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a lot of great work by the mayor's office. leading negotiations on behalf of all of the city departments with full input from the agencies and particularly those that are impacted such as ours. the mayor recently announced that he had reached an agreement that has since been to the planning commission there are aspects that would impact and benefit the m.t.a. and we have ken rich here from the mayor's office and representatives from planning and our own staff to give you an update on what this is in the agreement to seek your consent. so, i will turn it over to ken rich from the mayor's office to walk us through this. >> good afternoon board members. if i can have the overhead. i am ken rich with the office of economic and workforce development. as you probably know the city is working on their proposal to build five new medical
facilities in the city in order to comply with state mandates regarding seismic safety for hospitals. the project will provide two new seismicly safe hospitals for the city, inject over $2 billion into the economy and provide over 1,500 construction job in the short-term. a development agreement is a binding contract which vests their approval for these facilities in return for a set of community benefits which the developer would provide to the city. it includes community benefits related to health care, workforce development, affordable housing, improvements and transit. together it was recommended by the planning commission last thursday which certified the project's e.i.r. the board of supervisors has
the ultimate approval authority and is expected to act within the next few months. in a few minutes we will go over the agreements. first i would like to summarize the project for you. it is the construction of a new five-story, 80-bed full service acute care hospital. it will be built on the existing parking lot. the existing hospital will stay in operation until the new hospital is ready. it also includes a new five-story medical office building adjaceant to the hospital. at cathedral hill the project includes the construction of a new 555-bed, 265-foot tall hospital at the seattle of the closed cathedral hill hotel.
across from that a 130-foot tall medical office building. construction of an underground tunnel connecting the two buildings. once the cathedral hill camp suscomplete, in about 2017, the acute care services at california and pacific campuses would be transferred to the new cathedral hill. lastly on dubose a new 46,000 square foot, four-story medical office clinic building housing a neuroscience constitute -- institute. that is a brief overview of the project itself. i am go to ask briefly the
planning department to go over with you the traffic and circulation issues mostly focusing on the cathedral hill campus. >> good afternoon. i am the transportation planner for the cathedral hill campus. i will give you an overview of the traffic and circulation at that site. so this is an overview. i will zoom into each location. north is up. the bottom there is geary. in the midcell post street. ken was saying and it has been described before, the hospital on the left. the medical office building is on the east side. that is the focus of the presentation today. this is the new building.
a medical office renovated at sutter. so we zoom in to the hospital site. blue arrows indicate vehicular access, driveways. purple indicate pedestrian access. the main parking access for the hospital will be off of geary. you can see that northbound arrow at the bottom and access off of post street for cars driving into the parking garage. once inside there is an anterior drop off and pick up zone. all of that activity will be off street. then there is access to the parking garage from within that drop off area. on the left you can see there is a loading dock that can accommodate several trucks at once anden ables large trucks to pull in facing forward,
maneuver off street and then exit facing forward as well back on to franklin street. you can see the emergency room access for ambulances and for people that need to get to the emergency room quickly. they will access that off of franklin. then they will exit on to post street to the north and immediately east of that there is a small parking area for ambulances. you can see the driveway in and out. that is all the access in. for cars exitting the garage they are exitting only on to post street. there is also an emergency drive way on to geary street and emergency situation in order to keep circulation functional following an emergency. most of the time that drive way will be closed off. egress will be only on to post street.
and this is to the east, the medical office building. blue arrows are the driveways in. the medical office building garage is either from geary, you can see that northbound arrow. there will be access into the garage from cedar street. access out will be only on to geary street. there is no emergency egress at all on to geary street. cedar street will be converted from one-way operation to two-way operation. the cars that are exitting will have the ability to go right towards polk or have a new opportunity to go left and make a right turn. it gives them two exit points. there is a passenger pick up and drop off area right at the
front door. there is also, in case that area fills up, additional loading within the garage. if that gets filled up it will be attendant for further cars to go into the garage. that is the medical office building. this diagram shows the truck routes. the majority of trucks serve pentagon the construction will be coming from the south, heading north if they are servicing the hospital site they will make a left on to gear and he travel clock wise around the hospital site and proceed south once they are finished.
