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shuttle. >> good afternoon, directors, rachel hida, principal transportation planner. this is to give you an update on this grant program, but specifically the portion of the grant program that supports this autonomous shuttle pilot. so the acronym is advanced technologies deployment program, a federal program intended to support the testing of advanced transportation technologies. the main reason we went after this grant and were awarded, was the toll system. we had an opportunity to do some other innovative things here. they were looking for pilots of cutting-edge transportation technologies, so we proposed the testing or the pilot deployment
of an autonomous shuttle on island. so a small portion of the grant is going towards that purpose. the main part of the grant, as i said, is for the installation of and testing of the locations on yerba buena island. so you are familiar with the vision for an on-island, circulating shuttle, as the development is built out. so up to three shuttles are envisioned and have been in the adopted transportation plan to provide a first-last mile connection between intermodal transit hub, where the ferry will terminate and muni will stop there and the neighborhoods. what we are proposing to do is over the next four years, so it's before there's a lot of build-out on the island is to test an autonomous version of this technology.
and there's a few reasons why it's useful to do this. the city of san francisco just in general is initiating the development of an autonomous vehicle policy to help guide when the city, you know, deploys or tests autonomous technology, for what purposes, what policies should be in place to, you know, guide the city's involvement or use of this technology. the city has recently adopted and sfcta board has adopted principles for emerging mobility services and technologies such as autonomous vehicle technologies. so this is a chance to put the policies into practice with a publicly sponsored program. in the long run, some of the things that we would be looking for through this pilot would be the -- just the capability of this technology to provide a
service level, the technology capabilities, but also the public feedback. so it's not just a technology demonstration, but also an opportunity for yourselves, the public, folks like the job core, one treasure island and people who are interested in incorporating technologies into their programs to inter act with these vehicles, learn about the technology, and identify ways that these emerging technologies can help support broader goals beyond just transportation. so we'd love to keep working with you to identify those opportunities for learning and education and development that are beyond just the transportation component. the schedule, as i said, is over a four-year period.
that's dictated by the grant availability. we need it conduct that within four years. the way it will unfold, initially, we need to do some concept design. and identify what we'll measure in this pilot and how we're going to measure that and understand what we're learning. we also need to develop a plan of involvement for stake holders. so those are the things that we'll be working on over the next six months. for the design of the service concept, where should the shuttle go? what kind of service should we try to test? what are we looking for from the technology? those kind of questions we're looking for some advising support from folks in the industry with are experts in autonomous technology to advise us on putting together a test plan. we need to put in place things
like what the california d.m.v. requires, like a law enforcement engagement plan. we need a safety plan. safety and ensuring the safety while we do the pilot is of utmost importance. we will bring those things back to you as we develop the interim milestones. ultimately, we would envision the funding we will have with reports, say, 6 months to a year of pilot deployment. so it's not funding that will continue permanently into the future. we'll need to evaluate the pilot after that point and then make a decision about what to do next. so the very next steps are to get that professional services advising on board for us. it will be grant-funded. and these professionals will help us put together the test
plan, the data requirements, the safety plan, those kinds of things. there's also an opportunity along with this to look at how advanced transportation technologies can help integrate together all of the different modes of trance important nation that will serve treasure island, making people's experience from travel planning to way-finding and navigation to paying and to even getting rewarded for your sustainable transportation choices more seamless. and so that's an opportunity. we've heard at least from the timma board some interest in. is there a way to reduce the friction between public and private modes. between autonomous and conventional? so we'll look to identify
opportunities there. very next steps over the next six months are to develop a plan for involving stake holders in this pilot. start on the conceptual design of the service. where would it go? how will we adjust the service through the construction, will be one of the big challenges. and what are the opportunities to pair this deployment with other island goals that may be beyond transportation? look forward to your feedback and thank you very much. >> president tsen: wonderful, rachel, for this report and we look forward to future reports from you as this develops. and i would actually like to recognize the fact that timma did go after the grant to do this. that you took the initiative to
go after the grant and was successful in getting the grant to do some of this. transportation is one of those areas that is having incredible change in our world. and who knows what the future will be. i think that treasure island can be a place for a laboratory in some ways to try out many of the concepts. who even five years ago would have thought autonomous vehicles or even the ride-sharing that we have today. so the landscape of what transit is and what it can be for this neighborhood that we're creating at treasure island is going to be changing. and i'm so glad that we're actually at the forefront thinking about these issues, to see how best we can fit these new transit systems for treasure island. and so we really look forward to your thinking about it and for you to come back to us, you know, with some of those ideas and thoughts, as we implement.
