1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Gordon Kimber, Harvey Riggs, Walt Trembley
Committee Members Absent: Steve Simmons, Jim McVay
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: Harry Sachs
Teen Council Liaison: Lucas Ho
Guests Attending: Hugh Blackwell
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Leslie Chase, Mike Talley, Officer John Goyich, Sgt. David White, Jim Springer
The meeting was called to order by Chair Kimber 6:30 p.m.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Kimber/Riggs) to approve the minutes of the February 21, 2008 as written. (3-0).
Chair Kimber deferred the motion to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2008 minutes since Harvey Riggs was not present at the March TAC meeting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
Hugh Blackwell of Toluca Drive expressed concern on the intersection of Montevideo Drive and Veracruz Drive where an accident recently occurred. They were discussions about speed humps on Toluca Drive in the past. Mr. Blackwell also stated that there was no crosswalk at Veracruz Drive and no crossing guard at school time. He stressed the need for a 3-way stop sign at the intersection.
Lisa Bobadilla elaborated on Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) measures staff has embarked over the years addressing the number and speed of vehicles along Montevideo Drive and Veracruz Drive. With the installation of speed humps along Veracruz Drive there was a reduction of speed and the number of vehicles. In addition, staff will be moving forward with the Radar Speed Display Sign installation at Montevideo Drive as soon as the license agreement with PG&E is resolved. Also in the coming weeks, staff will be analyzing the existing red curb at the intersection of Montevideo Drive and Veracruz Drive for turning visibility. Staff is also conducting an all-way stop sign warrant analysis at this intersection and will present the information at the following TAC meeting.
Lisa Bobadilla stated that she would defer the discussion on the actual accident and any future action to the next TAC meeting. Harvey Riggs would like a full explanation from the Traffic Patrol Division about what they see as the problem at that intersection as it will play a big role in future discussions.
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
4.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
PJ Dhoot reported that the CAC received positive feedback from the Board about their January presentation and will start giving them updates every six months.
One of their goals is to determine the number of transit shelters and benches at all transit locations and work on enhancing the service on locations with high ridership/high pedestrian volume. County Connection will provide the CAC with key ridership and bus stop information they need to identify transit locations and initiate service enhancements.
4.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot gave an update on the following active residential traffic calming streets:
(1) Broadmoor Drive – make crosswalk as part of Safe Routes to school observation. Staff will finalize Safe Routes to School recommendations into an annual report
(2) Bowlin Avenue – deployed radar trailer and requested police enforcement
(3) Chancery Way – deployed radar trailer and requested police enforcement
(4) Ensenada Drive – not enough consensus on the petition so staff will pursue alternative RTC measures
(5) Foster Drive – need to receive 75% signed petition out of 42 residences for speed hump.
(6) Lilac Ridge – speed concerns, street used as cut-through. Staff put additional signage, deployed radar trailer, and requested police enforcement
(7) Sedgefield Drive – deployed radar trailer and requested police enforcement.
Harvey Riggs asked staff for information on the radar speed display trial sign at Montevideo Drive. Lisa Bobadilla stated that the City is waiting for the license agreement from PG&E so they can proceed with its installation.
4.3 Cal High Parking Study Update
Lisa Bobadilla reported that the first draft Cal High Parking study has been reviewed and a second round of revision is underway. A final draft is expected to be completed by April 24, 2008. The Cal High committee will meet in May to review the study with the City elected officials and school district and later agendized for Council approval. Lisa Bobadilla plans to invite a member of the school district to one of the upcoming TAC meetings to present an overview on the development of the construction project. Harvey Riggs asked staff to provide the TAC an overview of consultant’s recommendation on parking and circulation.
4.4 Review Draft Criteria for Installation of Traffic Control Devices
PJ Dhoot distributed the Draft Pedestrian Enhancement Devices Warrant to TAC. PJ stated that In-Roadway Lights and Flashing Yellow Beacons will be used on collector and arterial roadways not local residential street where RTC is used. PJ explained the following guidelines:
PJ Dhoot elaborated on the warrant criteria which includes (1) critical speed (2) pedestrian/Bicyclist volume for an 8 hour period (3) Pedestrian/Bicyclist related accident history (4) Existence of nearby traffic control (5) Safe Routes to School (6) surrounding land use and (7) other considerations. The minimum number of points needed for consideration of pedestrian enhancement devices installation should equal 24 points.
Officer John Goyich requested staff to delete the 25 mph posted speed limit and leave it as the posted speed limit. On the accident history, TAC and the officers agreed that the accident data should be revisited and the point system assigned to the injury versus fatality should be further elaborated. There was discussion that the 36 months accident history should be reviewed.
