Transportation Advisory Committee
April 18, 2013
Community Conference Room
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Victoria Harris, Mark Ballock, Harvey Riggs, Peter Rathmann, and Ed Boyan.
Committee Members Absent: None
Council Members Attending: NonePlanning Commission Liaison: None
Teen Council Liaison: Mischa Fritz, Miranda Shakes, and Krupa Adisimilli.
Guests Attending: None
Staff Members Attending: Amy Sekhon, Darlene Amaral, PJ Dhoot, Maria Fierner, Brian Bornstein, and Amy Amiri.
Chair Victoria Harris called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Harris) to approve the March 21, 2013 meeting minutes with the spelling correction on page 2 (4-0). Vice Chair Mark Ballock was not present for the item.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Draft Five-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fiscal Year 2013-2018
Amy Amiri, Senior CIP Administrative Analyst, provided a summary of circulation and signal projects for the draft Five-Year CIP Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2018. Ms. Amiri stated the CIP is a comprehensive five-year plan that incorporates capital project priorities, project costs, methods of financing, and revenues. The City of San Ramon utilizes the CIP as a multi-year planning instrument to identify needed capital projects and coordinate financing and timing of improvements.
The first year of the CIP is the Capital Budget. The Capital Budget is incorporated in the City’s Annual Program of Services. Each year, the City Council adopts the Annual Program of Services including the Capital Budget and appropriates the necessary funds for these CIP projects. Projects scheduled for subsequent years in the CIP are approved on a planning basis, and funds are not appropriated until the projects are included in a subsequent Capital Budget.
New Projects for FY 2013-2014.
Reprogrammed or Modified Projects for FY 2013-2014.
Staff has completed the design for the project, and awaits construction. This project will also include relocating the traffic signal pole on the southwest corner of Crow Canyon Road at Camino Ramon.
Ms. Amiri introduced Maria Fierner, Engineering Services Director, and Brian Bornstein, City Engineer.
Ms. Amiri welcomed questions and comments from the TAC members, and will forward the comments to the Finance Committee and City Council.
Mr. Riggs asked why some circulation projects were moved to a later date. Ms. Amiri stated that some of the projects were moved because they were tied into development projects.
Mr. Riggs asked if right-of-way was purchased for the Bollinger Widening Project. Mr. Bornstein stated that not all right-of-way has been purchased, nor has all funding sources been allocated.
Mr. Riggs stated that uneven pavement and sloughing between Norris Canyon Road and the San Ramon Regional Medical Center is an issue along Alcosta Boulevard. Mr. Riggs feels that this could be a safety issue, and should be prioritized over other projects. Ms. Fierner stated that a Conditions Study was completed for the area, and that there is a program in place for the Five-Year Pavement Plan.
Ms. Fierner stated some projects have STP grant funding, and unfortunately Alcosta Boulevard did not meet the grant requirements, unlike San Ramon Valley Boulevard which met the requirements.
Chair Harris asked what kind of efficiencies are gained from leaving out funding for the Stop Gap funds in interim years. Ms. Amiri stated that it is for contracting efficiencies, that way funding is available to complete a project.
Chair Harris asked why there was no funding for signals. Ms. Amiri stated that there is funding for maintenance that is a part of the Public Services Operating Budget. Ms. Amiri stated that the Capital Budget is adopted, and the rest of the CIP is a planning tool for upcoming fiscal years. If a new signal or enhancement to a signal is needed, it would be a part of the budget.
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Ballock) to approve the Draft Five-Year CIP for FY 2013-2018, pending their comments on Alcosta Boulevard are forwarded to the Finance Committee and City Council (5-0).
4.2 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee Annual Report
Darlene Amaral, Transportation Analyst, presented the item to TAC members. Ms. Amaral passed out copies of the TDM Annual Report 2012 Power Point that was presented to City Council on April 9, 2013.
Ms. Amaral stated that the TDM program focuses on reducing changing travel demand rather than increasing transportation supply. TDM strategies are intended to modify travel behavior, using measures which either eliminate trips, change the time of day trips are made, accommodate additional person in a vehicle, or encourage both walking and bicycling.
The TDM Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly, and is made up five members of the San Ramon business community appointed by City Council, including:
There is currently a vacant spot for a TAC liaison, and two vacant alternate positions.
Purpose of the Committee:
511 Contra Costa Incentive Programs:
Funding for these programs are provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) and Measure J.
