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MINUTES

July 18, 2013

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

July 18, 2013

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:      Mark Ballock, Harvey Riggs, Ed Boyan, and Robert DuPont.

Committee Members Absent:          Victoria Harris and Bijal Patel.                     

Council Members Attending:          None

Planning Commission Liaison:         Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                    None

Guests Attending:                         Elaine Schroth

Staff Members Attending:              Lisa Bobadilla, Amy Sekhon, PJ Dhoot, and Michelle Xue.

Vice Chair Mark Ballock called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Boyan) to approve the April 18, 2013 meeting minutes as written (3-0). Robert DuPont abstained from voting.

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Ballock) to approve the May 16, 2013 meeting minutes as written (3-0). Robert DuPont abstained from voting.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager introduced Michelle Xue, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) High School Summer Intern. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the City of San Ramon was one of 33 agencies selected to receive an MTC High School Summer Intern. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Ms. Xue will be a Junior at California High School this Fall, and will be working in the Transportation Division. Ms. Xue will also shadow the Planning Division, Building Division, Engineering Services, and the Police Department throughout her internship. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Ms. Xue will present what she learned during her internship to City Council at the August 13, 2013 meeting.

Ms. Bobadilla introduced new TAC member Robert DuPont. Mr. DuPont stated that he has been a San Ramon resident before its incorporation, and has worked on various citizen committees in the past, and is glad to be a part of the committee. The TAC members and Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti introduced themselves to Mr. DuPont.

4.1       TRAFFIX School Year 2012-2013 Update

Ms. Bobadilla introduced the item. TRAFFIX just completed its fourth year of service, and will begin its fifth year of bus services, in the Fall. Funding for the program is provided through the Contra Costa Measure J half-cent sales tax program, Bay Area Quality Management (BAAQMD) Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA), and parent contributions. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she, along with PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, represent San Ramon on the TRAFFIX Technical Advisory Committee. Mayor Bill Clarkson and Vice Mayor Dave Hudson represent San Ramon as members of the TRAFFIX Board of Directors. TRAFFIX contracts with a Program Manager who reports to the Board of Directors through the Technical Advisory Committee. TRAFFIX currently provides bus services to 9 school sites in the San Ramon Valley.

The school sites in San Ramon include:

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

The school sites in Danville include:

  • Green Valley Elementary School.
  • Vista Grande Elementary School.
  • Los Cerros Middle School.
  • Monte Vista High School.

Ms. Bobadilla then introduced Elaine Schroth, TRAFFIX Program Manager.

Ms. Schroth stated that the TRAFFIX program has been successful at alleviating congestion in the San Ramon Valley, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ms. Schroth stated that 1,411 students signed up for TRAFFIX services in School Year (SY) 2012-2013 and that 1,089 passes were sold so far for SY 2013-2014, and TRAFFIX anticipates more pass sales in the Fall. Ms. Schroth stated that she works to market the program by attending back to school registrations, PTA meetings, school carnivals, etc. Ms. Schroth stated that TRAFFIX embarked on the “Try TRAFFIX” program on April 22, 2013. The program sold passes for $25 good for use through the end of the school year. Ms. Schroth stated that 35 trial passes sold, and approximately 17 of those students bought regular passes for the upcoming school year. Ms. Schroth stated that passes for the upcoming school year were sold at discounted prices of $200 and 1,063 passes were sold during that time. Prices went up to $275 after June 15, 2013. Ms. Schroth stated that TRAFFIX anticipates selling about 1500 passes for the upcoming school year. Ms. Schroth stated that she will send out surveys, mailings, and marketing materials to areas with low TRAFFIX ridership. Ms. Schroth brought TRAFFIX brochures, and other TRAFFIX marketing materials including hats, lanyards, and activity books. Ms. Schroth stated that TRAFFIX will embark on a route planning study, which will provide input on route planning for SY 2014-2015 to improve ridership for the program.

Questions/Comments

Harvey Riggs asked how many tons of green house gas is being saved with the TRAFFIX program. Ms. Schroth stated that she would have to refer to the TRAFFIX Valley-Wide Traffic Analysis.

Mr. Riggs stated that TRAFFIX should market how costly driving students to school is with current gas prices.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that a number of Transportation programs are funded through TFCA. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are required to complete cost effective forms that indicate greenhouse gas reductions through the TFCA funded programs.

Mr. DuPont asked how much a regular pass costs for a school year. Ms. Schroth stated that passes are $275 per student, but decreases in price during the school year. She stated that the Spring promotion sells passes for the upcoming school year for $200. Ms. Schroth stated that there is a similar program in the Lamorinda area that sells passes for $400, and one in Palo Alto area that sells passes at over $600.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that selling the passes in the Spring before the upcoming school year helps determine TRAFFIX marketing efforts for the Fall.

Mr. Riggs stated that enrollment at Dougherty Valley High School is going to increase, and believes TRAFFIX would benefit adding service there.

Vice Chair Ballock moved on to the next item.

4.2       Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Annual Report

Ms. Bobadilla stated that every year the TAC Chair presents the TAC Annual Report to the City Council. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the TAC Annual Report is scheduled to go to council on September 24, 2013. Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff has drafted an update for the TAC members to review, and will incorporate committee member comments into the report. Staff will bring the revisedTAC annual report as an unfinished business item for review at the August TAC meeting. Ms. Bobadilla went through the draft PowerPoint.

