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MINUTES

November 15, 2012

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:       Peter Rathmann, Victoria Harris, Mark Ballock, and Ed Boyan

Committee Members Absent:            Harvey Riggs, Greg Schniegenberg

                       

Council Members Attending:            None

Planning Commission Liaison:          Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                                    Mischa Fritz

Guests Attending:                              None

                                                                       

Staff Members Attending:                 Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, Amy Sekhon

Chair Peter Rathmann called the meeting to order at 6:36pm.

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Due to a lack of quorum, the review and approval of the October 18, 2012 Meeting Minutes have been deferred to the next regularly scheduled meeting.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Residential Traffic Calming Toolkit Informational Report

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, presented the report.  Mrs. Dhoot stated that the Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) program was developed in 1993, and the original toolkit included a set of guidelines and procedures developed by staff with input from the TAC and experiences from other cities. In 1998, the San Ramon City Council adopted the San Ramon RTC program, guidelines, and toolkit to address community concerns over traffic intrusion and speeding in residential areas.  In 2005, San Ramon staff and TAC embarked on a thorough review and update of the RTC program to address changes in City demands, traffic, new mitigation options and inclusion of lessons learned regarding San Ramon’s past traffic calming experiences. In 2006, the City Council adopted the revised RTC Program Handbook and Toolkit. To date, staff has successfully relied on the policies and procedures laid forth in the RTC handbook to address residents’ concerns.

Speed Humps: Mrs. Dhoot stated that the City of San Ramon adheres to speed hump design guidelines prescribed by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE).  Using these guidelines, the City has adopted a Speed Hump Warrant Analysis to determine the feasibility of installing speed humps along residential streets. The speed hump warrant criteria takes into consideration four main aspects of a particular roadway, and assigns point values to each criteria. The four points to consider are:

  • Critical speed or the 85th percentile speed of the roadway;
  • The Average Daily Traffic volume (ADT) of the roadway;
  • The number of speed related accidents within the past 24 month period; and
  • Special considerations of the roadway, including a designated Safe Routes to School, visibility obstructions, or no sidewalks.

In order for the warrants to be met for a particular roadway, a minimum of 25 points must be attained through the combined analysis of each of the four criteria categories under review.

Streets in San Ramon that have speed humps based on the speed hump warrant criteria include:

  • Westchester Drive
  • Marsh Drive
  • Veracruz Drive
  • Del Mar Drive
  • Thunderbird Drive

The speed hump warrant criteria has proven to be effective at identifying and prioritizing streets with documented issues, and the speed humps are suited for San Ramon’s traffic patterns and experiences.

Street Signage: The MUTCD defines the standards used nationwide to install and maintain traffic control signs on all public roads. Since 1971, the Federal Highway Administration published the MUTCD, which is periodically updated to reflect the nation’s changing traffic patterns and new safety technologies and tools.

For instance, Mrs. Dhoot stated that ‘children at play’ signs were originally in the MUTCD, but the MUTCD removed the sign because it promoted children playing in the middle of the street which has become a safety issue. The City of San Ramon references the MUTCD for all sign installation on public roadways. The guiding policies for sign installation in the MUTCD state:

  • Signs should be used only where justified by professional engineering judgment or traffic studies.
  • Results from traffic engineering studies of physical and traffic factors should indicate the locations where signs are deemed necessary or desirable.
  • Roadway geometric design and sign application should be coordinated so that signing can be effectively placed to give the road user any necessary regulatory, warning, guidance, and other information.
  • Regulatory and warning signs should be used conservatively because these signs, if used in excess, lose their effectiveness.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff installs signs along public roadways in accordance to the MUTCD guideline, balancing public safety, roadway geometry and the specific concerns of the neighborhood.

Questions/Comments:

Ed Boyan stated that he has concerns regarding the ‘no parking’ signs along Reedland Circle.

Mr. Boyan stated that a Traffic Engineer stated that there is a blind curve in that street, but Mr. Boyan believes that there are a lot of blind curves throughout the City.

Mr. Boyan stated that he perceives speeding on Reedland Circle is due to the ‘no parking’ signs.

Mr. Boyan also believes that ‘no parking’ signs on Lilac Ridge Road are not practical.

Mr. Boyan stated that he would like San Ramon to look at removing ‘no parking’ signs in certain residential areas.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that the City Traffic Engineer has looked at the ‘no parking’ signs on Reedland Circle when Mr. Boyan brought his concerns to TAC at a previous meeting. The Traffic Engineer stated that due to speeding, sight distance based on roadway geometry, removing the ‘no parking’ signs would be a safety issue, and thus the signs must stay in place.

Mr. Boyan stated that he met Sergeant Cerruti when the radar trailer was being deployed on Reedland Circle, and Mr. Boyan was not pleased with the location chosen by Sergeant Cerruti to deploy the trailer. Mrs. Dhoot stated that radar trailer is deployed based on safe location. Staff does not want to create a safety hazard with placement of the radar trailer.

Vice Chair Harris asked if there is a speeding problem on a collector roadway, would a stop sign be put there to alleviate the speeding. Mrs. Dhoot stated that there are a few tools for collectors; stop signs are not used for speed control as stated in the MUTCD, rather they are used for right of way management.

Mrs. Dhoot stated that Radar Speed Display Signs (RSDS) were recommended by TAC for collector streets. There are proven 7-8mph reductions in speeds where those RSDS signs are placed.

The TAC did not make a motion to further review the ‘no parking’ signs in the City or on Reedland Circle.