Complimentary Employer Services:
Vanpool Incentive Program:
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program:
TDM Program Highlights:
What’s Happening in 2013
Ms. Amaral stated that the next TDM Advisory Committee meeting is on May 20, 2013 from 11:30am-1:30pm.
Mr. Riggs asked who funds the employer survey. Ms. Amaral stated that it is funded by the BAAQMD TFCA funds.
Mischa Fritz, Teen Council, asked where the Bike to Work Day energizer station will be located. Ms. Amaral stated that it will be on the corner of Bollinger Canyon Road and the Iron Horse Trail.
Vice Chair Ballock asked if bike lockers will be placed in Bishop Ranch as well as the bike racks. Ms. Amaral stated for now they are installing bike racks, and may install bike lockers in the future.
Vice Chair Ballock asked if there will be increased security at the bike rack locations. Ms. Amaral stated that they may install e-lockers for bike lockers, but is not sure what security measures are being taken for bike racks.
Chair Harris asked Ms. Amaral if there will ever be increased Bike to Work Days. Ms. Amaral stated that technically the month of May is Bike to Work month, and it is a statewide event. Vice Chair Ballock stated that the purpose of Bike to Work Day is to decrease traffic congestion, and reduce air pollution.
Chair Harris asked Ms. Amaral if there are ways that you can track the efficiency of the programs. Ms. Amaral stated that through the surveys we track the effectiveness of programs.
Vice Chair Ballock stated that the County Connection buses do not have enough room to hold more than 2 bicycles. Mr. Rathmann asked if County Connection accepts folding bicycles onto the bus like BART. Ms. Amaral stated that she would have to check on that.
Chair Harris suggested surveying the programs more often.
Chair Harris moved onto Unfinished Business.
5.1 I-680 Transit Corridor Project Status Update
5.3 Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, provided the update.
Ivy Hill Way: The Highlands Point Apartments have been constructed on the corner of Ivy Hill Way and Albion Road. Ms. Dhoot stated that a request to install “No Parking” signs was submitted, since they were removed for construction in the area. A work order has been submitted to add the “No Parking” signage on the eastside of Ivy Hill Way.
Portable In-Street Signs in School Areas: Ms. Dhoot stated that these signs are placed in crosswalks near school zones, but are repeatedly getting hit by vehicles. Ms. Dhoot stated that these signs are expensive to replace, and that portable signs may be used. The portable signs would be the responsibility of the school district staff.
Vice Chair Ballock asked if there is any way to increase the visibility of the crosswalks. He stated that in Pleasant Hill near trail crossing they highlight the crosswalks, and it is a very visible color. Vice Chair Ballock stated that he will take a picture.
Ms. Dhoot stated that on Golden Gate Avenue near the Dublin BART station they have put in a green bike lane. Ms. Dhoot stated that she will check the Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices (MUTCD) to see if that was something new they added. Mr. Rathmann stated that the green bike lane may be experimental.
Miranda Shakes, Teen Council, stated damage that would be done to portable signs. Ms. Shakes stated that the portable signs could be hazardous as well. Ms. Dhoot stated that was a good point.
Mr. Boyan stated that the signs could be stuck underneath cars and moved to a different location because of their rubber bases.
Chair Harris stated that the portable signs could be stolen as well as damaged.
Mr. Riggs stated that people may request more of these portable signs. Mr. Riggs stated that adding decals over the signs could be a good idea, instead of using portable signs.
Mr. Boyan asked if the signs were detachable. Ms. Dhoot stated that they are, but they are drilled into the pole that holds them up.
Mr. Rathmann suggested talking to the manufacturer of the sign to make them more durable, and then if the sign is worn out add the decal over the sign.
Mr. Riggs stated that he saw the new radar trailer out, and he stated that it was a very nice trailer.
Chair Harris moved on to Committee Member Items.
6.1 Committee Member Items
Mr. Boyan stated that on Albion Way and Bollinger Canyon Road the signal is very long during the AM drop off, and cars are backed up to the high school trying to get on to Bollinger Canyon Road.
Chair Harris stated that she would like to know more about the emergency preparedness plan in San Ramon.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Mischa Fritz, Teen Council, introduced Krupa Adisimilli to the TAC. Mr. Fritz stated that Krupa will be the Teen Council Liaison to the TAC.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45p.m. The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for May 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.