SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 21, 2011
Main City Hall Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon, San Ramon
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Peter Rathmann, Harvey Riggs, Victoria Harris, Steve Filson, and Greg Schniegenberg
Committee Members Absent: Jim McVay
Council Members Attending: Mayor H. Abram Wilson, Councilmember Carol Rowley
Planning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti
Teen Council Liaison: None
Guests Attending: Deborah Dagang, Parag Mehta
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Amy Dhaliwal
The meeting was called to order by Peter Rathmann at 6:30 pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Filson) to approve the March 17, 2011 meeting minutes as written (5-0). M/S/C/U (Schniegenberg/Filson) to approve the May 19, 2011 meeting minutes as written (5-0).
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Introduction of Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Summer Intern
Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, introduced Chris Warren to the TAC committee members. The MTC Summer intern will provide staff support throughout different departments and divisions in the City of San Ramon for the remainder of the summer.
4.2 I-680 Norris Canyon HOV Ramp Project Update – Stakeholder Meeting
Lisa Bobadilla provided background information related to the I-680 HOV On/Off Ramps. She stated that the Contra Costa County Transportation half cent sales tax includes a project entitled the I-680 Transit Corridor Improvement Project, and within that project there is a line item called the Norris Canyon High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) On and Off Ramp, which is in the Measure J Expenditure Plan. The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is the lead agency. Ms. Bobadilla then introduced the Project Manager from the CCTA, Parag Mehta, and introduced Deborah Dagang who is the Project Manager from CH2MHILL who will oversee the project from the environmental document standpoint.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that there have been several stakeholder meetings regarding the presentation of this project. The consultant from CH2MHILL has met with County Connection, and the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee. Future stakeholder meetings include presentations to Sunset Development, the City of San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, various home owners associations near the site, and will ultimately present to City Council. The purpose is to get feedback from key stakeholders and incorporate that into the environmental document.
Mr. Mehta then said that Lisa Bobadilla covered the introduction very well, and the CCTA is committed to this significant project as it affects the region.
Introduction and Project Goals. Deborah Dagang then began the presentation. Ms. Dagang said that this project has been an ongoing development since 2002, and what they were looking at was the best way to improve multi-modal travel on the I-680 Corridor, and the Norris Canyon HOV ramp is just one part of that. The goal of the project is to provide HOV and express bus access, reduce weaving on the I-680, and improve travel times.
Envriomental Impacts. Ms. Dagang stated that on of the environmental impacts of this project are the trees, obviously there would need to be tree mitigation because of this fact. Other than that, the environmental document will be a fairly straightforward environmental document. The property impacts of the project are very minor.
Environmental Documentation. Ms. Dagang went on to state that the Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report (PEAR) was prepared as a part of the Project Study Report (PSR). The environmental documentation is going to be a Negative Declaration because of the minimal environmental impacts.
Project Cost. The cost of the project is estimated at $102 million dollars, and these are escalated dollars due to future inflation, as well as the drop in sales tax revenue. Staff members assigned to the project continue to work on seeking additional funding sources, but in order to do that the project has to go through the environmental phase. Funding sources include the 2009 Measure J Strategic Plan and State Transportation Improvement (STIP) Funds. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Norris Canyon Project is in the STIP funding cycle for 2015.
Project Schedule. The Project Study Report (PSR) was completed in March 2010. The environmental document is underway with the completion of the document expected to be in April 2013. Once the environmental document is completed, the design of the project beings. Once that is complete the construction of the project will start and should be tentatively completed by June 2017.
Public Participation and Communication Plan. Ms. Dagang stated that, holding these key stakeholder meetings are very important because we obtain input to improve the project. After the key stakeholder meetings, we will conduct public meetings to update the community on the project status, and comply with the environmental processes.
Next Steps. The next steps are to develop Public Participation and Communication Plan, begin coordination efforts with Caltrans, mapping efforts in the study area, initiate environmental studies, and begin a traffic analysis.
