Transportation Advisory Committee
July 19, 2012
Community Conference Room
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Victoria Harris, Harvey Riggs, Steve Filson, Greg Schniegenberg, Mark Ballock, and Ed Boyan
Committee Members Absent: Peter Rathmann
Council Members Attending: NonePlanning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti
Teen Council Liaison: Mischa Fritz and Miranda Shakes
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
M/S/C/U (Schniegenberg/Filson) to approve the May 17, 2012 meeting minutes (4-0) with the amendment to change a grammatical error on page 5. Mark Ballock and Ed Boyan abstained from voting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Introduction of new Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) members
Ms. Bobadilla first introduced Mark Ballock, who has been a San Ramon resident for 21 years now, and is a part of Leadership - San Ramon Valley. Ms. Bobadilla stated that he is very involved with the Arts Foundation in San Ramon. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Mr. Ballock has great ideas on bicycle commuting, and he would be great at giving us feedback on bike lanes and bicycle related programs.
Mr. Ballock, thanked Ms. Bobadilla for the introduction, he stated that he was previously a committee member on the Arts Advisory Committee, and now is the president of the Arts Foundation in San Ramon. Mr. Ballock stated that he is a certified bicycle instructor, and teaches classes for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
Ms. Bobadilla then introduced Ed Boyan, who is a resident of San Ramon, and has been working with City of San Ramon staff regarding Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) issues for many years now. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Ed is an Engineering Contractor, and will provide good feedback for the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).
Mr. Boyan, thanked Ms. Bobadilla for the introduction, and stated that he does street paving with his company. Mr. Boyan stated that he lives on the eastside of San Ramon, and stated that PJ Dhoot encouraged him to apply to TAC. Mr. Boyan stated that his concern is speeding is his primary concern San Ramon, especially those in residential neighborhoods with long sweeping streets and sloping streets.
The TAC members welcomed Mr. Ballock and Mr. Boyan to the committee. Ms. Bobadilla asked the other committee members to introduce themselves as well.
Vice Chair Victoria Harris introduced herself; she stated that she is an IT Manager at Chevron and has been a part of the TAC now for close to four years.
Harvey Riggs introduced himself; he stated that he spent 37 years with Chevron and a resident of San Ramon for 32 years. Mr. Riggs stated that he has been a committee member on TAC for 18 years.
Greg Schniegenberg introduced himself; he stated that he is an Electrical Contractor, and has been a TAC member for a year and half now.
Misca Fritz introduced himself; he stated that he is a part of the Teen Council, and is currently the Teen Council Liaison to the TAC.
Miranda Shakes introduced herself; she stated that she much like Mr. Fritz is a part of the Teen Council, and is currently the Teen Council Liaison to the TAC. She stated that she petitioned for a Stop sign on a local street, but since it did not meet the warrant criteria—5 pedestrian signs were installed and stated she is happy with the outcome.
Steve Filson, introduced himself; he stated that he has been a resident of San Ramon for 34 years. He stated that he was a pilot for United Airlines for 32 years before he retired, but now has started a business of selling health insurance. He stated he got involved with the Chamber of Commerce when he started selling insurance, and the Chamber of Commerce was concerned about transportation signage affecting their business, so that is how he got involved with the TAC.
Jeanne Benedetti introduced herself; she stated that she is a Planning Commissioner on the Planning Commission. She stated that she has been in San Ramon resident for about 10 years now. She stated that she works in the energy sector, and currently she is working for a company that is trying to commercialize technologies to create ethanol from garbage.
Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.
4.2 Introduction of Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Summer
Ms. Bobadilla presented the item to the TAC members. She stated that MTC
is the planning and financing agency for the nine bay area counties, and is the
Bay Area Toll Authority. Ms. Bobadilla stated that MTC has the High School
Summer Intern program, that hires 25 high school students from all over the Bay
Area and pay them for an Internship with a public agency in Transportation. Ms.
Bobadilla stated that Alex Prange impressed staff members, so he was selected
for the Internship. Mr. Prange is entering his senior year at California High
School (Cal High). Ms. Bobadilla stated that he has done a great job interning
with the Transportation Division.
