Transportation Advisory Committee
August 15, 2013
Community Conference Room
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Victoria Harris, Mark Ballock, Harvey Riggs, Ed Boyan, Robert DuPont, and Bijal Patel.
Committee Members Absent: None
Planning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti
Teen Council Liaison: None
Guests Attending: Laramie Bowen, Hing Wong
Chair Victoria Harris called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Harris/Riggs) to approve the July 18, 2013 as written (5-0). Bijal Patel abstained from voting, since she did not attend the July TAC meeting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, introduced new Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) member Bijal Patel.
The TAC members and Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti introduced themselves to Ms. Patel.
4.1 Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) Bus Stop Access Improvement Project
Ms. Bobadilla introduced Laramie Bowen, Project Manager at County Connection. She stated that County Connection presented the Bus Stop Access Improvement Project at the Southwest Area Transportation (SWAT) committee meeting in July.
Mr. Bowen stated that the goal of the project is to review all existing County Connection bus stops and determine how they can improve pedestrian and bicyclists’ access at 50 locations. Mr. Bowen stated that TJKM and Transpo Group are the consultants who will provide the analysis for grant applications that County Connection can submit for funding for bus stop access improvements.
Mr. Bowen provided a list of the Top 100 Priority Bus Stops in the County Connection system.
Three bus stops in San Ramon have been identified in the Top 100, those stops are:
Ms. Bobadilla stated that City staff will take this information and compare it to the Capital Improvement Program, proposed sidewalk improvements, and pavement rehabilitation. Staff will look at the top three identified stops listed for bus stop access improvement, and compare that to other bus stops in San Ramon, and will then develop recommendations.
Mr. Bowen asked the committee members to provide feedback on the project.
Ed Boyan inquired about bus stop relocations. Mr. Bowen stated that it will be looked at in the study.
Chair Harris asked if there will be a follow up on whether the access improvements encourage ridership. Mr. Bowen stated that it would be difficult to see a correlation, since there are many items that influence transit usage, but the goal is to improve bus stop access.
Chair Harris moved onto the next item.
4.2 Review and Comment Draft Safe Routes to School Annual Report
PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, introduced the item.
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program raises awareness of bicyclist, pedestrian and traffic safety at and around school sites, while promoting alternatives for traveling to and from school locations.
The program is a collaborative effort between the City of San Ramon’s Transportation Division, Traffic Engineering Division, Police Services My Beat My School, School Site Administration, School Site Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD).
The program raises awareness of bicyclist, pedestrian and traffic safety at and around school sites. Educate students, parents, PTA’s & school-site administrators:
Appropriate pick-up and drop-off locations;
SRTS strives for the three E’s. Engineering, Education, and Enforcement:
SRTS School Sites:
1. Country Club Elementary School
The SRTS Process includes:
Observations: Field observations are conducted at 9 elementary school sites by one staff member during the months of February-May for 3 days.
Ms. Dhoot provided an example of suggested routes to school for students. Signals, crossing guards, and signage are pointed out on the map.
Traffic Safety Education Program:
1. Promote walking and biking to school as a safe and healthy alternative through the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Program
Chair Harris inquired about the City’s Stop Sign Warrant Analysis, and asked whether staff takes into consideration the proximity of school sites and walking routes. Ms. Dhoot stated that yes, SRTS routes and schools are considered during the warrant process.
Bijal Patel inquired about the total percentage of TRAFFIX riders vs. neighborhood population at available school sites. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she will provide the information to Ms. Patel and TAC members at the next meeting.
Mr. Boyan asked if there was a suggested route map for Coyote Creek Elementary School. Ms. Dhoot stated that each school site receives a suggested route map. Mr. Boyan asked how route is mapped out, Ms. Dhoot stated the suggested route utilizes public sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards.
Chair Harris moved on to the next item.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
5.1 TAC Annual Report
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the TAC Chair normally presents the TAC Annual Report to City Council. The TAC Annual Report presentation is scheduled for the September 24, 2013 City Council meeting, and Chair Harris will present the item. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the second draft of the TAC Annual Report is attached in the TAC packet, and encouraged committee members to provide any comments. The committee members stated that they will email additional comments by Friday September 6, 2013.
5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) Streets Status Report
PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, provided the update.
Reedland Circle: Ms. Dhoot received a request to conduct traffic counts as opposed to using a radar trailer to determine if there are speeding issues at the location. Ms. Dhoot stated that selective enforcement has been conducted at the location, and traffic counts will be conducted in late September.
