January 15, 2004

(For Board: January 30, 2004)



Honorable Board of Directors

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway

and Transportation District

Honorable Members:

A meeting of the Transportation Committee/Committee of the Whole was held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Thursday, January 15, 2004, at 10:20 a.m., Chair Brown presiding.

Committee Members Present (8): Chair Brown; Vice Chair Shahum; Directors Harrison, Kerns, Martini, Middlebrook and Pahre; President Smith (Ex Officio).

Committee Members Absent (0): None

Other Directors Present (4): Directors Boro, Eddie, Reilly and Stroeh

Committee of the Whole Members Present (12): Directors Boro, Brown, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Pahre, Reilly, Shahum and Stroeh; Second Vice President Harrison; First Vice President Middlebrook; President Smith

Committee of the Whole Members Absent (5): Directors Ammiano, Hall, Maxwell, McGoldrick and Murray

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Auditor-Controller Joseph M. Wire; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorneys David J. Miller and Jerrold C. Schaefer; Acting Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Gene Walker; Deputy General Manager/Ferry Division James P. Swindler; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Teri W. Mantony; Planning Director Alan Zahradnik; Public Affairs Director Mary C. Currie; Principal Planner Ron Downing; Budget and Program Analysis Manager Jennifer Mennucci; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Assistant Clerk of the Board Karen B. Engbretson

Visitors Present: John McKane, Novato Resident

1. Report of the District Advisory Committees

a. Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA)

The agenda for the December 18, 2003, meeting and the minutes of the August 21, 2003, meeting of the Advisory Committee on Accessibility were furnished to the Transportation Committee. Copies are available in the Office of the District Secretary.

b. Ferry Passengers Advisory Committee

The agendas for the January 7, 2004, meeting and the minutes of the December 3, 2003, meeting of the Ferry Passengers Advisory Committee were furnished to the Transportation Committee. Copies are available in the Office of the District Secretary.

Action by the Board : None Required

2. Update on the the Phase II Transit Service Reductions

In a verbal report to the Committee, Planning Director Alan Zahradnik and General Manager Celia Kupersmith provided a status report regarding the Phase II transit service reductions. Mr. Zahradnik stated that following action by the Board of Directors at its December 19, 2003 meeting to reduce and reallocate existing bus resources in order to sustain extra services added back to address unforeseen overcrowding and other critical problems, it now appears that the modified system has now stabilized. He also stated that customer telephone calls to the District’s Customer Service Call Center have reached normal activity levels in the past month. He noted that the vast majority of complaints received pertained to missed connections rather than loss of service. He further stated that most of the customer concerns regarding service problems have now been addressed successfully with the added-back service. Ms. Kupersmith stated that staff projections of a 15% loss of ridership following implementation of the transit service reductions had not been exceeded.

Discussion ensued, including the following salient points:

Director Kerns inquired as to when the six weekday bus trips would be eliminated from Sonoma to San Francisco commute bus routes 72, 74 and 76. In response, Mr. Zahradnik stated that those trips are proposed for elimination in March 2004.

Director Middlebrook inquired as to how staff resolved the service problems associated with traffic congestion on Folsom Street in downtown San Francisco. In response, Mr. Zahradnik explained that the elimination of a certain bus stop on Folsom Street, five blocks from the Bay Bridge on-ramp, had reduced the impacts of traffic on bus running times.

Director Harrison inquired regarding service problems associated with San Francisco Civic Center, and Mr. Zahradnik explained how staff modified service to the Civic Center by using additional Route 93 shuttle buses.

Chair Brown inquired as to whether all of the added-back service staff described would be reflected in the new Transit Guide, and Mr. Zahradnik replied in the affirmative, noting that the Guide would be available in mid- to late-February 2004, in advance of the March 2004 Bus Operator quarterly signup, at which time some of the additional service modifications will go into effect.

President Smith inquired as to whether the Route 93 shuttles originated at the San Francisco Bus Lot at Eighth and Harrison Streets. In response, Mr. Zahradnik explained the routing of Route 93.

Director Boro inquired regarding the costs of running shuttle routes in San Francisco, and Mr. Zahradnik stated that there are significant savings associated with running such shuttles compared to restoring direct service between San Francisco and Marin.

Action by the Board – None Required

3. Status Report from Board Appointees on SMART

The agendas for the December 17, 2003, meeting and the minutes of the November 12, 2003, meeting of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART), were furnished to the Transportation Committee. Copies are available in the Office of the District Secretary.

At the meeting, Director Eddie, one of the Board appointees to SMART, summarized recent actions by SMART, noting that the SMART Board of Directors has been moving forward on station site planning relative to potential revenue-generation opportunities. He stated that while positive progress has been made relative to the station sites, such activities have caused a delay in the transfer of assets from the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority to SMART.

Discussion ensued, including the following:

Director Middlebrook commented that she had attended a recent meeting of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, at which meeting the SMART Project Director, Lillian Hames, noted that SMART may lose some funding previously earmarked to it by the State of California. Directors Boro and Kerns clarified that the state funding, associated with the Transportation Congestion Relief Program, is in jeopardy of being eliminated in light of the state budget being proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger. They noted, however, that it appears that SMART still has control of the $7 million in funding available for SMART’s rail planning and environmental study efforts.

In response to an inquiry by Director Shahum as to whether the proposed $1 increase on state-owned bridges (known as Regional Measure 1) would provide any revenue for rail service, Director Boro stated that the main focus of any funds allocated to North Bay rail service through Regional Measure 1 would be for a rail extension from San Rafael to Larkspur at either the Larkspur Ferry Terminal or a possible future ferry terminal at Point San Quentin.

Action by the Board – None Required

4. Public Comment

There was no public comment.

5. Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Harold C. Brown, Jr., Chair

Transportation Committee