trucks would head north, make a right on to cedar and proceed in a clock wise direction and come back on geary and make a left when they are exitting. that is the temporary truck construction routing for the project. this graphic shows the temporary lane closures that will be required. the orange and the orange hash represents -- the orange is where a parking lane will be closed to have truck staging areas. the parking lane will be closed. whenever the sidewalk is closed there will be a temporary sidewalk facility constructed in that parking lane. wooden structure so that pedestrians will have full access. the westbound transit only lane will have to be temporarily
closed during construction. buses will have to use the mixed flow traffic lanes. on franklin as well there is a parking lane that is a tow away lane for an additional traffic lane in rush hour. there will be reduced capacity during construction. once construction is done all the lane guess back to their current configuration. the parking will be permanently removed. besides that, it is pretty much back to the existing condition once the construction is done. lastly we talked about sidewalk closeures. in purple around both sides when necessary when a sidewalk needs to be closed there will be a wooden structure to walk with the parking lane. you can see that it has been discussed the pedestrian tunnel
. the construction of that will take about five months. it will be a cut and cover tunnel. 2 of the 6 travel lanes will be closed at a time, only in the evening after :00 p.m., i believe before 5:00 a.m. is when the construction of that will occur. and also during that time one of the two sidewalks sidewalks will be closed. that is the only instance when construction could require closing a sidewalk but always at least 1 of the 2 would be open. and when they are not working on the tunnel both sidewalks will be open. that is are the presentation about the traffic. >> thank you very much. >> i want to wrap up by showing this last slide. in this project we introduced
new concepts on improving transportations in these corridors. this is the funding plan that they are committing to the m.t.a., providing $5 million for the b.r.t. projects and then secondly, which is a new concept, they will be providing a 50% off peak and 75% peak charge for every car that interests and captains the garage this . is a new concept we are trying to implement. these parking spaces are a little over a thousand. we felt it was a good structure to mitigate some of the automobile use on that corridor. they are providing $10.4 million for transit delay which we will use for other capital improvements and 400,000 for bicycle studies.
roberto probably clarified this but in the documents we had not indicated that the parking charge would apply to all compensated parking. physicians getting free parking will be paid for. so there is a change that says in the agreement that the >> thank you very much. members of the board. that concludes the presentation. anyone care to address the board from the public? come forward, please. ok. >> we just completed litigation in sonoma county over a new
sutter hospital to be built on the fringes of santa rosa. the issue there is that it was a transit unfriendly location. and as a result of the litigation sonoma county is requiring the hospital to provide a free shut toll the smart station, which is commutor rail and free bus and train passes to employees. when i looked at the list of elements of the development agreement relative to transit the issue of transit passes jumps out for employees. it strikes me that the city's employer transit benefit ordinance is relevant here. it struck me that one could ask
for more. thank you very much. >> thank you, sir. >> two items on this. i had not been following the project very closely. i only learned about the tunnel as part of the presentation today. i oppose this tunnel. i think that it would make sewer and storm water management more difficult. in addition, as i understand this proposed agreement overall it would not contain or reduce the city's employee health care cost, which is a major driver of m.t.a. operating cost deficits. so if these two issues are not properly addressed i believe the board should withhold its consent to the agreement. i would encourage you to ask about the health care costs as it relates to m.t.a. going
forward. thank you. >> public comment is over. members of the board, what is your pleasure? >> could we hear the amendment? >> it has to do with your resolution having to do with the traffic and parking modifications. item b with regard to establishing sidewalk widening. there is a proposal to widen on says ar chavez and the valencia street widening needs to be deleted because it has to still go through a public outreach and hearing process. so the amendment to the board's resolution would be to delete reference to widening the sidewalk on valencia to 19 feet . >> does that need to be a separate action by the board?
>> i'm sorry. just one more question. i think you mentioned that there would be a change to the -- >> sorry. i should have been clearer. it is not a resolution. it is the change in the d.a., the development agreement. i am just informing you that the d.a. will be changed to incorporate that amendment. >> that means people will get free parking? >> it was originally written that if you are a physician or delivery person you would not be subject to the fee but now the amendment would make them subject to the fee. >> everyone parking would be subject to the fee. >> everyone. >> that is interesting. we pretty much charge everybody for parking now. we discussed having free parking at work is one of the
highest indicators as to whether you will drive to work. i think that it is nice that we are being consistent. motion to approve. >> ok. is there a second? >> second. >> any further discussion? if not all those in favor say aye. >> item number 11. realming the board of supervisors approve amendments to san francisco transportation code, division 1, article 7, to eliminate restrictions on rear exit boarding of municipal railway transit vehicles. we have a member from the public. >> board members, my
organization has been involved in encouraging muni to improve its effectiveness for the last 10 years. we -- a settlement with us resulted in the promulgation of transit supportive streets program, which we are eager to see move forward under t.e.p. i want to congratulate you today for taking this action. it's something that we have fought for a long time as the single most important thing muni can do to increase its effectiveness. so we are very pleased to see this. i believe this action will be noted in the future as the single most significant thing that your board has done. so congratulations on that. i just encourage you to have your inspectors keep an eye on
how transit times are working. if this does decrease dwell times as much as we expect and speed up the trips, it will require rescheduling. and i want to call attention to that issue and i look forward to seeing that happen and getting a lot more productivity out of your existing plant. thank you. >> that's the last person to speak. >> is there a motion on this item? one more? >> i believe i am in support of the cost savings which will be reported to you regularly as we analyze the impact of that policy change. it appears that staff has an appropriate plan to educate employees and members of the public on the policy changes and what they mean. i call your attention to the
back of the paper transfer that still refers to traffic code sections 127, 128 and 130. i hope the next time transfers are ordered the references to the transportation code be included since the traffic code is now obsolete and i hope any other fair media be reviewed carefully so all of the appropriate regulations are referenced. >> i assume that would be done when we reorder all those things? >> absolutely. >> that would probably be a while? >> i would like if i may, first of all, i had assumed through previous discussion, if not action, that the board was supporting, if not directing that the move towards all-door boarding, i think i had assured director ram oost it would happen in the first half of the calendar year.