i would just also make note that -- and i'm sure that you're doing this in your design of research, that we don't have an existing population. it's a population that will grow over time. and so i'm sure that you will factor that in. some of it is taking assumptions of what the population will be or what the uses will be, but i hope that you will work together very closely with both ticb and with the staff in those projections. and then, of course, to integrate the comments that will come from existing residents of treasure island. it is always really important to us. >> yes. >> president tsen: thank you. i will open it up to the board.
>> commissioner richardson: thank you. you always give a great presentation. i'm going to challenge you. here we are, a golden opportunity. the board that supervises your agency or the board of supervisors. treasure island, as the commissioner says, is becoming the laboratory of all the innovative transportation and technologies and everything. we're doing it here. but we have an opportunity to show our leadership to the rest of the country and we do not take advantage of that. this beautiful presentation that you gave here, yes, for people that are watching, but it really belongs out there. so hope fulfully have cibd. when we have the opportunities and signatures to present what we're doing here, needs to come
out of the box and make sure that we're presenting treasure island -- a lot of people can learn about what we're doing here. the fact that you went out and competed with different agencies across the country and got this grant is significant. what we learned from here and doing here and all the other subsequent opportunities we bring to treasure island so we can be rolling out, it will benefit the region, the state, the country, and the world. so that's just basically -- i want to challenge everybody. it's high time that we'll hopefully in a couple of months and in the coming year that we can begin to promote treasure island. for the rest of the city and the country, it's bits and bits and that's not enough. keep up the good work. >> president tsen: thank you, linda. sharon? >> commissioner lai: thank you. thanks so much for the presentation. this is super exciting.
i've been waiting to hear an update. this is great. i had a question about how the grant would be released on timma. is it per milestones or did they give you the entire pot up front? >> a couple of things to know about the grant. one thing is that the lead contractor or the lead recipient is sfmta, because this is part of a larger grant application that we submitted together. so sfmta submitted it. they have some projects that are on mainland san francisco and then there's a portion for timma. we have an agreement with sfmta, which has an agreement with the federal government. and then we have a schedule of performance in our agreement and we will need to -- so sfmta will reimburse us for work. but we need to report to them on a quarterly basis on progress,
on, you know, deliverables against the time frame that's in our grant agreement. and we would be reimbursed for work that we submit, our expeditures that we submit through m.t.a. >> commissioner lai: that makes sense. i'm wondering how the deliverable schedule was created. why four years or -- is that right? no. six years. >> so the overall time frame of the four-year period of performances, that's the maximum. one thing that's a big unknown in the schedule and a reason why we've put buffers on the time frame is because whoever provides this autonomous shuttle, the operator, vehicle manufacturer, needs to have all of their permits in place, not
just with the federal government, but also with the state of california. and if the city has any permitting requirements, which they're looking unto right now, we would need to also get those in place. right now, the state of california does have a permit process that they've adopted for autonomous vehicle pilots. but they're a pilot program that they put out earlier in the year for operations on public roads. they haven't reported. they're accepting applications, but they haven't reported that they've given it to anyone yet. we expect that we will need to go through a process with the d.m.v. with whomever the vehicle vendor is to either get the permit if they haven't got it
already or complete that process. >> president tsen: thank you. mark? >> commissioner dunlo >> commissioner dunlop: currently there's not a vehicle or any sort of determined the routes or anything like that. to let the people that live on the island know if they need to be dodging or whatever. >> so you are suggesting that we do a trial? >> commissioner dunlop: yes. >> that's a great idea. >> commissioner dunlop: so you haven't gotten that far yet? >> we just haven't gotten there. the steps we take are to identify what we'll be measuring and what requirements we'll put on to the vehicle provider.
