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MINUTES

SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

August 18, 2011

Main City Hall Conference Room

2226 Camino Ramon, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:     Peter Rathmann, Harvey Riggs, Greg Schniegenberg, and Jim McVay

Committee Members Absent:         Victoria Harris, Steve Filson                   

Council Members Attending:         None

Planning Commission Liaison:         Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                   None

Guests Attending:                        None                                                         

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/Schniegenberg) to approve the July 21, 2011 meeting minutes as written (4-0).

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Street Smarts School Year 2011-2012 Update

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, introduced the item to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). Ms. Bobadilla first provided some background information regarding the San Ramon Valley Streets Smarts Program. She informed committee members that the program was launched 7 years ago, and that is a collaborative effort between the City of San Ramon, Town of Danville, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and the Contra Costa County District 3 office. The program was a direct result of three very significant traffic tragedies that resulted in the death of children in the San Ramon Valley. The San Ramon Valley Street Smarts program is similar to a program started by the City of San Jose. When the program was launched 7 years ago, it targeted elementary school students. Over the years, the program has evolved into a very comprehensive program that reaches out to elementary, middle, and high school students, and other members of the public to promote bike, pedestrian, and traffic safety.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that all of the activities that are implemented today are a direct of the result of a federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant that the City of San Ramon, Town of Danville, and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District received in 2009. The grant allowed the program to hire two part-time temporary employees that help put on the Bike Rodeos and Bicycle Safety Assemblies. The grant also allows staff to purchase the necessary equipment needed for these programs. One of the major requirements for the federal grant is to survey all of the elementary school and middle school students to see how many children are walking and biking to school, and to see whether or not children and parents have improved their traffic safety skills since the program started. The next survey will be implemented in the Spring of 2012, and is a major goal for the program for this upcoming school year.

The SRTS federal grant also funded a safety video, and last year’s safety video one a Telly award, so the goal is to generate a new safety video for the upcoming school year as well. Another major goal for upcoming school year is to revamp the high school “It Happens” program entirely, and what Streets Smarts is doing differently is engaging the San Ramon Valley Teen Council and the City of San Ramon Teen Council to create the new program. The two Teen Councils are going to team up together and present the outline of the program to the Street Smarts Advisory Committee in the Fall, and then will take the recommendations of staff and the advisory committee to implement the program in the Spring. The final goal is to seek funding from the SRTS grant given by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), the grant has already been submitted, and if we do received the funding it will be available in fiscal year 2012-2013.

Questions/Comments

Harvey Riggs asked if the program is a regional or city specific.  Ms. Bobadilla said it was valley-wide.

Peter Rathmann asked what the level of participation is for these programs. Ms. Bobadilla said that the participation for these programs is strong, and school administrators support the program

Mr. Riggs asked if the program extends to Dublin. Ms. Bobadilla said no since the street smarts program is a valley-wide program.

Mr. Rathmann then moved on to the next new business item.

4.2       Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee Liaison  

Lisa Bobadilla reported on the item.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the TAC Advisory Committee is made up of six members who are residents of San Ramon, In addition the City of San Ramon has the TDM Advisory Committee which is made up of members of the business committee with meetings quarterly. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the TDM advisory committee typically has a liaison to the TAC, and the TDM committee requested for a member of the TAC to attend their meetings. Ms. Bobadilla said that no decision has to be made tonight, and it is just something to contemplate.

Peter Rathmann said the TAC will not take action at this time, and told committee members to think about this and moved on to the unfinished business.

5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report

Lisa Bobadilla reported on the item.

Ms. Bobadilla said that the County Connection has consolidated the CAC committee into the CAC/Accessible Services Advisory Committee. Mr. Riggs resigned from the committee when this happened, and the City of San Ramon has not appointed someone to that committee. Ms. Bobadilla said she will check what the roles and responsibilities of the new committee, and will inform it to the TAC after she meets with the County Connection staff as well as City of San Ramon staff members.

Peter Rathmann moved on to the next item.

5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

PJ Dhoot reported on the item.

Silva Way: Silva Way behind Hidden Hills Elementary received three separate complaints from three residents of the area regarding speeding and cut-through traffic. Therefore, staff has requested that the Traffic Patrol Division conduct selective enforcement. Over the past 4 weeks the Traffic Patrol officers were on Albion Road issuing citations. Almost all of the citations were speeding citations in the 40 mile per hour (mph) range for the posted 30 mph speed limit. Once school gets back in session violators will increase because of traffic from both Dougherty Valley High and Hidden Hills Elementary. Mrs. Dhoot has scheduled a stop sign warrant analysis for late September to determine if the vehicle volumes have increased over the years with the increased attendance at Dougherty Valley High. Mrs. Dhoot mentioned that there was trouble downloading the data onto the computer because of the recent move for the Police Station. The computer will be set up in September and at that time the radar trailer software will be installed on all Traffic Patrol officers’ computers to make downloading the data easy.

Castleton Drive: Staff received a complaint from a resident along Castleton Drive stating that motorists do not stop at the stop sign at Castleton and Cuenca Drive. Mrs. Dhoot mentioned that this stop sign was put in using the RTC stop sign warrant criteria, and this criteria required lower vehicle volumes than the standard stop sign warrant. She has requested that the Traffic Patrol Division conduct selective enforcement of the stop sign and provide feedback. Mr. Harvey Riggs asked if citations given for violating the stop sign are enforceable; Mrs. Dhoot responded that the citations are valid because the City Council adopted the RTC stop sign warrant as an official warrant.

Arlington Way: Staff received a complaint regarding speeding by residents in the area. To date the police has not issued any citations, however the officers have provided feedback on the ideal placement of the radar trailer to capture accurate speeds. The major concern brought forth by the resident is that local neighbors speed as they come home from work.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Riggs talked about the Planning Commission meeting held on August 3, 2011, where the Sustainable Community Strategy presentation was held. Mr. Riggs stated that the plan is the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments’ (ABAG) answer to improving overall air quality. The plan is to improve green house gases (GHG) levels by 2020 to a level they were at in 1990.

Mr. Riggs said that he noticed parking at the post office has improved which an issue was brought up at the last TAC meeting. He stated that there is now better signage and striping in the area.

Ms. Bobadilla said that the next TAC meeting will be held at the new City of San Ramon Permit Center at 2401 Crow Canyon Road.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

None.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

None.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

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