Jeanne Benedetti asked if the HOV ramps would be open during non-commute hours. Ms. Dagang said that this will be studied during the environmental phase.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that it started in 2002, and as a part of the renewal of the Measure C expenditure plan, we looked at what we wanted for the San Ramon Valley. The I-680 Corridor Improvement project and the Norris Canyon HOV ramps were the most cost effective, and met the needs of the region.
Victoria Harris, asked what escalated dollars meant, in terms of the project cost. Ms. Dagang said that it is what the dollar amount would cost with inflation by that time, and other anticipated costs.
Ms. Bobadilla said that we will keep the committee updated on the project, and will bring up any pressing issues that come up over the course of the next two years.
Ms. Bobadilla thanked Ms. Dagang and Mr. Mehta for being here this evening.
4.3 Safe Routes to School Annual Report
PJ Dhoot reported on the item. She said that the Safe Routes to School program has been in the City for over 20 years. Over the past few years, staff developed a Safe Routes to School annual report. A draft of that report is included in the agenda packet. Starting in January up until May, Mrs. Dhoot conducted observations at each of the eleven elementary school sites in San Ramon, spending a minimum of 3 days at every school site, and included Wednesdays because at some schools there are no split schedules, meaning all children come and go to school at the same time. While Mrs. Dhoot is out conducting observations she meets with the school’s Office Manager who usually gets all the traffic complaints, so that Mrs. Dhoot can find out about the latest traffic issues. She works closely with the school Principal, Site Council, PTA, and the My Beat , My School Officers assigned to each school site.
The final report is taken to City Council every year, and this year it will go to Council on August 23, 2011. Pending approval, the recommendations are implemented from September – December.
Steve Filson asked if the Safe Routes to School program only focused on elementary school age children. Ms. Bobadilla said yes.
Mrs. Dhoot then began to present short-term and long-term recommendations for each of the elementary school sites to the TAC members.
- Bollinger Canyon Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include installing signage declaring the queuing lane for pick-up/drop-off as a “Tow-Away Zone” for vehicles left parked there from 1:00-4:00pm on school days, and install “No U-turn” signs at the intersection of Talavera Drive and Santander Drive. Long-term recommendations include installation of a pedestrian enhancement device at crosswalks located along Talavera Drive at Cardona Circle if warrants are met.
- Country Club Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include considering the installation of a mid-block crosswalk to channelize pedestrian activity along Blue Fox Way. Long-term recommendations include consider widening the sidewalks along the north side of Blue Fox Way, adjacent to the school site from 4 feet to 10 feet.
- Coyote Creek Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include the installation of a “No U-Turn” signage along North Gale Ridge Road between the school driveway exit and Lilac Ridge Road. The installation of a 250 foot red curb along westbound North Gale Ridge Road between the school driveway exit and Lilac Ridge Road. The installation of raised pavement markers along the centerline of Lilac Ridge Road. Long-term recommendations include the installation of pedestrian enhancement devices at the crosswalk located at North Gale Ridge Road at Lilac Ridge Road, and North Gale Ridge Road at Lantana Way when warranted.
- Golden View Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include considering adjusting the pedestrian signal timing so that it does not turn on mid-cycle. Long-term recommendations include consider extending the loading zone within the school driveway to take advantage of the curb space adjacent to the Multi-Purpose Room at the school site.
- Hidden Hills Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include continuing to monitor Silva Way for Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) improvements. Conduct a Stop Sign Warrant Analysis for the intersection of Albion Way at Silva Way. Long-term recommendations include the installation of pedestrian enhancement devices at the intersection of Albion Way and Silva Way when warranted.
- Live Oak Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include the implementation of an educational campaign during Back to School Registration and in the fall to educate students and parents on pedestrian safety. Conduct a Speed Hump Warrant Analysis along Enfield Way. Long-Term Recommendations include the installation of a pedestrian bridge connecting Sherwood Way to Enfield Way.
- Montevideo Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include the installation of “No-Parking” signage and pavement markings within the school driveway parking space. There are no long-term recommendations at this time.\
- Neil Armstrong Elementary School. There are no short-term or long-term recommendations at this time.
