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please be mindful of the comments that director heinicke has commencingeded and mentioned and it's clear that there are short comings that are happening. it's reflective in the performance of the system and the delays that happen and unfortunately worse worst-case scenarios. so please think about alternatives and ways to improve the service as a whole. i appreciate the comments made by people about the tweaks in alterations in routes and that is the kind of constructive input that staff could benefit
from. please recognize that we didn't get here you know, from anybody's particular choice or what has happened, but everything evolves. if you have got an iphone, you are constantly getting updates and using windows -- if you are using a computer, updates, things have to constantly change to keep pace with progress. so it's important that we'll re-evaluate the transportation system and the best possible outcomes we can get is when they are informed by people like you, who are experienced and are taking transit on a regular basis. we need to make sure that we have all of the perspectives in consideration. i really want to suggest that staff do a good job of conveying the information. i really liked what director heinicke said, understanding why this is happening. when you are conveying information, make sure that people do understand the situation that we are in, and why it's happening.
you said early on in your presentation, that transportation is the key, the life blood of our city and a lot of different people feel that about whatever they do. you ask the small businesses and they are the life blood of the city and the tourism will say -- i think what is important about transportation in particular, even if you are not a transit rider, you are still impacted by the transportation system. everybody what that is in a car has more parking spaces available to them when people take transit. i think it's important that people understand that this transportation system itself is supposed to serve everyone, not just the transit riders themselves. so thank you very much for all of your great work and looking forward to the ongoing conversation and continuing to hear back from the public as we move forward. one last thing -- the maps themselves i noticed the 35 map on the tep site shows the route
itself as it navigates and then the 3 jackson shows the overlapping routes. those are two different maps, it seems like. if you could have a little bit of consistency with respect to showing the different routes that are nearby, i think it would be really helpful for people neuter in the future and for people like me of what we're expecting future riders to do to get around. >> thank you, director lee. >> thank you, mr. kennedy for your presentation and thank you to the members of the public for coming out. there is a major disconnect and how come we're hering about this now, but i'm satisfied with director reiskin's explanation now and i will be curious how to rolls out as we hold more public outreach
meetings and the outcomes. thank you all for coming out. >> anything at the end, director reiskin? >> i would add it's great to hear so many people coming out and talking about how much they like their muni service and want to keep it. i think that is a good problem for us all to have. i very much like, as i think somebody made reference to people saying that they wanted to work with us and partner on outreach and partner on finding solutions, all of great opportunities for the tep and other things that we're doing with muni to achieve those goals of better muni service. >> thank you. thank you, again, mr. kennedy and look forward to working with you as the process goes forward. with that, we'll take a >> item 12, approving the
conceptual traffic-coaxing project for the dewey boulevard. >> we have a brief overview, and there is a well-written staff report explaining what we are proposing and we have gotten a lot of written feedback on this. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon. thank you, director reiskin and directors. my name is nick carr and i'm the project manager for the dewey boulevard area traffic-calming project, a project looking at the local streets and forest hill and upper golden gate heights neighborhoods. i'm going to put up the map of proposed traffic-calming
changes, developed through this project and quickly go through the community process that was involved. we're here today seeking approval of a conceptual plan for this neighborhood for traffic-calming. if approved many of the traffic-calming measures within this plan will still come back for an additional layer of legislation or detailed design work with stakeholders, who may have concerns. for instance, some of more significant measures will go to detailed design with direct input from the fire department and other stakeholders on the transportation advisory safety committee. i would like to talk a little bit about how this project was conceived. this was a community-requested project. we looked at a compilation of traffic-calming requests from residents in the neighborhood.