and then because it's grant-funded, we'll need to go through a competitive process to identify the vehicle operator and as part of that, we could actually do some kind of site test potentially as part of a bidding process or a request for information process. that's something we can think about. and certainly once we identify the vehicle manufacturer and operator we'll be working with, we will need to go through a series of steps to test the vehicle in small ways before it's just out there. so it's a very good point. >> commissioner dunlop: this is intended as free shuttle for residents? >> yes, free. >> commissioner dunlop: there's a lot of concern, people that live on the island right now, that the newer apartments and
residences will only be allowed one car. and some people have like three cars, maybe four. so i think this is something that helped to ease their mind, that some of the people are totally freaking out about, oh, my god, i need my four cars. if people are going to give up a car, they want to have something in return and this is part of it. >> okay. thank you. >> commissioner dunlop: thanks. >> president tsen: are there any comments from the public? okay. hearing none, next item, please. >> clerk: item 9, timma update,
ferry service planning. >> while frank brings up his presentation, again, wanted to give you an update on the ferry service planning and work that timma has been evaluating to potentially start ferry service earlier than we had previously planned and discussed. so frank will be giving an update. also next week at the i.t.c., we'll have a follow-up to this topic where we start talking about the implications of the service plans for transit pass and towing policies. so that will be on the agenda nchlt we-- next week. >> i'm frank ferger, timma project consult team. i will give you an overview of
our planning activities to move forward with ferry operations, hopefully by the launch of the timma program, which is now scheduled for 2021. our focus right now is on the financial analysis of water is advice level will be financially feasible in the early years. we know that ferry service is sustainable in the out are years at full build-out, but we can we implement in the first years. what we'll be able to afford is smaller vessels initially and peak period service. the smaller vessels, probably 100-passenger vessel as opposed to the standard 400-passenger vessel we have out there. and probably with a private
operator. as the development continues on and we have a larger population out there, we'll move to a full weekend and weekday service. and then we'll move to larger vessels. we're looking at a 100-passenger vessel for the initial service, probably at least for the first three, maybe five years. we believe the demand can -- 0 100-passenger vessel can support the demand for the first few years. the smaller vessels have quicker loading and unloading. they're a little bit faster traversing treasure island to san francisco. and they're a little bit more
nimble. so it makes for quicker headways back and forth. so planned services, what i'm showing here on the top, is the ultimate planned services. our goal is to have weekend and weekday services. it would be 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekends. initially, it will be peak period only and only weekdays and that would be 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the other option we're looking at, we've been talking to some water taxi providers and that would be on-demand, similar to uber or uber pool, where as long as we can arrange dock space for them on the san francisco side and timma side, we can have an on-demand dial-up.
it may be a direct from san francisco to treasure island it. could be a full service, where they're coming from oakland and pick up somebody. we're on the initial stages of that. but that's something we're looking into. the other thing that we'll continue with timma, ticd and tida, is the procurement plan. we believe that initially we'll go with a lease option. it's lower up-front costs, lower capital expeditures, and doesn't lock us into any particular boat for the early years. we want to get what we think is a right-sized boat, probably 100-passenger boat and operate that for the first few years. we'll see how the demand goes and re-evaluate potentially purchasing a vessel later on. the initial service will likely
be through a lease process. as i said, timma, ticd and tida will be working on this procurement plan and we'd like it have something in place probably by early 2019. it takes approximately 12 to 15 months to build a ferry vessel, even the small ones. even if we go with a lease option, there are not a lot of vessels available right now for someone to contract. it's likely that vendor will have to perfect a vessel. and with a 12- to 15-month lead time and shortage of availability of shipyards that have capacity to build, it may take 6 months, 8 months, to get
in and get the building started. want to give ourselves two years lead time for procurement, which means we have to have something in place by 2019 so we can move forward with that procurement and get somebody on board so that by early 2021, we can have the vessel, have it ready, have it tested, and approved by the coast guard for operations. in the later years, we'll work through the procurement and possibly a wida procurement for a larger vessel if we contract with weta. weta has a small vessel study under way. they're acknowledging the fact that the water taxis and small vessels have become very popular and they're looking at how small vessels can supplement the service.