- Quail Run Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include the installation of 25 feet of red curb at the intersection of Goldenbay Avenue and Ivy Leaf Springs Road. The installation of “No U-Turn” signage along Goldenbay Avenue near Applewood Drive. There are no long-term recommendations at this time.
- Twin Creeks Elementary School. Short-term recommendations include the installation of advanced school pedestrian warning signage along Bollinger Canyon Road. The installation of pedestrian enhancement feature along Dos Rios Drive. Educating parents on the use of crosswalks via the school newsletter. Long-term recommendations include the installation of pedestrian enhancement devices at the crosswalk located along Dos Rios Drive.
- Walt Disney Elementary School. There are no short-term or long-term recommendations at this time.
Mr. Riggs said he had a short term recommendation for Walt Disney Elementary School. He stated that there is a sign information overload when driving by the school. He recommends staff to take a look at the signage near the school.
Mr. Filson thanked Mrs. Dhoot and staff for all the work that was put into the Safe Routes to School Annual report.
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Rathmann) approve of the draft annual report as written (5-0), and thanked Mrs. Dhoot for her work on the report.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
5.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot reported on the item.
Riviera way: Riviera Way has been completed. A radar trailer was deployed on May 16-17 and June 23-24, 2011 along Riviera Way. Speed citations have been issued over the past 2-2.5 months with only a few going to residents of that street. The average speed was recorded at 20mph, and the critical speed at 26mph. A letter was sent to residents informing them of our findings, and to let them know that they will continue to have selective enforcement and deploy radar trailer occasionally. No significant issues at this time, and Mrs. Dhoot has not heard from any residents at this time.
Mr. Rathmann asked if there is a high volume of cars that go through Riveria Way rather than speeding. Ms. Bobadilla said that the street is close to California High School.
Silva way: Speeding on the street has been the raised issue on Silva Way. Radar Trailer was deployed, but no data was captured because of a malfunction. When police officers were out on the site for selective enforcement, they did not have an issue with speeding. Once school is in session, there will be another radar trailer deployed to see what is going on, and get selective enforcement out there to fully analyze the situation. A Stop Sign Warrant Analysis will take place once school is back in session.
Castleton Drive: Mrs. Dhoot informed TAC that in 2001 a petition for Speed Humps and a Stop Sign on Castleton Drive was submitted to the City. However, neither warrant was met for the installation of Speed Humps or a Stop Sign; as a result a special warrant was created for this situation, which was called the Residential Traffic Calming Warrant for Stop Signs. The criteria for this Stop Sign Warrant were much more lax than current Stop Sign warrant criteria, and therefore the criteria were met and the Stop Sign was installed. Today, residents are calling to complain that the motorists are running the Stop Sign. Therefore, Mrs. Dhoot has requested that the San Ramon Police Department conduct selective enforcement and provide feedback to staff.
Arlington Way: Speeding was reported by residents, as a result, radar trailer was deployed, and results will be available next month.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1 Committee Member Items
Mr. Riggs asked everyone to look at the Circulation Element of the Contra Costa County General Plan in regards to Tassajara Valley. The second item is the parking at the post office--Mr. Riggs thinks that some people are parked longer than 30 minutes and there should be parking enforcement in that area.
Steve Filson said that he did a presentation about the Streets Smarts Program to the Chamber of Commerce, and they were really interested and impressed by the program.
Victoria Harris wanted to know what the status was regarding the eastbound direction of Bollinger Canyon Road, there are buttons on the street that make it look like there is a double left turn lane, there is a lot of traffic due to what Victoria thinks is confusion. Ms. Bobadilla said that she will speak to the Senior Traffic Engineer to find out the status of that issue.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
Jeanne Benedetti reported on the item. Ms. Benedetti said that Planning Commission passed the Climate Action Plan, and Donna Kerger is now the Chair of the Planning Commission.
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for August 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main City Hall Conference Room.