic lights be installed at crowded areas in the vicinity of Cal High. PJ responded by indicating that the warrant criteria for traffic lights is more restrictive, difficult, and expensive. As an alternative, she will look into the possibility of installation of a stop sign which is easier to install as criteria is less restrictive.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 17, 2008 at the Planning Conference Room.
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