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MINUTES

SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

March 19, 2009
Planning Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon

1. CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:        Gordon Kimber, Harvey Riggs, Jim McVay,     Peter Rathmann, Walt Trembley and Ken Dawdy                                             

Committee Members Absent:   None

Council Members Attending: None

Planning Commission Liaison:  Harry Sachs

Teen Council Liaison:  Ashley Jensen

Guests Attending:  Brad Beck                                                                             

Staff Members Attending:                  Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot and Travis Yokoyama

The meeting was called to order by Chair Harvey Riggs at 6:30PM.

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

TAC members unanimously approved the minutes of the February 19, 2009 meeting with correction to the date noted on the agenda.

3.        PUBLIC COMMENT          

None.

4.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1       County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee

Chair Riggs described the ongoing efforts of both the County Connection staff and the Citizens Advisory Committee members on spreading information about the new service changes and fare increases going into effect on March 22, 2009. Members of the County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee have been attending local City Council meetings, senior centers, schools and BART stations to talk to riders about the upcoming changes. The Citizens Advisory Committee chair, PJ Dhoot, will give a presentation to the County Connection Board of Directors in April regarding the outreach efforts.

4.2      Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

PJ Dhoot provided an update on the City’s Residential Traffic Calming Program:

Thunderbird Drive has requested the Speed Hump petition package and has until May 4, 2009 to submit 75% of the signed petitions in order to move the process forward.
  • Residents along Monarch Road have complained of speeding and failure by motorists to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk leading to Monarch Park.
  • Residents along Calais Drive have requested traffic calming to reduce the speeds and the volume of vehicles traveling on their street as a result of installing speed humps on Westchester Drive. Chair Riggs said based on his observations there is minimal traffic on Calais Drive outside of Neil Armstrong Elementary School’s pick-up and drop-off times and that he did not observe a benefit for motorists to avoid Westchester Drive by using Calais Drive.

4.3       Radar Speed Display Sign Program Update         

PJ Dhoot provided a two-fold presentation regarding the Radar Speed Display Sign Program. The first component of the presentation was the Before & After Study related to the four existing Radar Speed Display Signs. Mrs. Dhoot explained that the Before & After Study showed a significant decrease in the traveling speeds of vehicles along both arterial and collector roadways in San Ramon. She highlighted the success of the Radar Speed Display Sign Program on the locations selected, their surrounding land uses and input from the TAC throughout the program development period. The Before & After Study proved to achieve a reduction in vehicles speeds between 1.8 – 5.8 miles per hour. Due to the success of this program, Mrs. Dhoot explained the launch of the second phase of the Radar Speed Display Sign Program.

As part of the 2008/2009 fiscal year, the San Ramon City Council has authorized an additional $40,000 for the installation of four additional Radar Speed Display Signs throughout San Ramon’s Transportation Network. As such, the TAC has been reviewing potential installation locations over the course of the past two months. Mrs. Dhoot explained that two public hearings will be held to review the installation of the additional Radar Speed Display Signs along the following locations:

  • Morgan Drive
  • Pine Valley Road
  • Rosincress Drive
  • Twin Creeks Drive

Following the public hearings in April and May, the TAC will have the ability to recommend the installation of the Radar Speed Display Signs at these four locations. Staff would then procure and install the equipment prior to June 30, 2009. Following the installation of the new Radar Speed Display Signs, staff will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the signs.

4.4       Yarmouth Way Turn Restrictions

PJ Dhoot presented the proposed turn restrictions for Yarmouth Way. Mrs. Dhoot explained that this was the third request by residents of Yarmouth Way to address traffic calming on their street; the two previous requests were for the installation of speed humps, and the warrant criteria was not met, therefore the TAC had not recommended the installation of unwarranted speed humps on Yarmouth Way. The current request is to install turn restrictions from both Tareyton Avenue and Davona Drive onto Yarmouth Way during the hours of 7:30-9:00AM and 2:30-4:00PM to specifically address cut-through traffic from California High School. Mrs. Dhoot explained the traffic counts conducted on Yarmouth Way as follows:

  • The Total Average Daily Traffic Volume on Yarmouth Way is 370 vehicles. This is within the San Ramon General Plan goal of 500 vehicles on a local residential street.
  • The total number of vehicles turning onto Yarmouth Way during the proposed turn restriction hours of 7:30-9:00AM and 2:30-4:00PM is 207 vehicles. This represents 56% of the total Average Daily Traffic Volume on Yarmouth Way.

According to the RTC program guidelines, any mitigation measure which diverts or transfers over 10% of the vehicle volume onto neighboring local residential roadways is not recommended.

The TAC members deliberated on the request and concluded that the turn restrictions should not be implemented as they would reroute vehicles onto neighboring streets and intersections. Rather, the TAC recommended that the San Ramon Police Department conduct selective police enforcement between the hours of 8:10-8:20AM and 3:10-3:20PM to cite speeders. The TAC and the Teen Council Liaison believe that the same motorists travel Yarmouth Way during school hours, therefore by selective police enforcement the message will reach all motorists during the identified time period.

5.         NEW BUSINESS

5.1
      Countywide Transportation Plan

Brad Beck of the Contra Costa Transit Authority presented the Countywide Transportation Plan to the TAC. The Contra Costa Transportation Authority has released the Draft 2009 Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan. This is the 3rd update to the plan and it is built on the efforts of elected officials and staff from cities, towns and the County of Contra Costa as well as staff from other county, regional, and State transportation agencies.

The 2009 CTP focuses on implementing Measure J projects. It also defines the Authority’s vision, goals and strategies for managing the impacts of growth and improving mobility on streets, highways, transit systems and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

The Authority will hold a public hearing on the draft EIR in May. Members of the public should submit comments to the Transportation Authority by April 6, 2009.

5.2      San Ramon Bicycle Map Guide     

Travis Yokoyama provided a brief overview of the first draft San Ramon Bicycle Pamphlet. This pamphlet would be used to inform bicyclists of the bike routes in San Ramon and the programs the City endorses. It was clearly stated that this pamphlet was the first draft and will be updated in the future. Also, this pamphlet would be used for informational purposes only. Travis had asked the TAC members to please provide comments on this pamphlet by the next TAC meeting in April.  

6.  COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1.      TAC Committee Member Items

None.

5.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

5.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Commissioner Sachs provided an update on the development projects currently under review.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20PM. The next regular TAC meeting is scheduled for April 16, 2009 with the location to be determined.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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