in advance of the total and during the planning process for this, we received 15 resident requests for traffic-calming within the project area. so something that residents definitely see as a priority in their neighborhood. three public meetings, general public meetings were held for the project in the fall of 2011. and then again in the fall of 2013, as a follow-up, after the development of the proposal. the project area encompasss about 1600 households, whether they by apartments or stand alone houses. our mailing list included three notices to those 1600 residences. from the resident population, we recruited a ten-member work group to develop this traffic
calming plan, four from the forest hills association and four other members represented the up upper golden gate neighborhood eastern annex of forest hill neighborhood. some of those members are here today to speak in favor of the project. stakeholder involvement in the project was fairly wide. we have been working with supervisor norman yee's office since the germination of the project and worked consistently with the home associations neighborhood and golden gate association and west portal association, west portal school and herbert hoover school along with the supervisor's office. in general community feedback has been very positive to this proposal. not unanimously so, obviously. it's a very large project area, but we have received much
positive feedback and i know you have seen many letters coming to you and in total i have counted 17 letters of support, including the endorsement of the forest hills homeowners' association. as i mentioned before, prior to and during this process, we received 15 resident requests for traffic-calming. some of those that were concurrent with our planning process we were able to fold right into the planning process and address their concerns on the run, so to speak. i have received five letters or emails in opposition to this project. several are in opposition to traffic calming in general, stating that we just need to fix the arterials, leave the arterials alone and remove bike lanes and things of that nature, recent changes to laguna honda boulevard and if
we did those thing we wouldn't need to do this project. be that it's may, this project is here and heavily requested by the neighborhood and heavily vetted through the neighborhood and the ten-member work group that sat with me and our staff this summer to develop this proposal. definitely stands behind it. i have on the reader, if you would like to bring that up, a map of -- >> i think we have that. >> you have that in your packet. okay. then i won't need to bring that up. you can see it's very area-wide in nature. it addresses historical concerns of speeding and cut through, that stretch from portola as a way to forego
using the arterials in the neighborhood. woodside, laguna hond, 7th avenue, even dewey boulevard itself, they see an alarming traffic volume in certain instances, when it be a pm rush commute or something like that. so i would just close by saying that i know there is opposition to this. i have talked to a number of people who have opposed it; as i said, i got five written emails or letters in opposition. but the community process for this project has been quite robust and i think that you will find the community's support for this project is also quite robust. >> thank you, mr. carr, we appreciate your presentation. miss boomer, do we have members of public that wish to speak . yes, we do.
[ reading speakers' names ] >> good afternoon. >> my name is reuben vector and i was on the working group with mr. carr and i live just on the 9th avenue part outside of forest hills, part of the cut through route that he was speaking of. it's also next to a little playground and tennis court called j.p. murphy. as he was mentioning there is congestion there and that has resulted in a mass -- hasn't really changed over the 15 years that i have been living there. i have always been trying to get something done there to calm the traffic. and so the accidents -- i have pictures over the years of various accidents, cars smashed up. generally it's cars -- one a few months ago a car trying to get out of a parking place
after playing tennis and a person didn't stopped and smashs into a car in a parking space. so there is alarming speeding and it's just a really dangerous situation that would result not only car crashes, but eventually the children and strollers and things crossing the street that is also congested for parking and how people get to the playground and what not? so it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt and/or killed. the thing i wanted to say about this project to my dismay at the beginning, nick clarified this wasn't a traffic-diversion project, but a traffic-calming project. i would love that the traffic is diverted from the neighborhood, but it's not, it's to force the people to follow the rules and drive 25 instead of 35 40 45 miles per hour, which we saw on our speed
checks. so the traffic can still go through. they are not being detered from going through, but they have to follow the rules. so i really hope that you consider doing this and thank you very much. >> thank you, appreciate your participation in the committee. next speaker, please. [ reading speakers' names ] [ inaudible ] >> come forward, please. good afternoon, sir. >> thank you. my name is dan mckew and i'm a resident of the area that this particular matter concerns. i have live d there for 20 years with my family. you kind of thing you go into a