they're looking at potential for smaller vessels to supplement peak period service and in some cases to replace larger vessels on an off-peak period on some routes that don't need the capacity. so they're going to evaluate costs, operational parameters, lease versus purchase options for the small vessels as well. there will be a treasure island-specific element of that study. sfcta is participating in that study and will fund a specific element that will look at costs, operational analysis, purchase versus lease options, specific to treasure island. so we anticipate that the study will be complete by november/december and we'll be happy to come back with the results of that study to the board later in the year or early
next year once the weta board has looked at that. we'll work on a timma-weta m.o.u. that will identify partnerships to partner on grant funding and arm 3 funds for capital or other grant funds, state or federal, that may be available to purchase in the future. we're working on the procurement plan. we hope to have that in place in the next two to three months and initiate that procurement in early 2019. we're exploring the funding options available. there's arm 3 that is available right now through weta for both operations and capital, so we're
talking to them about that and looking at other grant funds. other items not ferry-related that will be coming forward to the board in the next few meetings will be the transit pass implementation and toll policy. so with that, i'll be happy to answer any questions. >> president tsen: thank you very much. we've been waiting for this report for some time because all of us are very interested in the ferry service and how it will be impleme implemented. it's such an important component because it will give an alternative to the car and getting on to the bay bridge and getting off at the bay bridge. if we have a successful ferry program, it will allow many more people to visit without the use of a car. so i think that the idea of having it earlier is a great idea.
i think i certainly would support that to the extent that you can have service that's earlier that provides for peak and nonpeak hours. i truly believe that treasure island will be a destination once it's built up and even before it's built up. if you look at how many people go to sausalito now and take the ferries over. actually, they bike over or take the ferries over. that system of service is actually overcrowded and overloaded. i think treasure island is also going to be a destination and people will want to come over. they will want to ride bikes. they will want to explore the parks, even the restaurants, the few restaurants that we have on the island now are successful. once we're more developed, there will be money more reasons for people to come to treasure
island. so certainly i'm glad that you're on it. and to the extent that we can assist you in any way as a board with weta or any of the other groups, we're certainly glad to do that. i will open it up for the board for comments. >> commissioner lai: i echo a lot of what president tsen said. this is an amazing opportunity for us to connect the island with the mainland. it will affect the quality of life on the island and how it's perceived from tourists and other folks visiting it. i also really appreciate the group's openness in exploring other options and looking at cost-saving ways to address the transportation need. and i encourage you to continue to look at a broad range of
options, including weta, including private operators moving forward for the long-term operations as well. and that, of course, would include also opportunities, perhaps private bonds, financing, and other companies that might want to enter the market. there are a lot of opportunities out there that can the city could use to leverage the inf infrastructure that we have. having said that, i have a few questions. could you go into a little more detail as to how you went through the financial analysis and how you came up with the determination that we cannot afford more than just small fleets and peak hour operations? >> sure. under the full-service scenario, the ferry is the highest operating cost in the timma
program. it's a balance between the generator of revenue is the tolerates. and trying to keep them at an acceptable level and still providing service to the new residents and to visitors and the service is transit buses, shuttles, and ferry service, along with the other programs. so it's a balance and we've been in discussions with the partners, tida and ticd, to try to strike that balance of an acceptable toll level and still an acceptable ferry operations level. so we have run demand analysis as far as what is projected travel demand would be. what the demand will be for the ferry service in the early years. in the early years, we don't hit 1,000 new residents until about the third year. the first few years, it's very few new residents out there.
and it definitely does not justify a larger boat. we can get by with a 100-passenger. but going beyond just the peak period raises the costs -- it almost doubles the cost and that being such a big driver, to keep the initial tolerates at a reasonable level -- well, i should say an acceptable level to all the interested parties and stake holders the first couple of years being peak period only is what appears to be the most financially feasible. >> commissioner lai: that makes a lot of sense. thank you. you mentioned that you're looking at a range of private operators. can you give us a few examples of who those might be? >> we've talked to prop sf. if you are familiar with them -- if you are not, i can go into a little more detail. >> commissioner lai: i'm not.
