November 17, 2011

 

REPORT OF THE
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE/COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

 

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, CA, on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 10:05 a.m., Acting and Vice Chair Cochran presiding.

Committee Members Present (7): Acting and Vice Chair Cochran; Directors Arnold, Grosboll, Pahre, Rabbitt and Sobel; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
Committee Members Absent (1): Director Snyder
Other Directors Present (7): Directors Boro, Chu, Eddie, Moylan, Renée, Stroeh and Theriault

Committee of the Whole Members Present (14): Directors Arnold, Boro, Chu, Cochran, Moylan, Pahre, Rabbitt, Renée, Sobel, Stroeh and Theriault; Second Vice President Grosboll; First Vice President Eddie; President Reilly (Ex Officio)
Committee of the Whole Members Absent (4): Directors Campos, Elsbernd, Mar and Snyder

[Note: On this date, there was one vacancy on the Board of Directors.]

Staff Present: General Manager Denis Mulligan; Acting Auditor-Controller Jennifer Mennucci; District Engineer Ewa Bauer; Secretary of the District Janet Tarantino; Attorney David Miller; Deputy General Manager/Bridge Division Kary Witt; Acting Deputy General Manager/Ferry Transit Division Christian Stark; Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Kellee Hopper; Public Affairs Director Mary Currie; Assistant Clerk of the Board Lona Franklin

Visitors Present: None

     
1. Report of District Advisory Committees
     
  a.
Advisory Committee on Accessibility

There were no meetings to report in the month of October 2011, for the Advisory
Committee on Accessibility.
     
  b.

Bus Passengers Advisory Committee

There were no meetings to report in the month of October 2011, for the Bus Passengers Advisory Committee. The Meeting Agenda for November 9, 2011, was furnished to the Transportation Committee. Copies are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

     
  c.

Ferry Passengers Advisory Committee

There were no meetings to report in the month of October 2011, for the Ferry Passengers Advisory Committee. Meeting Notes of June 13, 2011, and the Meeting Agenda for November 14, 2011, were furnished to the Transportation Committee. Copies are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

     
2. Status Report on the Marin County Local Bus Service Contract

In a memorandum to Committee, Director of Planning Ron Downing, Deputy General Manager/Administration and Development Kellee Hopper, Deputy General Manager/Bus Transit Division Teri Mantony and General Manager Denis Mulligan reported on the status of Marin County Transit District Service Initiatives.

The staff report stated that Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) recently undertook two actions to change or potentially change the composition of service historically provided to Marin Transit under a contract with the District. On September 1, 2011, Marin Transit issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for operation of the Rural and Seasonal Transit Program, which includes the West Marin Stagecoach and the Muir Woods Shuttle. The District did not submit a proposal. The staff report further stated that Marin Transit, by its letter dated October 21, 2011, indicated its desire to develop a new intergovernmental Agreement with the District for the provision of Marin local bus service, to supersede the current ten-year Agreement, adopted in 2006 and last amended in 2008.

In its October 21, 2011, letter, Marin Transit also expressed interest in understanding the impact of a shift of the District’s regional bus service hours to other contractors, and proposed that Marin Transit and the District participate together in policy-level discussions. Marin Transit has indicated that the terms of its current Agreement with the District are not sustainable for them and that a new Agreement, effective no later than January 1, 2014, will be required.

The staff report stated that, on November 2, 2011, the District’s Board President responded to Marin Transit’s letter, expressing interest in the District’s continued provision of Marin local bus service, and in collaborative discussion. The first policy-level meeting will take place during the last quarter of 2011, and subsequent reports will be presented to the Board of Directors on the issues discussed and possible solutions developed.

At the meeting, Mr. Mulligan stated that the District operated the Muir Woods Shuttle during the 2010 and 2011 tourist seasons. In addition, the District carries 92% of Marin Transit’s customers and operates its most intensely used buses. However, because Marin Transit is facing financial obstacles and District services make up a large portion of their operating budget, they wish to renegotiate the ten-year Agreement currently in place between the parties. He indicated that negotiations are scheduled and it is hoped that agreement will be reached.

Discussion ensued, including the following inquiries:

  • Director Grosboll made the following inquiries:
    • He inquired as to the personnel and financial considerations of the District not operating the Muir Woods Shuttle. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that eight jobs would be affected, most of which would be Bus Operators. He added that the District’s full Operator rate was paid by Marin Transit last year.
    • He inquired as to what is involved with operating the West Marin Stagecoach. In response, Mr. Mulligan stated that the West Marin Stagecoach is small, as required due to road conditions, and operated through a contract with a vendor for small buses. The route provides lifeline transit service to West Marin. It is nicknamed the Stagecoach. Utilization is low, making per-customer operating costs high. This is a service the District has not provided for many years.
     
3.

Monthly Report on Bridge Traffic, Transit Ridership Trends and Transit Service Performance

The monthly report on Bridge Traffic and Transit Ridership Trends and Transit Service Performance was furnished to the Transportation Committee. The report shows the annual trend lines for the 12-month period ending September 2011, and includes the following charts:

  a. Southbound Golden Gate Bridge Traffic Trend for the period from June 2004 to September 2011, showing the annual percentage change in traffic for the 12 months ending September 2011;
  b. Golden Gate Ferry Ridership Trend for the period from June 2004 through September 2011 showing the annual percentage change in ridership for the 12 months ending September 2011; and,
  c. Golden Gate Transit Bus Ridership Trend as a 12-month running total from June 2004 through September 2011 showing the annual percentage change in ridership for the 12 months ending September 2011.
     
 

The monthly report also included the Transit Service Performance Statistics Report for September 2011. The report shows Golden Gate Transit Bus (GGT Bus) and Golden Gate Transit Ferry (GGT Ferry) operations in September relative to performance targets set forth in the District’s Short-Range Transit Plan. GGT Bus showed productivity improvements in passengers per bus trip, load factor, passengers per bus service hour and farebox recovery, when compared to August 2011. GGT Ferry productivity increased in average weekday passengers, schedule adherence, and farebox recovery, when compared to August 2011. Copies of all of the above-listed items are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

     
4.

Monthly Report on Activities Related to Marin Local Service Contract with the Marin County Transit District

The monthly report on activities related to the Marin local service contract with the Marin Transit was furnished to the Transportation Committee. The report included the following elements:

  a. Revised spreadsheet from the Planning Department outlining GGT Bus service performance of both District regional routes and Marin Transit local routes, for September 2011; and,
  b. A spreadsheet from the Auditor-Controller outlining the history of payments made from July 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011, by Marin Transit to the District, for intra-county bus transit services in Marin County.
     
 
Due to the high volume of agendas and minutes from Marin County agencies related to this item, hard copies of those items were not provided to the Committee. Instead, electronic versions of the following items were posted on the District’s web site:
  a.
Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) Executive Committee Agenda for October 10, 2011;
  b.
TAM Board of Directors Agenda for October 27, 2011; and,
  c. Marin Transit Meeting Agenda for October 17, 2011.
 

Copies of all of the above-listed items are available in the Office of the District Secretary and on the District’s web site.

Action by the Board – None Required

   
5.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

     
6.

Adjournment

All business having been concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 10:13 a.m.

     

 

Respectfully submitted,

s/ Gerald Cochran, Acting and Vice Chair
Transportation Committee