Harvey Riggs commented that pedestrian crosswalk gives an implication of safety which is the mindset of young people. Motorists in general should be aware of this mindset. Harvey also stated that when this item is sent to the City Council for adoption, staff should know that the selected warrant criteria is for average use throughout the City and staff should be able to override the criteria for certain individuals for certain intersections. Mike Talley responded that fatal collision at intersections make it a good candidate.
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Trembley) to concur with staff recommendation with applicable changes recommended by the committee (3-0).
5. NEW BUSINESS
5.1 FY 08/09 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Update
Mike Talley, senior traffic engineer, gave an overview of the draft five year Capital Improvement Project for FY 2008-2013. He also discussed the proposed project circulation and traffic signal for the next five years.
Mike Talley discussed the Crow Canyon Road Pavement Rehabilitation that is between San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Bollinger Canyon Road, the San Ramon Valley Boulevard between Crow Canyon Road, and Norris Canyon Road. He reported that Old Ranch Road pavement management project from Dougherty Road to Alcosta Boulevard will be advertised next week. Mike also indicated the lighting improvement on Dougherty Road is under design and mentioned that Dougherty Road will have a raised median.
The FY 08/09 CIP will be presented to the City Council the first meeting of May for adoption the second Council meeting in May.
5.2 Informational Report Related to Extension of 25 mph School zone from 500 ft. to 1000 ft.
Lisa Bobadilla gave an overview on the proposed extension of 25 mph school zone. She stated that the City Attorney provided staff with a draft resolution for review and approval.
PJ Dhoot explained that the extension of 25 mph school zones could be extended from 500 ft. up to 1,000 feet which does not apply to any roadway with a speed limit greater than 30 mph. The Assembly Bill 321 was applied to all the San Ramon school sites as follows:
After conducting the analysis, staff found that a majority of San Ramon’s schools are in residential neighborhoods with an existing speed limit of 25 mph, such as Montevideo Elementary and Neil Armstrong Elementary. While other schools such as Golden View Elementary and Bollinger Canyon Elementary consist of roadways that have more than two travel lanes and have posted speed limits higher than 30 mph. Assembly Bill 321 does not apply to such roadways.
PJ reported that Assembly Bill 321 would be applicable to Hidden Hills Elementary School. Hidden Hills Elementary has three roadways which provide access to the school site, they are:
PJ indicated that by extending the school zone from the existing 500 ft. to 1,000’ ft. the Hidden Hills Elementary school zone will incorporate Hidden Valley Park. Hidden Valley Park lies 750 ft. east of the school site, and will be part of the school zone if it is extended to 1,000 ft. Hence the new school zone will extend 1,000 ft. west of the school site, and 1,000 ft.’ east of the school site along Albion Road.
Harvey Riggs would like committee/staff to consider a program relative to schools and parks in the future. The concern is people are not adhering to the 25 mph speed limit in residential areas. Harvey commented that staff did an excellent job.
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Trembley) to concur with staff recommendation (3-0)
5.3 Tri-Valley Transportation Plan
Lisa Bobadilla gave a brief background on the Tri-Valley Transportation Plan. The Measure J program will begin in April 2009 which will run for 25 years. Part of this expenditure plan allows San Ramon and cities within CCC to receive return to source funds. The Tri-Valley Transportation Plan includes:
Lisa Bobadilla elaborated on the Routes of Regional Significance, Growth Rates and Future Travel Patterns and the Financial Plans. The passage of Measure J will allow Contra Costa jurisdictions to receive half cent sales tax program dollars for the pavement management program between 2009–2034. Additional funding such as increasing traffic development fees will aid in supporting future transportation needs throughout the region.
The presentation will go to the City Council on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 then to Tri-Valley Transportation Council on April 30, 2008. The second revision of the Tri-Valley Plan will be circulated in summer of 2009. If there are any significant changes on the Plan, it will be sent back to the committee for review.
In response to Harvey Riggs’ question, Lisa Bobadilla stated that there are plans for additional express buses for the opening of the new Dublin BART station sometime next year.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1. Committee Member Items
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
Harry Sachs, Alternate Planning Commission Liaison, raised the issue of the sidewalk at Blue Fox Way for Country Club Elementary School, which is only 4 feet wide making it tight for the pedestrians, bicyclists, and strollers. Mr. Sachs talked to PJ about increasing the walkway size along the frontage of the school on Blue Fox Way by eliminating the shrubs, paving over the dirt, and eliminating one no parking sign and pole. Mr. Sachs asked if this could be accomplished with Safe Routes to School funds.
6.4 Teen Council Items
Lucas Ho had concerns about Montevideo Drive and Broadmoor Drive crossing and the slow traffic in the afternoon when parents are picking up kids. He also suggested that at the upcoming Bike Rodeo that bike helmets should be checked to make sure bicyclists could hear with their helmets on. The committee stated that the school bus program could help the situation.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 17, 2008 at the Planning Conference Room.
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