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September 17, 2009
Planning Department Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending: Harvey Riggs, Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris,                              Walt Trembley

Committee Members Absent:  Jim McVay, Ken Dawdy                                                            

Council Members Attending:    None

Planning Commission Liaison: None

Teen Council Liaison:   Sai Avala

Guests Attending:    Pat York                                                                                               

Staff Members Attending:  Lisa Bobadilla, Leslie Chase, Mike Talley and Officer John Goyich

The meeting was called to order by Chair Riggs at 6:32 pm.   He introduced Sai Avala,  new Teen Council representative, to TAC and staff.


M/S/C/U (Rathmann/Riggs) to approve the minutes of the July 16, 2009 meeting as written.


Pat York stated that she wants to avoid the installation of speed humps on Thunderbird Drive.  Ms. York indicated that some of the residents signed the petition without giving it much thought and some didn’t know the petition was for speed humps.  Ms. York also noted that with TRAFFIX now in operation, a decrease in traffic was observed.

Harvey Riggs stated that this is not an action item on the agenda but Lisa Bobadilla will give Ms. York an update on Thunderbird Drive.  Officer Goyich asked Ms. York to call the Police Department if there are any speed related problems on Thunderbird Drive.


4.1       Status Report of the Crow Canyon Road and Bollinger Canyon Road Corridor Traffic Signal System Update Project (CIP 5457)

Mike Talley, Senior Traffic Engineer, stated that he wanted TAC’s input on the systems upgrade.  Mike provided a Power Point presentation on Traffic Management System Upgrade..  He indicated that the goal of the project is to provide the highest possible degree of safety for users of San Ramon roadways and to provide traffic flow in San Ramon in the most efficient possible manner.  Mike Talley discussed in detail how traffic can be improved by upgrading the traffic management system as follows:

Install adaptive traffic control for Transportation Core Area
  • Improve communications network
  • Improve data collection and monitoring capabilities

Mike Talley reported that the project cost of $1,174.150 is 100% funded.  Funds came from a combination of Traffic Light Synchronization Project (TLSP) amounting to $785,000 and Traffic Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) amounting the $389,150.   Staff recommendations include phasing the project due to State’s budget crisis which leads to postponement of funding. 

Phase 1 includes:

  • Design
  • communications system upgrades
  • detection system upgrades (TFCA portion up the $389,000 ) 

Phase 2 includes:

  • remaining construction
  • testing
  • system maintenance (TLSP portion up to $785,000).

Mike Talley an “ideal system” which is one that will allow synchronization with Caltran’s system, user friendly, cost-effective, has records of successful deployments with latest features available in the market.  Request for Proposals (RFPs) were advertised on the City website and sent to known vendors of adoptive systems generating five proposals which were evaluated by staff. 

Staff will submit recommendations for Award of Phase 1 to the City Council on September 22, 2009, begin Phase 1 construction and initiate procurement of a traffic management system for the entire City. 

Victoria Harris asked if staff will consider the company’s financial stability when selecting a candidate. 

Harvey Riggs concurred that it is a good idea to ask for financials since this is a big responsibility.  Harvey asked staff consider the downside and the inconvenience to residents as well as look at the long term benefit to the citizens before making a judgment and making a selection.   

Peter Rathmann asked about the travel time study under the present condition.  Mike said that the benefit will not be obvious instantly but citizens will eventually notice the efficiency and reduction of travel time. 


5.1       Status Report - Thunderbird Drive Traffic Calming

Lisa Bobadilla gave a brief background on the Public Hearing that was held on July 16, 2009 to consider the installation of speed humps on Thunderbird Drive.  Following the public comments, TAC made the following recommendations:

  • Consider the installation of speed humps on Thunderbird Drive
  • Consider the installation of a raised crosswalk, and
  • Where feasible, install stop signs at intersections along Thunderbird Drive

Lisa Bobadilla reported that staff has scheduled the stop sign warrant analysis.  She stated that at the October meeting, staff will present the summary of the stop sign warrant analysis, summary of speed hump locations, and discussion of the feasibility of installing raised crosswalks along that corridor.  Public Hearing, if needed, will be scheduled at the November TAC meeting.

5.2       County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report

Harvey Riggs gave an update on the CAC indicating that County Connection is looking for ways to control its budget. He reported that County Connection has designed a computer program with an electronic bus counter that will display graphs showing people on and off the bus.  This will give CCCTA management an idea as far as determining the least amount of use and the highest cost of service.  Harvey stated that the correct approach other than cutting budget is to identify niche markets that they are having problems with and develop a special marketing program to improve them or one that would keep County Connection’s service until the economy improves. 

5.3       Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report

Lisa Bobadilla reported that there are a number of stop sign warrant analyses scheduled in September/October including North Wedgewood and Sherwood Way.  There are also a number of streets where staff requested traffic officers to provide selective enforcement and radar deployment.   Lisa added that the stop sign warrant analyses will be underway for Thunderbird Drive as well.

5.4       Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency – TRAFFIX Update

Lisa Bobadilla gave a brief background on the Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency.  She stated that the fundamental goal of the program is to reduce traffic congestion in areas where intersections are operating at Level of Service E and F.  She also indicated that TRAFFIX has a fully interactive website where parents could go to purchase annual passes.  Lisa also stated that TRAFFIX is using Fremont Bank for on-line purchases and Walt Trembley was instrumental in helping get this program up and running.  She also indicated that the reduction of traffic congestion is encouraging but staff will be conducting traffic counts in these areas to compare the counts from previous years.

The next steps with TRAFFIX includes outreach to targeted neighborhoods in San Ramon, specifically Walt Disney Elementary, presentations to PTA’s and school sites, direct mail campaign, City newsletter, and Channel 30 “Slice of Life” to promote the program.

Victoria Harris requested staff to show why there is a higher acceptance rate in Danville than San Ramon.  Lisa responded that the routes in Danville are longer routes and the school sites are along very old roadways which are literally gridlock at those intersections. 


6.1.      Committee Member Items


Lisa Bobadilla reported that the City Clerk’s Office will sponsor a training to educate committee members on proper protocol and procedures.    She encouraged the newer members of the TAC committee to participate while Harvey noted that the training is a worthwhile experience.  TAC members will get their notice in the mail about the City-sponsored training schedule. 

6.2       City Council Liaison Items


6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items


6.4       Teen Council Liaison


7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for October 15, 2009 at the Planning Conference Room.

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