he was hoping more for january. what is actually before you today, there is a little bit of legislative change that's necessary. so while we had already assumed your approval of the concept this is approving recommendations that required the board of supervisors approval to make it not illegal to enter through the back door, small issue. there has been a lot of work going to develop to get us ready for july 1 implementation. we do have a brief update for you if you are so interesting. it has less to do with the specific action here, but more a general update. it can be whatever length you would like. >> how about succinct. >> i would like to ask jason lee to get this up and running and to run quickly through an update of where we are at this time.
>> so as you know, we are on track right now to become the first major system in the united states to have all-door boarding on its system. i will give you a brief update of how we are doing towards implementation. first, as you know, there is a need for all-door boarding given we have the highest bus boarding rates of any system in the country. we are pushing 70 people an hour going through our bus system. it's paramount that we are able to expedite boarding. and all-door boarding which has been the current unofficially for many years now is part of that solution. so some of the benefits include accelerating the boarding process, faster travel times, which can translate into resource savings, more reliable
service and when we talk about the vehicle savings, those vehicles that we're able to save through faster service can be reinvested in the rest of the system to reduce overcrowding and improve efficiency. we are in the process of hiring 10 new transit inspectors. this was approved by you with the budget. we have estimated approximately $900,000 in increased salaries and benefits which conservatively will get $200,000 back through citation revenues. the transit fare inspectors have other important functions. that really is not their primary objective. as we saw earlier today, they enhance customer service and safety by providing a uniformed presence on the system and help improve fare compliance.
and the two-year budget includes $4 million in increased transit fares through increased fare compliance. in terms of the hiring process, we are set for to get those fare inspectors ready by july. in addition, we are working on preparing our vehicles for this, for all-door boarding. so we are ensuring that operators can open the back doors of all of our buses and historic street cars. there is one exception with the milan street cars. they do not open right now. we are making sure that the vehicles have card interface devices, clipper readers installed near the back doors. there is one exception, the milan street, the very rear doors and the antique cars, they
will be able to transact clipper cards. the existing stop signs which you can see are going to be removed. and new decals will be installed before july 1. operator training, we are going to go through an operator training program to make sure they are aware how to safely handle customers with the anticipated increase of volumes going through the back door and also clarifying the transfer policy and when it's appropriate and not appropriate to issue transfers. legislative changes, that's the calendar item before you, assuming that you approve that, this will be forwarded to the board of supervisors for their approval by july as well.
customer outreach and communication, we have an outreach plan that will include social media outreach through twitter, facebook and youtube. in addition, we will have customer engagement to ensure that people are familiar with our decalls and we are going to be working with our accessible services unit that people who need assistance can board and disembark all doors of the vehicle safely. we are also going to extend messaging to print media with multi lingual ads and in spanish and chinese newspapers. this shows the proposed decals and this would be language neutral and as people are entering through the rear doors will be able to tell what is
acceptable and what is not acceptable in terms of what -- when they can enter through the back door. they show if you tagged your clipper card or a valid muni pass, that is ok. if you pay cash, you have to go through the front. the next slide shows the proposed locations on th back door buses adjacent to the back doors. as you are entering you can see the decals clearly. for the historic street cars, we are proposing to put that on the windows of the cars. the reason being, we don't want to interfere with any of the historic nature of the car. so we are proposing to place it on the windows there. you can see it in the photo. we have also been developing car cards. these car cards would be placed on the interior of buses and historic street cars and give more information to customers
about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to go through. you can see the major types of their media that would be valid if you go through the back door. and these would not only be in english but also chinese and spanish. media outreach, we are planning several major events, including when this legislation -- the legislation that is before you today -- if it's signed by the mayor during the last week of may, that there would be some media outreach at that point as well as right before the launch of all-door boarding in late june and then finally in early july once we implement all-door boarding. an important component of this also is to determine what happens before and after all-door boarding. a lot of people in the