>> reporter: prop sf runs a water taxi service. they currently contract with a couple of private companies -- public companies, facebook and genen tech to ferry folks from the campuses across the bay to the east bay. we've used the current services that we have as a model for costs as what we could have on treasure island. we've talked to wind and wing. they're a water taxi operator. they haven't really -- they don't have much of a market in the bay area yet, but what they do have is a very green type of a ferry. it's a wing technology, wind-assist, low-carbon footprint. so we're interested in looking at that also, because we would
like to have a technology out there that is as environmentally friendly as we can have. so we've talked to those. we've talked to weta. weta is interested now in the small vessels. so they've also talked to some other folks. through our discussions with weta, we'll get input from three or four different local operators and come up with what we believe is a realistic cost estimate and with tida and ticd come to an agreement on how best to procure the services and that's lease versus purchase, timeline of what that contract should be, and who would take the lead. ticd has mentioned that while they're not financially responsible for purchasing the ferry service, they have expressed some interest that they might want to manage the
initial service. >> commissioner lai: one last question about the on-demand services. i think it sounds like an interesting area to explore. of course, with ubers and lyfts and on-demand rides, we have some issues on the roads, too, that have been created because of this new, booming in dust richlt and i'm wou -- industry, what kind of processes would we have to conduct? i think there was something that was challenged, related to exploring a new ferry service betwe between sausalito and alcatraz. when the on-demand service be covered in e.i.r. or would we need a new environmental review?
>> the document included ferry service. as far as on-demand, i would have to do some additional investigation into that. and, quite frankly, those are the questions that we hope to get answered out of this small vessel study. there's a lot of traffic in the bay. one option that i believe it's tide line marine was using from sausalito to east bay was crowd sourcing. they would put up a webpage. when their boat capacity, 30 or 50, was reached, they would offer a service. so there was a window of, let's say, 1:00 to 3:00 on a saturday. and then they met that demand level, they would run that service. it's not p.u.c.-controlled or on a set schedule. we need to investigate the conflict issues within the port
area as far as trafficking and controlling the traffic going back and forth. have an agreement with the port on the san francisco side for where they would land. and, of course, on the treasure island side, developing a landing rights agreement with whatever operator we come in. it's a great question and something we need to look into. >> commissioner lai: that would be great. it may impact delivery timeline. thank you for the information. >> sure. >> president tsen: thank you. linda? >> commissioner richardson: thank you. i've been waiting for this presentation. i think this is where we really need to connect with what is going on in the universe. i would strongly suggest that we need to get engaged with the port of san francisco. in the last 24 months, the port of san francisco convened
waterfront-land use working group and i was one of them. i chaired the transportation committee. we just completed and presented to the commission a couple of weeks ago. weta, sfcta, sfmta, all these entities presented. short of building another bay bridge, there is no way to get to treasure island. so treasure island actually is the solution to the congestion on the bay bridge, so the solution to the regional transportation. i have a lot of studies for the last two years. weta has presented their plan. why do we need to engage with the san francisco port authority? they have information, all the vessels, all the meetings that i
attended, small boat operators' challenges is the licensing and permitting and it has to do with all the agencies. we know that. we have a slough of small vessels, medium and large that are ready to go right now. that solution is already there. and one of the discussions that we need right now is beyond treasure island. is it possible -- some of the questions raised in my committee, anyone coming from san francisco, landing at treasure island and then treasure island to oakland to alameda? those possibilities are there right now. if we're able to put together a plan, you will have the east bay joining us. we'll have weta joining us. the state of california, because all of this has to be subsidized and suddenly, treasure island,
the solution, the entire bay area will look at the possibilities. so let's think beyond treasure island residents. all of the plans that i'm talking about, people have been talking about them now for the last 24 months. policies came out on the trance importa -- transportation. the port of san francisco, so you can continue to compare notes. where do we fit in? and, again, let's go beyond. let's go beyond treasure island and looking at the presentation on demand will also be helpful. if we have a long-range plan, we'll look out for the money. we can ask the state for help. you can write grants to the federal government.
it will be based on overall congestion. so you are not only talking about us here as a window to everything else. and that's a plan that's being talked about. people are very receptive to that plan and we have all the operators that are ready at the drop of a hat, but it requires talking to all the other relevant agencies on board, comparing notes, and the plan is already in place. let's just help you implement that. >> we're hoping that through the study that's going on that weta is leading, we can have those discussions with the partners. they're forming a tack. they've not yet met, but the port of san francisco is part of that committee. so we'll have a forum for each of the agencies to discuss what the near-term and long-term goals are and how we cooperatively move forward to advance everybody's goals.