neighborhood there. pachenko street, the way people get from southeast san francisco to the golden gate bridge. so what looks like a lazy street in the morning, in the afternoon becomes a circus. one afternoon i was driving home and parked in front of my house and a car came up behind me and stopped. a guy came out of the car and banged on my window. i talked to him and he says, don't park here. now mind you this is in front of my house -- don't park here, go down the street and there is a parking place down the street that it's easier that i can get by. so the first time that i was ever kicked out of parking in
front of my house. but it just shows what goes on that street. i got so griped i joined the homeowner's association and got on the board and decided that i would take on infrastructure. that is when i found out that mr. nick carr existed and had this program that he was doing to try and stop this traffic. and so we are and have been, since i have been on the board, which has now been three years working with nick to get something done and we have got a plan. thank you, please consider it. >> thank you. next speaker, please. dennis hyde, followed by amy quirk, who is our last speaker. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon, mr. chair, madame vice-chair and members of the board, director reiskin. i hope you had a chance of the letter i wrote that was dated
november 18, 2013. there is a lot of technical detail that i can't possibly address in the gong time here. but i want to say one thing, the proposed speed humps are on 8th and 9th avenue, at least the ones that affect me and that is not forest hill and that is not golden gate heights. if they have problems with speed in their neighborhood, then i don't know why they are putting the speed humps in my neighborhood. going beyond that, my basic concern here is that in this nice pdf that they gave you, they talked about considering alternatives, but the one thing that they specifically carved out of any alternatives was addressing what everybody is telling you is the problem, which is the bottlenecks that i maintain are created by deliberate policy of your staff on those arterials. they had an ability to
facilitate traffic flow, and they choose, i think, deliberately to restrict it and create artificial bottlenecks so that everything is stacking up. and speed humps will never address diverting traffic. that is not going to happen. this project will never reach the fundamental issue here. so all i can urge you to do is ask your staff to take a look at dealing with the arterials, because that is the issue here. if the people in forest hills think that people should drive too fast in their neighborhoods, then don't put the speed humps in my neighborhood. if pachenko is a problem, do it there. your traffic survey data might call for speed bumps is where the first speaker who lives on
9th avenue, jp murphy, that is the only place that i can see that. >> thank you, next speaker. >> good afternoon. >> my name is amy quirk and i lived within the forest hill area, in the outskirts for a total of 30 years and for the past 14 years i have lived in the forest hill butterfly, which is a confluence of many streets, where there is a lot of speeding and stop-sign running. i hope you have available to you the letter from dr. dan kelly. it's a wonderful letter explaining the depth and the breadth of community involvement, specifically forest hill association and forest hill community involvement in this plan. i did read an unfortunate comment about our group being rogue and it was just unfortunate. please read that letter and you will understand how much
outreach there was to the community. i want to speak about something else. i actually attended the community meeting as a member of this traffic advisory group that helped nick carr do his commendable job. that meeting was in the west portal public school auditorium and was well-attended. i wanted you to know that people broke out in applause for this plan. people in our area have a problem and we need to find a solution to this speeding and we're so relieved that something like this, that you reached out to us, to try and work out a plan. we want this plan. we want a solution. and we urge you to adopt the plan. thank you. >> thank you and thank you for your service on the committee. anyone else caring to address the board on this matter? if not, members of the board, what is your pleasure? >> mr. chairman, can i deal with something personal? i did raise this with the city attorney and because i live --
my wife and i own a home in the affected area, it's been suggested that perhaps i recuse myself from this decision. i understand it requires a motion. >> we need a motion to recuse. director heinicke. >> motion to recuse. >> second. >> all those in favor, say aye? >> aye. >> you are recused. >> members? >> just a couple of questions for mr. carr. thank you. i think it looks like we're setting a new standard for community outreach and this time we have loads of compliments for you and last time we had loads of compliments for jay robinson and thank to the community members who served on the board. that is wonderful. one clarifying question. it's just the speeding humps that will be voted on by the community and that will be voted by the street that the speed hump is on? >> correct.
