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MINUTES

SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

September 15, 2011

Community Conference Room

2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:      Peter Rathmann, Harvey Riggs, and Victoria Harris

Committee Members Absent:          Steve Filson, Jim McVay, and Greg Schniegenberg                      

Council Members Attending:           None

Planning Commission Liaison:           None

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

Due to lack of quorum during the review and approval of the August 18, 2011 minutes, the review will be deferred to the next scheduled Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Final Report

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, reported on the item.

Mrs. Dhoot thanked the TAC for their comments, and stated that she incorporated their comments into the SRTS Final Report. Mrs. Dhoot presented the written report to City Council on August 23, 2011, and that council approved the report as written. Mayor H. Abram Wilson asked Mrs. Dhoot to provide an update in October on implementing recommendations at the school sites by initiating meetings with all of the school principals and Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). Typically at the end of September, early October Mrs. Dhoot meets with the principals to let them know the report was passed. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she is going to attend PTA meetings at all of the school sites, and will ask the My Beat, My School Patrol Officer to attend the meetings as well. Mrs.  Dhoot stated that between now and the end of December the improvements approved by Council will be put in place, and then she will start observations next year to see if those improvements are working out well for next year’s SRTS Report.

Mrs. Dhoot asked if there were any questions or comments.


Questions/Comments

Harvey Riggs stated that Mrs. Dhoot did an excellent job on the report.

Mr. Rathmann moved onto the next item.

4.2       TRAFFIX School Year 2011-2012 Update

Alex Weis, TRAFFIX Contract Program Manager, reported on the item.

Mr. Weis went over a list of accomplishments TRAFFIX achieved this past school year.

  • The hiring of a new Contract Program Manager.
  • The launch of a new user-friendly website to coincide with the Spring Sales Campaign.
  • The contract with an accounting firm and the program’s first Audit is almost complete.
  • The TRAFFIX Program has achieved a 15% increase in ridership from school year 2009-10 to 2010-11 system-wide, and a 20% increase in ridership from school year 2009-2010 to 2010-2011 in the San Ramon Schools.

Mr. Weis stated that as of September 9, 2011, TRAFFIX has sold a total 1,193 passes system-wide.

TRAFFIX will embark on a Valley-Wide Traffic Analysis to determine whether or not there has been a reduction in traffic congestion since the program started. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the service has been circulated to appropriate Traffic Consulting firms, and proposals are due September 16, 2011.

The TRAFFIX Program will also distribute a customer service satisfaction survey to all current users of TRAFFIX during the Fall/Winter of 2011-2012.       

Feedback from these two initiatives will be assessed by the TRAFFIX Board of Directors and the TRAFFIX TAC during the Spring of 2012 to determine TRAFFIX service areas for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

Mr. Weis asked if there were any questions

Questions/Comments:

Ms. Harris asked if the increase in ridership was solely based on the purchasing of passes, and not due to increase in routes. Mr. Weis responded by it is solely based on the purchasing of passes.

Mr. Rathmann asked if the program would expand to high school students. Mr. Weis said that we would have to look into that because of funding.
Mr. Rathmann moved onto the next item.

4.3       Street Smarts Video Presentation “Street Smarts News: A Classroom Traffic Safety Instruction Video for Grades K-5.”

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, reported on the item.

Ms. Bobadilla provided background information on the item. At the Middle School level, there is a Street Smarts video contest, and the purpose of the video contest is to create Public Service Announcements (PSA) that stresses the importance of traffic safety issues with varying themes each year. This year over 200 students entered the video contest, with over 70 videos submitted. The video can be used when funding for the program is no longer available and we want to provide traffic safety education in individual classrooms, we will be able to show these videos to the students.

The video was then presented to the committee members. The video is an educational video that covers bicycle and pedestrian safety practices.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that Left Coast Media Productions gave a “Telly Award” to this video entry for the “Training/Educational Videos” category it was in; thousands of videos were entered in the competition, which makes this award very special.

Mr. Rathmann moved onto Unfinished Business.

5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report

Ms. Bobadilla reported on the item.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that she is waiting to get the revised by-laws for the revamped committee, there has been a verbal request sent to County Connection.

Mr. Rathmann moved on to the next item.

5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.

Albion Road at Silva Way:  This request has come in to address speeding and cut through traffic, primarily by parents of students at Hidden Hills Elementary School and Dougherty Valley High School. A request for the radar trailer to be deployed; however the radar trailer “motherboard” has started to burn out in the sun, and it shuts off because it overheats. Therefore, at this time the radar trailer is out of service. A meeting will be held to determine if we need to purchase a new radar trailer to ensure that the RTC programs key components are in place.

The San Ramon Police Department (SRPD) has issued 11 speed-related citations. Now that school is back in session, an all-way stop sign warrant analysis will be conducted at the intersection of Silva Way and Albion Road; if it does meet the warrant, staff will proceed with installation of a stop sign.

Castleton Drive at Cuenca Drive: A complaint to address speeding and motorists not obeying the stop sign. The SRPD has been out there three times this past month, they haven’t issued any citations as of yet.

Arlington Way at E. Branch Parkway: A request to address speeding by neighbors. The radar trailer was placed in two locations, first near Arlington Park and the other on Montrose Way. The resident also requested the installation of speed humps; however the process is to implement phases of RTC to monitor and document the problem before we can identify any long-range solutions.

Mr. Rathmann moved onto the next item.

5.3 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee Liaison


Ms. Bobadilla reported on the item.

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that the TDM committee had met and they are proposing to increase the amount of meetings they hold every year, instead of meeting quarterly they are considering meeting every other month. The reason for this change is that meeting quarterly does not give them enough time to develop programs.

Ms. Bobadilla continued on saying that all of the committees are reviewing by-laws, and are making some changes so there is consistency with all of the committee by-laws throughout the City. Ultimately, City Council will adopt the by-laws.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr.  Riggs said he received a letter several months ago saying that Veracruz Drive will have some work done between the months of July-October, and asked if prospective street work is posted on the website. Ms. Bobadilla said that she would check with Pavement Management Project Manager, Peter Phoon.

Victoria Harris asked if something was happening to the City Offices at 2226 Camino Ramon. Ms. Bobadilla said that City Hall is still located there.

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 October 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

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