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City and County of San Francisco
Planning, Marketing Committee (PMC)
Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.
1. Call to Order / Roll Call
PMC Members Present at Roll Call: Jamison Wieser (Chair), Emily Drennen, Bruce Oka, and Norman Rolfe.
PMC Absent: None
MTA Staff (San Francisco Municipal Railway [Muni] and Department of Parking and Traffic [DPT]) Present: Ken Jew (MTA Project Manager), Frank Lau (MTA Project Engineer), Andrew Wong (MTA Engineer Intern), Adrian Moy (Deputy Director of Safety and Training), York Kwan (Green Training Manager), Debra Reed (MTA CAC Secretary)
Community Representatives Present: None
2. Adopt Minutes of April 16, 2007:
April 16, 2007 Minutes were adopted
3. Public Comment – Concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: None
4. Report of the Chair:
Jamison Wieser introduced himself as the new chair for PMC. While the former chair Bruce Oka had other pressing obligations, he would continue to serve as a committee member on the PMC.
5. NextMuni Subway Platform Displays: (Discussion/Action) Frank Lau and Ken Jew
Mr. Jew distributed and reviewed the handout, “Flat Screen Displays for the Muni Subway Stations.” A PMC discussion ensued as Frank Lau narrated a slide presentation of installation plans throughout the metro stations. Graphic display would be provided by NextBus, but installation would be provided by MTA.
Bus shelter signs for diesel lines were expected to be in operation by August/September 2007.
Outside of the metro stations would monitors be mounted for public view? Response: Signs would be installed in the subway, but outside monitors might be an idea for a future project.
Could the Wi-Fi network for the platform display system be accessible by the public? Response: Ms. Drennen’s suggestion would be forwarded to the IT department for consideration.
6. Muni Accessibility for Families with Children (Discussion/Action)
A PMC discussion ensued with staff participation from Adrian Moy and York Kwan. Passageways on Muni vehicles blocked by strollers with children seated in them become a safety hazard for people and children. There is a City California regulation stating that aisles, doors, and emergency exits cannot be blocked. How children are secured, such as holding them in laps, placing them on seats, or standing, would be the choice of their guardian, however in order to comply with the regulation, Muni has asked that strollers be folded.
It had been suggested by a group called the Parents of Multiples that guardians be allowed to park strollers with seated children in vacant handicap areas. Should a wheelchair need the area, then the family would be asked to vacate, on the other hand, it was pointed out that moving may not sit well with a family once situated. Mr. Oka responded that if the handicap space was occupied by those that qualified to be there, then they should be allowed to remain there.
It was also brought up that strollers should be secured by strapping; however Mr. Moy responded that some strollers were constructed with materials that would not withstand pressure from strapping.
Mr. Oka would talk to the MAAC Chair to request a committee discussion for their September agenda about parking strollers with seated children in the wheelchair areas of Muni vehicles. Mr. Moy was planning to attend to hear concerns from senior and disabled patrons. The PMC would followup with a further discussion on the outcome of the MAAC meeting.
7. Escalator Placement and Accessibility (Discussion/Action)
Kim Walton was not available for this item, however she did forward BART’s “Balboa Park Station Comprehensive Plan September 2002” for distribution and PMC discussion. Escalator placements and other vertical circulation issues at the Balboa Park Station are BART's domain, since they own and operate the station. It was suggested to invite Mr. Tim Chan from BART to address escalator concerns.
The PMC would still like a future discussion regarding the Better Neighborhoods Plan with a representative from the City Planning Department and MTA Planning Department to better connect with transit.
8. Committee Members’ Questions and Comments: (Discussion)
No questions at this time.
9. Schedule Upcoming Meetings and Agenda Items:
Next regular meeting: September 20, 2007, at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 3:30 p.m.
¨ Coordination of Transit Oriented Development and City Planning with the Better Neighborhoods Plan (Discussion/Action) Peter Albert and the City Planning Department
¨ Central Subway (Discussion/Action) MTA Planning Department
¨ Allowing Strollers in Wheelchair Area of Muni Vehicles (Discussion)
10. Adjournment: 5:13 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
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