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MINUTES

May 17, 2012

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         Call to order

Committee Members Attending:       Victoria Harris, Harvey Riggs, Steve Filson, and Greg Schniegenberg

Committee Members Absent:            Peter Rathmann

Council Members Attending:            None

Planning Commission Liaison:          Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                     None

Guests Attending:                          None

                                                                       

Staff Members Attending:              Lisa Bobadilla and Amy Sekhon.

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Victoria Harris at 6:30 pm.   

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Vice Chair Harris had a correction for Page 8 of the April 19, 2012 meeting minutes. She stated that when the committee was discussing the Iron Horse Trail (IHT), she inquired if there is a safe speed that cyclists can travel that will trigger the flashing lights along the IHT, so cars can stop.

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Filson) to approve the April 19, 2012 meeting minutes (3-0) with the amendment to change Ms. Harris’ statement on Page 8. Greg Schniegenberg abstained from voting.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       TRAFFIX School Year 2011-2012 Update


Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, presented the item to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). She stated that the item is an update on the Measure J half-cent sales tax congestion relief funding. TRAFFIX implemented the school bus service at 7 school sites in August 2009. The program completed its third year, and will begin its fourth year of bus services in the Fall.

The school sites in San Ramon include:

  • Country Club Elementary School
  • Neil Armstrong Elementary School
  • Walt Disney Elementary School
  • Pine Valley Middle School

The school sites in Danville include:

  • Green Valley Elementary School
  • Vista Grande Elementary School
  • Los Cerros Middle School

Ms. Bobadilla stated that this past Spring a second Valley-Wide Traffic Analysis was conducted, and the purpose of the analysis was to compare congestion in 2006 to where it is today. In 2006, the school sites in Dougherty Valley were still under construction, therefore TRAFFIX wanted to conduct a Level of Service Analysis in Dougherty Valley as well. The Valley-Wide Traffic Analysis was completed, and Ms. Bobadilla stated that Levels of Service in three particular corridors were operating at an unacceptable service in 2006, have improved tremendously today.

In San Ramon:

  • Broadmoor Drive and Montevideo Drive, went from a Level of Service F (unacceptable Level of Service) to C, for both the AM and PM peak hour.
  • Davona Drive at Pine Valley Middle School, went from a Level of Service F to C, for the AM hour.

In Danville:

  • The Green Valley/Blemer Rd corridor went from Level of Service E to C, during the AM peak hour, and went to Level of Service B for the PM peak hour.

The rest of the intersections that were studied for the current Traffic Analysis either improved, or remained the same. Ms. Bobadilla stated that all of the intersections in Dougherty Valley are operating at a level of service C or better, so TRAFFIX bus service is not recommended for Dougherty Valley Schools at this time. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she could provide the TAC members with a copy of the study, or a copy of the Executive Summary. The TAC members stated that they did not need a copy.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that a customer service satisfaction survey was also completed in March, and parents stated overwhelmingly that they were satisfied with the bus service. The survey was sent to all parents that qualify for TRAFFIX at the seven school sites. There were no significant issues; however children misbehaving on the bus did occur. The parents not using TRAFFIX responded that their child has many after-school activities, or were not comfortable with their children riding the bus.

Ms. Bobadilla presented the new TRAFFIX Community Brochures to the TAC members, which highlight the overall program. The brochures explain what TRAFFIX is, how it is funded, and how it works. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they are also updating all TRAFFIX school site brochures. The school site brochure highlights the pick-up and drop-off area at each school site, and have the same look and feel of the TRAFFIX Community Brochure.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the TRAFFIX Board approved a one-year demonstration project to provide service to California High School and Monte Vista High School. The TRAFFIX Program Manager and bus provider are working on finalizing the routes.


Questions/Comments

Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti asked if the Traffic Analysis in Dougherty Valley will be redone soon. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the next survey will be in 2015, since the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) requires a new survey every 3 years to demonstrate traffic reduction. Ms. Bobadilla stated that if Levels of Services are operating at an unacceptable level in Dougherty Valley then routes can be considered.

Harvey Riggs stated that even though Dougherty Valley displays acceptable Levels of Service, the citizens could still have traffic problems at the school sites.

Commissioner Benedetti stated that the program is great for working parents.

Greg Schniegenberg asked what bus service was in place before the TRAFFIX program. Ms. Bobadilla stated that in San Ramon there was no school bus service. In Danville, there was a school bus running from Green Valley ES from the Blackhawk area. County Connection runs public bus at bell times on Broadmoor Drive in San Ramon, which helps Cal High and Pine Valley MS.

Vice Chair Harris asked if TAC members wanted a copy of the TRAFFIX study. The TAC members stated no.

Vice Chair Harris asked if there would be anytime where a TRAFFIX route could be dropped in favor of another one. Ms. Bobadilla stated that TRAFFIX has not done that yet, however if there is not enough ridership on a particular route TRAFFIX may consider re-routing a bus.

Mr. Riggs asked how much passes cost. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it is $275.00 year. Mr. Riggs stated that a fundraiser to sell passes would be a good idea, like an incentive to get involved and market the program.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been supportive, and the school Principals are happy with the program.

Vice Chair Harris thanked Lisa and moved on to Unfinished Business


5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    • Campton/Fioli Parking Status Update

Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff has deferred taking this item to the Policy Committee until staff receives a revised petition. Ms. Bobadilla stated that this item will provide the new Policy Committee members an update, rather than asking for a recommendation.