Questions/Comments:

Mr. Riggs asked if I-680 Transit Corridor Project is included as transportation requests. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they area not since it is regarding a regional project, but those calls are tracked internally.

Mr. Riggs recommended changing the title to the “TAC Action Plan 2013” slides to “TAC Action Plan” instead.

Vice Chair Ballock suggested spelling out school names instead of abbreviating them.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that TAC members are welcome to attend the City Council meeting on September 24, 2012.

Vice Chair Ballock moved on to Unfinished Business.

5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1       Public Transit Status Report

Ms. Bobadilla provided the update. She stated that County Connection presented a Bus Stop Access Improvement Project update to the Southwest Area Transportation Committee (SWAT). Ms. Bobadilla stated that SWAT members are currently reviewing the project, and that she will come back with an update on the project to the TAC at the next regularly scheduled meeting. Ms. Bobadilla stated that County Connection provides service to 11 cities. County Connection has hired TJKM, engineering consulting firm, to observe bus stops to determine improvements for vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle access.

5.2       Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, provided the update.

Brockton Avenue: Ms. Dhoot received a request to improve sight distance at the intersection of Brockton Avenue and Interlachen Avenue. A resident stated that he would like to see improvement in sight distance for drivers along Interlachen Avenue approaching Brockton Avenue. A traffic engineer conducted a Sight Distance Analysis, and stated that the intersection does meet the requirements for red curb installation to improve sight distance. Ms. Dhoot stated that this request will go to City Council in September along with other red curb requests. Once City Council approves the item, she will proceed with a work order to Public Services.

Questions/Comments:

Mr. Riggs asked if the red curb would be along a side yard. Ms. Dhoot stated that was correct.

Vista Monte Drive: Ms. Dhoot stated that she received a request through the City’s CRM system. A resident requested addressing safety for motorists traveling southbound on Monte Vista Drive from Old Ranch Road. Ms. Dhoot stated that she conducted a field observation and reviewed the intersection Sight Distance Analysis with Traffic Engineering staff. Red Curb parking restriction was recommended for 50 feet at the entrance of Monte Vista Drive. The resident would like to see red curb along the park on Vista Monte Drive.

Questions/Comments:

Mr. Riggs stated that he travels to the park often and agrees that 50 feet of red curb is more than enough for enhancing safety.

Vice Chair Ballock moved on to Committee Member Items.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Riggs stated that City Council received a request regarding No U-turns along southbound Alcosta Boulevard near Estero Drive. Mr. Riggs stated that staff should conduct an analysis at this location, as he sees unsafe U-turns at this location quite often.

Mr. Boyan inquired about pavement funding for streets in San Ramon, particularly funding from the sale of homes in Dougherty Valley. Ms. Bobadilla stated that for every home sold in Dougherty Valley, the developers were required to pay a traffic mitigation fee. The money is used to improve roadways as listed in the Dougherty Valley Settlement Agreement.

Mr. Boyan stated that he believes the radar trailer is a deterrent for speeding, since people generally slow down when they see a radar trailer. Mr. Boyan stated that the time the radar trailer was parked along Reedland Circle the trailer was not out during peak traveling hours. He stated that he did not like the placement of the radar trailer as well. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Traffic Sergeant places the radar trailer at his discretion.

Mr. Riggs stated that the radar trailer was recommended for adaptations to speed deterrents rather than speed control. Mr. Riggs stated that radar speed display signs, and radar trailers are to help identify roads with speeding issues through data collection. Mr. Boyan stated that he would like to see some other form of data collection rather than radar trailer data collection. Mr. Boyan reiterated that he does not feel radar trailers can effectively deter speeding on a roadway.

Ms. Dhoot explained the RTC process to the committee members, she stated that staff can collect the data from the day the radar trailer is on Reedland Circle, and complete a selective enforcement request. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Police Department (PD) uses their discretion on where to safely place the radar trailer. Ms. Dhoot stated that she is preparing a radar trailer schedule for the Fall, and will add Reedland Circle. Mr. Boyan stated that when PD was conducting selective enforcement along Reedland Circle, he did not believe the times they were there accurately depicted speeding. Mr. Riggs stated that it might be helpful to collect traffic counts on the roadway. Ms. Bobadilla agreed to conduct traffic counts on Reedland Circle.

Vice Chair Ballock inquired about sharrow lanes along Bollinger Canyon Road. He stated that he spoke to Mayor Clarkson and Council member Perkins about sharrow lanes. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Mayor Clarkson did talk to staff regarding this matter, and staff has prepared a memo in response. Ms. Dhoot stated that according to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) stated those sharrow lanes are not to be installed on roadways with posted speed limits of 35mph or higher. Bollinger Canyon Road has a posted speed limit of 40 mph at that segment on westbound Bollinger Canyon Road. Mr. Riggs asked what sharrow lanes are? Ms. Dhoot stated that they stand for “shared use lane markings”, which is for shared car and bike lanes, commonly referred to as “sharrows”. Ms. Dhoot stated that staff will conduct research on dismount zones at that location and provide an update to TAC.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Commissioner Jeanne  Benedetti  stated that the ACRE  Townhome Project, was  approved  by  the  Planning   Commission,   and  met the General Plan requirements for use in the area.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

None.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for August 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

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