our guidelines and our policy is that concurrent with city approval, the final approval step for any speed hump is a straight democratic vote of the housing units on that block. so an apartment building with 16 unit, each of those 16 units gets one vote. a single-family home is one unit and they get one vote. so yes, the final approval of the speed humps and i believe there are 20 -- either 27 or 29. that particular digit slips my head, but that all of those will be voted on by the residents of the targeted block. so that is our standard traffic-calming guideline that is the case wherever we propose a speed hump on any street in the city. >> good. i'm sorry, one more clarifying
question. the first speaker mentioned that this project is not an attempt to divert traffic so much as it is just to calm the traffic and help us reach our safety goals and our goals of making bicycling and walking easier in the areas. and you would agree with that? you don't think this is actually going to divert traffic out of the areas, but simply making the traffic calmer and more safe? >> if the traffic-calming proposal is implemented, i believe it will go a long way to bringing vehicle speeds back into safe speed limit ranges. the proposal is not specifically designed to divert traffic back to the arterials, but if, in fact, does that, that is a desirable outcome. in any of these area-wide projects and this is actually the last of its kind, with the
reformation of our traffic-calming project, but with any of these area-wide traffic-calming projects we do speed and volume collection prior to the project and we do after speed and volume collection as well to see if the impacts of what we have done actually are. and if we have any inkling that we're going to move the problem to another local street, rather than say, return folks who are cutting through a neighborhood back to the arterial that they should be using or that the transportation system has designed for them to use, we would look at how to address that diversion to another local street? but as i said, if it is a diversion back to the arterial, that folks are supposed to be driving on, that is a consequence that we are actually happy about. >> and the reason why we don't want to simply speed up the arterials and have them carry
more volume or have a greater capacity goes back to the same safety reasons that we're bringing up in this project, i would assume? >> well, the same safety reasons and access, you know? we're look at a point where we're trying to balance our transportation system for the future, provide for alternate modes of transportation, that will allow us to continue to have a healthy transportation system into the future. specifically in this neighborhood, our arterials have had some work done on them over the past several decades. dewey boulevard was once four lanes, two lanes in each direction. there are people who suggested that that was the answer to this problem rather than this project. excuse me, laguna honda and 7th avenue as part of a build-out
of the bike route network were modified to include bike lanes recently. that is again a balancing of our transportation system. it is not a specific effort to limit the arterial, but rather to provide balanced access to that arterial, which also happens to be the lowest elevation route across that portion of the city. so that we can continue to thrive in the city, continue to move around, and that folks in lesser used modes are not penalized or prevented from using those modes by our transportation system. >> good. thank you. no more questions. i am happy to move the project. >> i have some questions. thank you for the report and the presentation. i know in the staff report it breaks out speed cushions and speed humps and you explained what that is, which is very
helpful. just to clarify or confirm, that is also subject to the resident vote, speed cushions? >> yes, speed cushions are treated from a block perspective like a speed hump. >> okay. and just i want to compliment you on your community work with this project. this is really great. i know that speed humps and speed cushions are a sensitive issue for the disability community. so i just want to encourage you as you move forward and as residents vote and as this moves forward and speed humps are contemplated to work with the accessibility task force and the mayor's office. >> thank you. motion and second, any further discussion? all those in favor, signify by saying aye? >> opposed -- no, the ayes have it. next item, madame clerk. >> item 13 awarding contract no, 1266-133rd street light rail program phase 2 central
subway train control system to thales transport and security for procurement and provision of proprietary equipment for an advanced train control system for a total amount not to exceed $3,350,424 and a term not to exceed 1000 calendar days and awarding contractor no. 1266-2 3rd street light rail program phase 2 central subway train control system to thales transport and security for proprietary software and systems integration assistance system, et cetera. directors you have no members of the public to address you on this matter. >> we have a well-written staff report. in that case, is there a motion? >> move to approve. >> second. >> any further discussion? all those in favor, signify by saying aye? >> aye. >> ayes have. it thank you, mr. fong, great presentation. [ laughter ] >> okay >> item 14, presentation and
discussion regarding the central south of market land use and transportation network. >> we have staff here from the mta and from the planning department to give you an update on the many things happening in south of market. >> good afternoon. >> good afternoon, president nolan and director. i'm going to introduce to you steve werheim, the project manager and the acting director for planning. >> could you use that microphone, please. >> sorry. deputy for strategic planning and i'm going to introduce steve werheim and also acknowledge josh, who is the acting countywide planning department for the city planning department and also mary hunter on my team who has been incredible at corraling
all members together. the concurrent studies that we worked on through the last few years, the trips project looked at the entire neighborhood area and an outcome was to focus on improving multi-modal transportation access through this area. one of the products that have come out of it recently has been this -- what was called the central corridor project now recently renamed central soma project. it's been a great example of mta and planning and others working together to figure out a very complex grid that is radically changing with all the development, all the new jobs that are coming in and the transportation system is playing catch-up, frankly n in that area. with that framing i will introduce steve and have