>> commissioner richardson: so the feasibility study includes the possibilities of going beyond. that will enable us with two birds -- not that it's environmentally correct. let's take advantage of the opportunities to think beyond the box and some other people may be able to take the study and say, if the provisions are there and the possibilities to be thinking beyond treasure island and we can really do that. some other entities, they be able to write a grant to go on. we'll be helping the infrastructure before we start building it. that's how i would like for it to go and let's move on with it. >> president tsen: thank you, linda. mark?
>> commissioner dunlop: the question, suggestion, as linda was saying, we need to go beyond the envelope, to push the envelope, and i know that -- i think it's l.a. or somebody is looking for a people-mover and elon musk is looking for some sort of, i don't know, portal or -- >> tunneling. >> commissioner dunlop: but i guess there is all sorts of potential in the future. that one sounds a little flaky, but perhaps there's other ideas, too. it shouldn't just be limited to what, you know, transportation modes we've always looked at like, you know, cars and water. but there could be other things out there that might work. again, just pointing that out.
elon musk wanted a tube that people go through. it might not work, but anyway, thank you. and thank you for your presentation. this is, again, another wonderful part of the whole picture and, again, people that currently live on the island have a lot of concerns about how will i get to san francisco when there's all the new people and car charges and all of that sort of thing. so this is something else that should give comfort to a lot of the current residents, so thank you. >> you're welcome. >> president tsen: is there any public comment? hearing none, next item. >> clerk: item number 10, ybi road network update.
>> i mentioned earlier in my report that we closed mccalla road and detouring traffic over the top of the hill and i wanted to provide a few slides to give directors and members of the audience a visual of where things stand on ybi today. the first project, and this is a tie-in with the transportation authority that's doing the ferry planning and vehicle shuttle
planni planning. the first was the on h.i. and o ramp construction. it opened in october, 2016. that's a typo. and then the new eastbound onramp, one of was a caltrans' project and then the bike path that accompanied that and brought bicyclists. we closed the road highlighted there in red. the developer will be reconstructing, realigning that. and the forest road detour that you see in yellow brings people up and over the top of the hill to hillcrest so they can access
ybi. this is the macalla road closure. now people as they arrive will take a left there. and i will show you that realignment. below are a couple of photographs from macalla road where they've removed the asphalt since that closure. and this is macalla road. the current alignment follows the tree line there, so it hugs closer to the left. and then the blue alignment is the future alignment. and so there's a considerable cut into the hillside there in order to facilitate that realignment. and the area that is where a lot
of the vegetation has been cleared and where the former housing was on ybi and future housing will be in the area that's in the front is where the stormwater gardens for stormwater management on this half of ybi will be located. this gives you a better sense of the realignment of macalla road and how it shifts into the hillside. so it will actually go through where the existing one million-gallon reservoir is located. forest road detour, this is the path that you take off the bay bridge and over the hill. it's the grading plan for that detour. this is as you come off of the ramps and take a left. you go towards the existing bay
bridge and then you take a right near the existing electrical substation there and you come up the grade that is shown on the right-hand side of this image to the top of ybi. and then go across the top of ybi and then down the opposite side to hillcrest. and then from there, you can take a right and then head down to treasure island. this is just at hillcrest road, looking at the detour coming down to the roadway. the next project is under the transportation authority management is the south gate-hillcrest interchange. they plan to award this in fall of next year and have a construction duration of 12 to 18 months. this will provide new eastbound offramp on the right-hand side of the bay bridge and it will
connect underneath the bay bridge to macalla road, which is the way the roadway network was plier to caltrans's work on the bay bridge. after the completion, hillcrest will be a one way from west to east counterclockwise circulation on macalla, bru bringing people to the west bound and eastbound onramps. after that, the transportation authority will begin their work to reconstruct the viaduct structures, the bridges on the west side of ybi. this, again, will be a 12- to 18-month project. it's intended to be a construction manager/general contractor contracting model. that's the model in which the
agency selects the general contractor to perform the work in the demands of the completion of the demand documents to have the input of the general contractor in optimizing the design and construction seque e sequencing and bids out the construction of the work in individual trade packages. so submissions of equal conversations were submitted to the transportation authority last month and they expect to announce an award at the end of the month to one of the agencies that was proposed. so the overall timelines next steps, macalla will be improved for two-way traffic as part of the treasure island community development is doing. and that will allow, again, the closure of the west side