Mr. Boyan inquired about the type of traffic counters that will be used. Ms. Dhoot stated that an encased traffic counting machine is installed on existing light poles along a given roadway. The machine is able to collect data through the briefcase and record it until staff downloads the data onto a computer for review.
Mr. Boyan suggested leaving traffic counters out for a full week through the weekend.
Mr. Boyan asked if the counters are city operated and installed. Ms. Dhoot stated that it is city equipment, and can only be installed by a city employee.
Ms. Dhoot thanked Sergeant Pat Cerruti for conducting selective enforcement at this location. She stated that traffic patrol staff spent a total of 4-5 hours observing at this location. She stated that the average speed was 20mph and the 85th percentile was 23mph.
Sgt. Cerruti stated that he was on Reedland Circle during the morning commute, and stated that vehicles traveling on Reedland Circle averaged 20.4mph, with a maximum speed of 36mph, traveling in both directions. He observed 25 vehicles per observation. Traffic patrol used lidar (laser-radar) guns for enforcement.
Mr. Boyan stated that he will confront drivers who are speeding in the neighborhood. Sgt. Cerruti discouraged Mr. Boyan from confronting drivers, and to call the Police Department instead.
Westside Drive: Ms. Dhoot received a request to address speeding. A speed survey was conducted along Westside Drive, and the 25mph speed limit was validated with the speed survey. Staff scheduled radar trailer deployment for August 1-2, 2013 and August 22-23, 2013. Ms. Dhoot stated that traffic patrol staff has conducted selective enforcement at this location. Ms. Dhoot stated that the resident, who requested the data, may attend the next TAC meeting to hear the selective enforcement and radar trailer findings. Sgt. Cerruti stated that he recorded very low speeds.
Commissioner Jeanne Bendetti stated that it may just be residents near this location who are speeding.
Alcosta Boulevard: Ms. Dhoot stated that she received a request to add “No U-Turn” signs on Alcosta Blvd at Burning Tree Drive.
Bob DuPont stated that he went to this location and there is a “No U-Turn” sign on Alcosta Blvd, but there is no sign on the frontage road.
Mr. Riggs stated that other residents who live on side residential streets on Alcosta Blvd. are also making U-turns across two lanes often.
Chair Harris stated that making a U-turn across two lanes is unsafe.
Ms. Dhoot stated that staff researched accidents at this location, and two accidents took place in 10 years. Ms. Dhoot stated that Mike Talley, Senior Traffic Engineer, stated that adding signage at this location may just transfer the problem.
Mr. Riggs suggested following up with the resident, and let him know that staff will monitor the location.
Mr. Boyan recommended sending a letter advising residents in the vicinity to not make U-turns from the frontage road. Ms. Bobadilla agreed.
Ms. Patel asked where residents would have to go to make a U-turn. Mr. Boyan stated it would be along Old Ranch Road. Ms. Patel suggested listing the location where residents can make the U-turn in the letter. Ms. Dhoot stated that she will include a copy of the letter in next Active RTC update.
Chair Harris moved onto Committee Member Items.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1 Committee Member Items
Ms. Patel stated that she would like staff to observe speed on Windemere Parkway headed towards Camino Tassajara. She believes motorists are using this as a cut through to Dougherty Road. Ms. Patel would like to know if the radar speed display sign has helped reduce speeds.
Ms. Dhoot stated that as part of the annual Radar Speed Display Sign (RSDS) Program she will collect data from all RSDS in the City, and will present the findings to the TAC members, and City Council. Ms. Dhoot stated that part of Windemere Parkway is in Contra Costa County’s jurisdiction, particularly the segment of Windemere Parkway from Tassajara Staging to Camino Tassajara.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that PD will provide selective enforcement on Windemere Parkway throughout the city’s limit. Sgt. Cerruti agreed with Ms. Bobadilla.
Ms. Patel asked if there have been accidents documented along Windemere Parkway near Holborn Way. Sgt. Cerruti stated that there have been a few accidents in the area.
For the intersection of Windemere Parkway and Holborn Way, Ms. Dhoot stated that staff has been looking into the most ideal mitigation measure to enhance the existing crosswalks. The first recommendation was to remove one leg of the four leg crosswalk, and add additional signs. However, staff has now learned that grant funding has become available for such crosswalks. Thus, staff is now awaiting the grant funding and will install flashing beacons at the intersection of Windemere Parkway and Holborn Way.
Chair Harris thanked Sgt. Cerruti for attending the meeting.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
Commissioner Benedetti stated that the ACRE Townhome Project, was approved by City Council. The project was amended to include six live-work units.
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10p.m. The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for September 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.