Mr. Prange thanked Ms. Bobadilla for the introduction, and stated that he has an
interest in public agencies, and engineering. He stated that he has been helping
with the Safe Routes to School Annual Report, and with integrating TRAFFIX at
The TAC members welcomed him, and Vice Chair Harris stated that he is
working with a great City staff members.
Vice Chair moved on to the next item.
4.3 Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Openings
Commissioner Benedetti asked if the opening is just for the San Ramon Valley. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it is not, it is throughout the Bay Area.
Mr. Schniegenberg stated that he deals with BAAQMD through his work.
Vice Chair Harris moved on to Unfinished Business.
Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) was asked to study different options to constructing on/off ramps:
Ms. Bobadilla stated that they are going to discuss six different options at an upcoming meeting. Ms. Bobadilla stated that cost and feasibility has yet to be determined. Ms. Bobadilla anticipates right-of-way issues if ramps were to be built at Executive Parkway. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a Draft EIR may be tentatively released in Spring 2013.
Mr. Filson asked what options would the Draft EIR discuss. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would cover:
Commissioner Benedetti stated that there are right-of-way issues everywhere.
Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.
The TAC members stated that it is great that students are utilizing public transit.
Mr. Riggs stated that students really enjoy the student bus passes.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are a higher percentage of student drivers at Cal High vs. DVHS.
Vice Chair Harris moved on to the next item.
Camino Ramon near Crow Canyon Commons: Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that staff received a request to install a Pedestrian Enhancement Devices (flashing beacons). Ms. Bobadilla stated that this is a lot of traffic at this location. Ms. Bobadilla stated that new fluorescent signage was installed during the pavement rehabilitation on Camino Ramon, including no U-turn signage. Ms. Bobadilla stated that warrant criteria for the installation of Pedestrian Enhancement Devices.
Mr. Riggs stated that this is a difficult location for pedestrians, and the traffic is busiest during the lunch hour.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that there is funding within the CIP, but the issue is prioritizing where the flashing beacons should go.
Mr. Riggs asked if this company can update the old radar trailer. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they cannot because it uses different parts.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the radar trailer is scheduled to be deployed late next week.
Vice Chair Harris asked if there are many places where the radar trailer needs to be deployed. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are about 5 streets that have priority at the moment.
Vice Chair Harris moved on to the Committee Member Items
6.1 Committee Member Items
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
Commissioner Benedetti inquired about MTC putting a GPS in cars and charging tax per miles driven. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there have been talks about having a vehicle surcharge for transit funding, and if this were to happen this would be how they would get that funding.
Vice Chair Harris inquired about the tree removal on Bollinger Canyon Road, she asked if that would go to the Planning Commission now. Commissioner Benedetti stated that this is a staff recommendation on what to do for operational improvements along Bollinger Canyon Road. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the item was approved by City Council, and it went before City Council to have the Mayor sign the agreement for the company to start the work, but some residents in San Ramon had an issue regarding the project. Ms. Bobadilla stated that an update on the project will go before City Council, and Engineering Staff will present different options on operational improvements for Bollinger Canyon Road.
Mr. Filson asked if there are other options. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are some options, but it is limited.
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Mr. Fritz stated that there are no Teen Council meetings during the summer. Mr. Fritz asked how TRAFFIX came up with the bus stops for Cal High.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the further you are from the school site, the more likely you are to take the bus.
Mr. Fritz stated that TRAFFIX should target freshman parents.
Ms. Shakes recommended sending out flyers in the mail.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that TRAFFIX will be doing both of those things, and the school district is on board with the idea.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that Alex Weis, TRAFFIX Program Manager, will be attending all of the back-to-school registrations to notify parents and students about the program.
Commissioner Benedetti recommended posting the flyers on the school websites.
Ms. Shakes asked if there was a carpool program for students because she would like to start a carpool. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there will be information sent out regarding the program in the back-to-school registration packets.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40p.m. The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.