Staff also met with the property management company that represents the St. Anton apartments, adjacent to the Fioli community. The property management company has a parking program in place for their tenants, and garages assigned to some tenants as well. Staff is working with the management company so tenants will not park in the community parking.

There being no questions on the item, Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.

    • I-680 Transit Corridor Project Status Update

Ms. Bobadilla stated she would provide a monthly update on the project.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will study both the Norris Canyon and Executive Parkway options. The project title has changed to the I-680 Transit Corridor Project. Ms. Bobadilla stated that a status update was presented to the council on April 24, 2012. The update included where Measure C was in 1988, and where we are today in the I-680 corridor, and how the project evolved. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the purpose of the presentation was to update City Council on status of the EIR. Ms. Bobadilla provided copies of the staff report for the TAC. The council did not vote on the EIR, however all of the Council members articulated their support to continue with the EIR and study process, which is to initiate the EIR. The three options are:  

  • Norris Canyon;
  • Executive Parkway; or
  • No build.

At this point, it is premature for City Council to decide whether they support the project or not until there is fact based information that studies all the issues (noise, air quality,  community impacts, etc.). City Council stated that at the end of the EIR, they will provide their opinion on the project.

Ms. Bobadilla provided a letter from the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce that that supports moving forward with the EIR process. Ms. Bobadilla also provided the TAC members with three additional documents:

  • The updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ);
  •  A revised timeline for the EIR process; and
  • Provided a document that explained the EIR process.


Ms. Bobadilla stated that the consultants are proceeding with technical studies, ranging from air quality to traffic. The entire traffic analysis will be very comprehensive for all three scenarios (Norris Canyon, Executive Parkway, or no build). The draft EIR is scheduled to be released in Spring 2013.

Questions/Comments

Commissioner Benedetti asked if Caltrans has adopted the title, Ms Bobadilla stated that they did adopt the title.

Mr. Riggs stated that the map on the star stating where the ramps would occur, on Norris Canyon should be removed.

Mr. Riggs inquired about the EIR process, he asked where the Planning Commission’s input would fall. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Planning Commission will be able to comment on the draft EIR. Commissioner Benedetti stated that the Planning Commission will not vote on it, but comment on the document.

Commissioner Benedetti asked if the FAQ includes whether or not the ramps will be used during the non-HOV hours. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it will be studied.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.


5.3       Public Transit Status Report

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that Route 35 in Dougherty Valley was funded by one time transit fees for new homes built in portions of the Dougherty Valley area. Shapell has slowed down new home construction in the Dougherty Valley, so that has slowed down the collection of the transit fee. County Connection and Contra Costa County have amended their contract with Shapell, so that the contract coincides with the build-out of homes by 2015. County Connection will front those costs for the next few years, and that amendment will be in the contract.

Ms. Bobadilla provided TAC with an update to the new bus stop on Route 622 along Tahiti Drive. The parent called and thanked staff for their work, and stated their children are currently riding Route 622 to get to school.


Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs stated that it is great that County Connection is fronting the cost for the bus Route 35.

Vice Chair Harris asked if the homes are built out, would there have to be a new funding source? Ms. Bobadilla stated that the route has to meet the County Connection productivity criteria to be a part of their basic service - if it does not meet the criteria, the route may be cut.

Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.

    •       Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

Reedland Circle: Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that staff received a request to conduct selective enforcement, and to date the Police Department has not issued any citations. A radar trailer may go out soon, and data will be collected.

Harcourt Way: Ms. Bobadilla stated that all of the pedestrian counts were completed, and are currently waiting for Engineering staff to conduct a Sight Analysis.

Montevideo Drive: Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff is working with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) to review options along the Iron Horse Trail (IHT). The area does not meet the Stop Sign Warrant Criteria, so staff is working with EBRPD about enhancing visibility at this location.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that EBRPD will be asked to participate on the Advisory Committee for the Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing Project.

Questions/Comments

Commissioner Benedetti asked if there was any speeding during selective enforcement at Reedland Circle. Ms. Bobadilla stated no citations were given out during that time.

Steve Filson asked if is there any warning for the cyclists that they are approaching a road that has no traffic control, on Montevideo Drive.


Commissioner Benedetti stated that she has seen barricades along the IHT in Walnut Creek.


Vice Chair Harris moved on to Committee Member Items.


6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS 

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Riggs stated that he will not be here next month.

Mr. Schniegenberg stated that his neighbor expressed concerns related to speeding on Lilac Ridge Way. He asked when the radar trailer would be deployed. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Mrs. Dhoot has spoken to the resident and explained the RTC process.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

Ms. Bobadilla stated that TAC interviews were held on May 1, 2012 and May 15, 2012. A letter will be sent to all applicants, and at the June 12, 2012 meeting City Council will appoint the TAC members.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Commissioner Benedetti stated that the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan (NCRSP) was approved by the Planning Commission, and now will go on to the City Council. The City Council will hold public hearings for the NCRSP at a later date.

Commissioner Benedetti inquired about San Ramon Valley Blvd. and Bollinger Cyn Rd. when traveling southbound on San Ramon Valley Blvd. and turning left to get onto the freeway. Commissioner Benedetti stated that the back-up blocks the intersection.  Ms. Benedetti stated that when police is out there, no one blocks the intersection; however when they are not enforcing the area motorists tend to block the intersection. Commissioner Benedetti stated that the problem occurs mostly in the afternoon.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

None.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

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