Chair Rathmann 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 CCTA will circulate to all interested individuals.

Questions/Comments

Chair Rathmann asked if there will be any upcoming workshops. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there will be workshops in the future however no date has been confirmed.

Mr. Boyan asked if the City of San Ramon advocated for the Executive Parkway option. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Norris Canyon HOV on/off ramps were included in the voter approved Measure J Expenditure Plan in 2004. Last year, a number of San Ramon residents advocated studying another location as well. CCTA modified the budget, contract, and timeline to study the additional option of Executive Parkway

Chair Rathmann stated that Sycamore Valley Road is also included in the Measure J Expenditure Plan. Ms. Bobadilla stated that at this time, Norris Canyon and Executive Parkway options are being studied only.

Mr. Boyan asked if the Executive Parkway option would be an overcrossing on both sides. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would be a direct access ramp from I-680 providing a link to Executive Parkway on the east side only.

Chair Rathmann stated that some residents were opposed to motorists using the off ramps during non peak hours.

Mr. Ballock asked if there are any direct access ramps in this area. Ms. Bobadilla stated that in Contra Costa County there is one on I-80 in Richmond in the northbound direction that provides access to the Richmond Park and Ride Lot.

Chair Rathmann moved on to the next item.


5.2       Public Transit Status Report


Ms. Bobadilla stated that Transportation Intern, Viona Hioe, is working on
Phase III of the Transit Shelter Program, and she will provide an update regarding the program at a future meeting.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that Bishop Ranch and the City of San Ramon are working on a grant for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). If funded, it will be a12 month demonstration  projectfor express bus service from East Contra Costa County directly to San Ramon.

Questions/Comments:

Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti asked if the program would only be in Dougherty Valley. Ms. Bobadilla stated that 90% of Phase III of the shelters will be in Dougherty Valley, two shelters that were a part of Phase 1 were removed when Bollinger Canyon Road was widened and will need to be replaced. Mrs. Dhoot has contacted the property manager multiple times, and has not heard from them.

Chair Rathmann asked if there is an estimate of how many people will ride the bus if funded with the grant money. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are approximately 100 employees who work at Bank of the West from East Contra Costa County that currently take the current express transit service.

Mr. Boyan stated that his daughter has complained about the distance it takes to walk home from the bus stop to their housing community, especially because there is a bus turnout on the corner of Dougherty Valley and Crow Canyon Road closer to his community. He stated that a number of children living in the Portola community take the bus to Dougherty Valley High are walking a great distance to get home. Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff can work with County Connection for a route adjustment.

Chair Riggs moved on to the next item.

    • Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report

Mrs. Dhoot provided the update.

Stoneleaf Road at Wedgewood Road: Mrs. Dhoot received four complaints in the past few weeks regarding speeding and cut-through traffic. There is a two way stop control on the eastbound and westbound directions, which some drivers mistakenly use as a four-way stop due to striping on the roadway. Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff will look at parking restriction installation to enhance the intersection. Furthermore, Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff will look at restriping intersection, so it no longer has an appearance of all way stop.

North Monarch Road at Japonica Way: Mrs. Dhoot stated that there is an issue regarding cut-through traffic for Dougherty Valley High. Mrs. Dhoot stated that the Police Department (PD) will conduct selective enforcement. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she will also conduct a Stop Sign Warrant Analysis at this intersection.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Boyan stated that he believes there is cut through traffic due to the signal timing on Bollinger Canyon Road to get to Dougherty Valley High.

Chair Rathmann stated that the signals seem to prioritize the through streets.

Mr. Ballock asked what the posted speed limit sign is along Japonica Way. Mrs. Dhoot stated that it is 30mph.

Cinnamon Ridge Road at Quail Run Elementary School: Mrs. Dhoot stated that this street is collecting traffic off of minor streets, and is a direct connection to Quail Run Elementary. Parents walking to school notice drivers speeding, and noticed speed limit signs are missing in the area. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she will contact Shapell Industries to install signs.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Ballock asked if Shapell has control of that area. Mrs. Dhoot stated that yes based on the site plan the street is still owned by the developer.

Mr. Boyan asked where speed limit signs will be placed. Mrs. Dhoot stated that according to MUTCD you must place it at the beginning of the street.

Mischa Fritz asked how the streets are named in the city. Ms. Bobadilla stated that typically the developer has the ability to name the streets.


6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS 

6.1       Committee Member Items

None

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Commissioner Benedetti stated that the Planning Commission is looking at plans for ACRE Townhomes that will convert two existing offices into townhomes across from Ryan Industrial Court behind Home Depot. 

Ms. Bobadilla stated that the development application was submitted, and should go to the Planning Commission soon.

Commissioner Benedetti inquired about a stoplight at Alcosta Boulevard on I-680. Ms. Bobadilla stated that loop detectors were removed during the repaving, and are supposed to be reinstalled. Commissioner Benedetti stated that the traffic going northbound has been backing up onto the freeway.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

Mr. Fritz stated that the annual Teen Government Shadow Day is coming up on December 5, 2012.  Ms. Bobadilla stated that Mrs. Dhoot will be participating in the program this year.

Mr. Fritz stated that he is a part of a committee that is working with the City Attorney to revise the Tobacco Ordinance. The current ordinance is ten years old, and the committee is working on the regulation of second hand smoke, specifically in parks and multi-family unit housing. Mr. Fritz stated that the committee has presented to the Policy Committee and Parks Commission. The committee will present to City Council in January.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for December 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

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