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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Minutes

1. CALLED TO ORDER

The Regular Meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authoritys (VTA) Board of Directors was called to order by Chairperson Gage at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California.
  
2. ROLL CALL

Members Present
David Casas
Cindy Chavez
David Cortese
Pat Dando
Patricia Dixon
Frederik Fowler
Don Gage, Chairperson
Ron Gonzales
Pete McHugh
Joe Pirzynski, Vice Chairperson
Forrest Williams

Members Absent
Jim Beall, Ex-Officio
John McLemore

Alternates Present
Blanca Alvarado
Breene Kerr
Dolly Sandoval

Alternates Absent
Dennis Kennedy
Ken Yeager

* Alternates do not serve unless participating as a Member.

A quorum was present.
  
3. CLOSED SESSION at 5:31 p.m.

Suzanne Gifford, Legal Counsel, noted that Agenda Item # 3.A. will be the only item discussed in Closed Session and Agenda Item # 3.B. will be removed from Closed Session.

Board Members McHugh and Dixon arrived at the Meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:31 p.m.

A. Anticipated Litigation Conference with Legal Counsel
[Government Code Section 54956.9]

Initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (c) of Government Code Section 54956.9. One potential case.

B. Conference with Labor Negotiators
[Government Code Section 54957.6]

Employee Organizations:
County Employees Management Association (CEMA) or American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), depending on outcome of election.

VTA Designated Representatives:
Kaye L. Evleth, Chief Administrative Officer
Matthew O. Tucker, Chief Operating Officer
Robert Escobar, Manager, Office of Employee Relations

Board Member Chavez arrived at the Meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:32 p.m.

Board Member Casas arrived at the Meeting and entered Closed Session at 5:34 p.m.


RECONVENED TO OPEN SESSION at 5:44 p.m.
  
4. CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A. Anticipated Litigation Conference with Legal Counsel
[Government Code Section 54956.9]

Initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (c) of Government Code Section 54956.9. One potential case.

There was no reportable action taken during Closed Session.

B. Conference with Labor Negotiators
[Government Code Section 54957.6]

Employee Organizations:
County Employees Management Association (CEMA) or American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), depending on outcome of election.

VTA Designated Representatives:
Kaye L. Evleth, Chief Administrative Officer
Matthew O. