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MINUTES

SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

October 18, 2012

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:    Harvey Riggs, Greg Schniegenberg, Mark Ballock, and Ed Boyan

Committee Members Absent:        Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris

Council Members Attending:         None

Planning Commission Liaison:         None

Teen Council Liaison:                   Miranda Shakes

Guests Attending:                        Mark Corti

Staff Members Attending:             Lisa Bobadilla, Amy Sekhon

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that Chair Peter Rathmann and Vice Chair Victoria Harris will not attend the meeting. Ms. Bobadilla made a call for nominations to Chair the TAC meeting. Ed Boyan nominated Harvey Riggs. Harvey Riggs accepted the nomination.

M/S/C/U (Boyan/Schniegenberg) (4-0) voted for Harvey Riggs to Chair the October 18, 2012 TAC meeting.

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Boyan) to approve the October 18, 2012 meeting minutes as written (4-0).

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       California High School – Update – Construction Project/Parking

Ms. Bobadilla introduced Mark Corti, California High School principal. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the California High School (Cal High) Public Facilities Parking and Circulation Study was finalized in 2009. The City of San Ramon and Cal High host multiple activities at the school site and the San Ramon Aquatic Center, so in many instances visitors choose to park on nearby streets rather than the school parking lot, and in some cases the parking lot is not big enough to accommodate all the visitors to the high school.

In response to council’s direction, the City in concert with SRVUSD, embarked on the formation of a Cal High Parking Committee (CHPC) to address short range and long range parking needs, as well as circulation issues. In 2005, The City of San Ramon in concert with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) formed a Cal High Parking Committee to address parking needs, capacity, constraints, and circulation. The parking committee consisted of:

  • Jim Livingstone, Councilmember, San Ramon
  • Dave Hudson, Councilmember, San Ramon
  • Bill Clarkson, SRVUSD Board Member
  • Joan Buchanan, SRVUSD Board Member
  • Harvey Riggs, Transportation Advisory Committee member
  • Tom McClean, Transportation Advisory Committee member
  • Mark Corti, Principal, California High School
  • Ken Nelson, Assistant Principal, California High School
  • Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, San Ramon
  • Mark Ebergone, California High School Leadership Student

The CHPC met regularly, and demonstrated the notion to address long range parking issues around Cal High. At that time, the committee developed the following strategies:

  • Enhanced carpool incentive programs for students;
  • Developed “short term” program, a shuttle service during construction;
  • Recommended deferring regional events during  the Cal High Construction project;
  • Acknowledged “long term” parking needs for Cal High; and
  • Recommended a Parking and Circulation study.

The Parking and Circulation Study was a joint effort between San Ramon and SRVUSD. Kimley-Horn and Associates conducted the study, provided updates to TAC, City Council, and SRVUSD. The study was finalized in 2009, and recommendations to be implemented following the construction at Cal High.

Kimley-Horn and Associates coordinated with City staff, Cal High, and SRVUSD on the following items:

  • Documented existing conditions and conditions during the construction project;
  • Prepared a Master calendar of all activities at Cal High;
  • Assessed peak parking demand, and provided recommendations for parking and circulation concept plans;
  • Coordinated with the Cal High Master Plan Committee which consisted of school representatives, facilities staff members,  and members of the community; and
  • Finalized a site layout and uses for all buildings and parking lots at Cal High.

Parking issues that were raised in the study included:

  • Shortage of parking during construction;
  • Parking that was underused;
  • Reduce parking demand throughout neighborhood;
  • Reluctance by drivers to use back parking lot during construction; and
  • Event and activities during evening hours.

Circulation issues that were raised in the study included:

  • Existing parking driveway;
  • Signage; and the
  • Bus loading zones.

The consultants identified the top ten events that will exceed parking capacity, which included graduation, homecoming, football games, etc.

When the study was implemented there were 453 parking spaces for students and faculty. Today there are 613 parking spaces, which is an increase of 160 spaces, which have improved the parking situation at Cal High.

The City has a permit parking program in place. The Permit Parking Program was originally implemented in 1998 to address day time student parking throughout the neighborhood. The City Council passed a resolution to allow for permit parking a ¼ mile from Cal High, hours vary for the Permit Parking Program:

  • Monday – Friday/7:00am – 4:00pm.
  • 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • 7 days a week/ 7:00am-7:00pm

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the City will  conduct observations over the course of the next few months, work with Cal High to implement recommendations and the construction project has been completed. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the enhanced carpool incentive program including carpool parking spaces, Student Transit Ticket Program, TRAFFIX, Permit Parking Program are in place to alleviate parking issues around Cal High.

Mark Corti, provided a summary of Cal High parking. He stated the following:

  • There are 374 back lot parking spots for students, and 30 parking spots at the tennis courts;
  • There are 188 staff parking spots;
  • There are 20 carpool specific parking spots;
  • There are 345 students who purchased parking permits;
  • There are 42 students who applied for the 20 carpool parking spots;
  • All students interested in the carpool permits have received a Chevron gift card;
  • In the process of setting up raffles for other gift cards for carpool passengers.

