REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS

PUBLIC HEARING

A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A NEW REGIONAL BUS FARE FOR TRAVEL

BETWEEN THE EAST BAY AND SAN FRANCISCO AND
BETWEEN THE EAST BAY AND SONOMA COUNTY

JANUARY 12, 2006

The Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) held a public hearing in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California, on Thursday, January 12, 2006, at 9:30 a.m., for the purpose of receiving public comment on a proposal to establish a new regional bus fare for travel between the East Bay and San Francisco and between the East Bay and Sonoma County.

Directors Present (8): Directors Cochran, Eddie, Kerns, Martini, Pahre, Shahum and Stroeh; Acting President Moylan

Directors Absent (11): Directors Ammiano, Brown, Dufty, Hernández, McGoldrick, Murray, Newhouse Segal, Reilly and Sandoval; Second Vice President Boro; President Middlebrook

Staff Present: General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith; District Engineer Denis J. Mulligan; Secretary of the District Janet S. Tarantino; Attorney David J. Miller; Deputy General Manager/Bus Division Susan C. Chiaroni; 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; Acting Auditor-Controller and Capital and Grant Program Manager Nina Rannells; Executive Assistant to the General Manager Amorette Ko; Customer Service Representative Glen Woods (Spanish Translator); Assistant Clerk of the Board Patsy Whala

Visitors Present:  None

1. Purpose of Public Hearing
     
 
The public hearing was conducted by Acting President Moylan and he announced that the purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comment on a proposal to establish a new regional bus fare for travel between the East Bay and San Francisco and between the East Bay and Sonoma County.
     
2. Public Outreach
     
  District Secretary Janet Tarantino reported that in compliance with District policy, the following forms of public outreach were undertaken by the District:
  a. The Notice was mailed to organizations and individuals on the District’s mailing list;
  b. Copies of the Notice were posted in various locations on District properties;
  c.
Legal notices of this public hearing were published in the Marin Independent Journal during the period of December 15, 2005 to December 22, 2005;
  d.
A press release on the public hearing was issued December 12, 2005, and posted to the District’s web site;
  e.
Display ads were placed in the San Francisco Chronicle (East Bay Edition), the Marin Independent Journal, the Commuter Times and La Voz (Spanish-language Newspaper) during the period of January 4, 2006 to January 10, 2006;
  f. The notice and staff reports were posted on the District’s web site;
  g. E-mail updates were sent to subscribers on December 14, 2005; January 3, 2006; and, January 6, 2006; and,
  h.
Posters in English and Spanish were placed on Golden Gate Transit buses, at East Bay bus stops and at the San Rafael Transit Center.
 
The Attorney for the District confirmed that the above-described public outreach met the legal requirements for calling a public hearing.
     
3. Staff Presentation
     
 
At the meeting, General Manager Celia Kupersmith stated that the Public Hearing would address some irregularities in the fare restructure program for fixed route fares. She stated that the staff report references the complementary paratransit service fare adjustment; however, paratransit service was not referenced in the public notice. She noted that staff will address the paratransit fare adjustment as part of the Five-Year Fare Program.

At the meeting, Mr. Zahradnik summarized the public hearing staff report, stating that the Board of Directors, by Ordinance No. 2005-06 at its meeting of October 14, 2005, authorized implementation of a regional bus and ferry fare restructure program. He stated that subsequent to this Board action, it was discovered that customers could misuse East Bay transfer privileges to underpay a bus fare for travel between Sonoma County and Marin County, and between San Francisco and Marin County. Specifically, a customer from Sonoma County could pay for a $3.25 trip to the East Bay and instead make a $3.95 (Zone 5) or $4.80 (Zone 6) trip to Marin County (Zone 3), or a customer from San Francisco could pay for a $3.25 trip to the East Bay and instead make a $3.95 trip to Marin County (Zone 3). As a result, staff is proposing to establish a new regional bus fare for travel between the East Bay and San Francisco and between the East Bay and Sonoma County, in order to reduce the risk of exposure to reduced fare revenue. A copy of the report is available in the District Secretary’s office and on the District’s web site.

     
4. Public Comments
     
 
Acting President Moylan then opened the hearing to receive public comment, noting that all comments will be entered into the record.  He stated that cards are available for those who desire to speak on the subject and that each person will be given three minutes to express their concerns.
     
  a. Written Communications
     
    No written communications were received.
     
  b. Oral Communications
     
   

No oral comments were received.

     
5. Closing Remarks
     
 
Acting President Moylan stated that staff will present its recommendation to the Finance-Auditing Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 12, 2006.  It is anticipated that the Board will take action the following day at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 13, 2006.  Both these meetings will be held in the Board Room, Administration Building, Toll Plaza, San Francisco, California.
     
6. Conclusion
     
  All business having been concluded, the public hearing was closed at 9:40 a.m.
     

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Janet S. Tarantino

Secretary of the District