viaducts following the completion of the interchange. after the west side bridges are improved, ticd will be able to convert macalla to its ultimate, began, one-way circulation. as with hillcrest and it's at that time that we would expect to start the tolling to commence as well. until we finalize the roadway configuration and circulation patterns, we want to be able to commence tolling because it would require a lot of staging and restaging of tolling equipment as the roadway traffic patterns have changed. that's the overview of that. and just the schedule, again, roadway construction, beginning now and extending into 2020, as
well as the south gate project 2018-2021 and westside bridges project. with that, i'll take any questions. >> thank you very much. questions from the board? >> commissioner dunlop: a quick question. first, just a comment, as someone that lives on the island and has had to go through that detour. i wanted to compliment whoever did all the work because i haven't gotten lost. if anybody's going to get lost, it would be me. and it's lining just perfect. you know where you're going. it gives awe will the of comfort that you are not heading into oncoming traffic. so i think that's great. and this is just something i
heard that there's been approval for a bike path to san francisco from the island, but i don't know if that's true or not or if there's -- >> my understanding is that the bay area towing authority and m.t.c. have been studying for now i think about three years a means of extending the bike path to san francisco and a potential bike path to san francisco is an eligible expense under rm3, the most recent ballot measure that was passed last summer to increase the tolls on the bay bridge. but there's not a specific plan or approved project at this point to extend the bike path. but it is part of what they're
trying to accomplish. >> president tsen: thank you. any other questions? hearing none. the public, any comments or questions? next item. >> clerk: item 11, housing advisory services update. >> i'll give a quick update on the interviews that we conducted last spring and the work that has been happening since. one of the -- part of the information that we intended to gather from this was to inform the planning for the housing development and development of the replacement units and a critical factor there is household income. and which households would be potentially eligible for inclusionary, affordable units
or rental affordable units. so this is some of the income demographics that we gained from the interviews. again, currently we have 204 pre-d.d.a. and mixed households that are eligible for replacement units on the island. we interviewed 176 of those households and there are 28 households that we haven't yet interviewed, but we have some information on. of the households here, 39 of them that reported their income or 20% are over 120% of a.m.i. and so, therefore, would not be eligible for affordable housing. and 27% -- or 27 households did not report what their income
was. amongst the other households that did report their income, there are a large number that would be eligible for some type of for rent or for sale, inclusionary or affordable housing. so it's good information for us to be able to help inform the planning of our replacement units as we work with catholic charities and other developers. in terms of providing feedback to the households, we discussed that we wanted to send them a preliminary notice of eligibility, which is a summary from the conversations that were had of current household composition eligibility, so those that are fully pre-d.d.a. households and those that include both pre-d.d.a.
residents and post-d.d.a., mixed households, and the options available for them. and the 27 households that we were not able to interview, we're developing information based on what we know about the household and with the expectation in receipt of the notion may spur the households to contact an advisor for a more detailed discussion. we issued letters to 1/4 of the households this week and we'll be sending out letters the remainder of this month and next month to get them out to the households that were interviewed. we're trying to be precise for each household in who is pre-d.d.a. and who is not. and the range of options that
are available, we've been careful in reviewing and editing the letters to be sure that the information we're sending folks is as accurate as we can make it. so that's driven our schedule there a little bit. included with the notices, we prepared a flier that came out of the conover agency is -- cons to talk about the future improvements that will be coming to the island, ferry service, and so forth, but also the challenges that as director dunlop alluded to will come with the future as well. so on the improvements side of the ledger, of course, new and improved public infrastructure, enhanced and expanded open space, new housing, new retail and services, and greatly
improved public transportation. on the adaptation side of the ledger, for some households they will have different numbers of bedrooms that they currently have, but also units may not have the same square footage, even if they do have the same number of bedrooms. they won't have laundry hook-ups. our housing today has either a garage or outside storage unit and those amenities will not be part of the new housing, and there will be limited parking and tolls on the bay bridge. on the utility expenses, utilities are included in the rent. some utilities will be