Mr. Corti stated that there continues to be concerns with the back parking lot since it is only one lane in and one lane out. He stated that students do not buy parking permits because of the time it takes to exit the school parking lot. Mr. Corti stated that construction project has completed at Cal High, and that the TRAFFIX program is doing well at Cal High.

Questions/Comments:

Miranda Shakes asked why the entrance to the stadium is blocked off. Mr. Corti stated that the stadium is off limits during school hours.

Ms. Shakes stated that it is time consuming to get to her parking spot since the stadium is blocked off. Mr. Corti stated that it takes about 20 minutes to get out of the parking lot. Mark Ballock asked if it takes that long because of stopping before getting onto Broadmoor Drive. Ms. Bobadilla stated that is correct.

Mr. Ballock asked if staff from the Police Department (PD) could direct traffic there. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would take additional resources to perform everyday, but as written in the Cal High Parking and Circulation Study, PD could for special large scale events.

Mr. Ballock asked if the neighborhood is quiet in terms of speeding, parking, etc. Mr. Corti stated that for the most part it is doing fine.

Chair Riggs stated that CHS has done an outstanding job the past few years in regards to monitoring parking. He suggested that during peak events, have 2 lanes and 2 lanes out, and controlled by an officer at Broadmoor. Mr. Corti stated that they have thought about that, but part of the problem is for a sporting event there are events going on at multiple times, so people are going in and out of the back parking lot at the same time, so that may cause difficulty.

Mr. Boyan stated that there could be other options for getting in and out of the school parking lot, such as paving over the drainage site.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that this update will go to City Council on Tuesday October 23, 2012, and that Mr. Corti will also attend the meeting.

Mr. Riggs asked if the TAC members would like to vote on approving the document, so Ms. Bobadilla could articulate that at the City Council meeting. Mr. Boyan stated that he could not vote on the document because he has not reviewed it thoroughly.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that this item will be an informational report to City Council and therefore no recommendations are required at this time. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she will inform City Council that staff will be moving forward with the next steps, make a plan to implement recommendations, and then will bring that to Council.

Chair Riggs moved on to Unfinished Business.


5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    • I-680 Transit Corridor Project Status Update

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was originally to be released in Spring 2013, however Caltrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) have added an additional component to the study: a full EIR for the Executive Parkway option and updating the Countywide Travel Demand model which will be used for the Traffic Analysis, this will delay the release of the Draft EIR by a year. The revised timeline is currently being reviewed, and Ms. Bobadilla will provide the revised timeline to City Council, TAC members, and all interested persons.

Chair Riggs moved on to the next item.


5.2       Public Transit Status Report


Ms. Bobadilla stated that she met with Rick Ramacier, General Manager of County Connection, and Anne Muzzini, Director of Planning and Marketing for County Connection to discuss long range transit service, and funding. Ms. Bobadilla stated the Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) grant, will use some of that funding for a San Ramon Valley Transit and Connectivity Study, and talked about some of those components that they would like to study.  Ms. Bobadilla stated when City Center is constructed, one of the components is to build a transit center that would serve as a transit hub for County Connection, LAVTA, and other transit agencies. The transit agencies will begin to discuss facilities, and starting those discussions now in terms of creating a site plan.

Questions/Comments:

Mr. Ballock asked if this was in the plan for City Center, Ms. Bobadilla stated yes. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would be a parking structure, a transit center with 6-8 bus bays, adjacent to the City Hall site.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that they also talked about a need for weekend and evening bus services. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they are looking to apply for federal grants for a demonstration services. County Connection is taking a lead on researching grants.

Mr. Boyan asked if there are any surveys that have been done that are part of that ridership for that time of day, to see who was left without service. Ms. Bobadilla stated that County Connection does have that information, and they usually eliminate services based on low ridership.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that hotels in San Ramon would also like to have shuttle service for their guests and employees.

Mr. Boyan asked what would be the date for the new city hall. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she does not have a date.

Chair Riggs stated that should we should keep in mind a shuttle service from the transit center to the City Center. He stated that if the City Center is successful, there should be provisions for circulation to get across Bollinger Canyon Road. Chair Riggs stated that before re-routing buses to look at County Connection service within our community and the San Ramon Regional Hospital.

Chair Riggs moved on to Committee Member Items.


6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS 

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Boyan stated that he would like to have a discussion regarding the Bollinger Canyon Road Operational Improvements. 


Mr. Boyan stated that he would like the TAC to update the RTC Toolkit at the next meeting since City staff have not used the toolkit since 2006.

Ms. Bobadilla clarified that the RTC Toolkit was updated in 2006 following one year of work by the TAC, and is used today for traffic calming measures throughout San Ramon. She stated that TAC could look at updating certain components of the RTC Toolkit.

Chair Riggs stated that there are state regulations for certain traffic calming measures, and it is not based off of staff member’s decisions entirely.

 Ms. Bobadilla stated that she will provide an informational report on speed hump warrant process. Mr. Boyan suggested including criteria for “No Parking” signage.

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 7:55p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

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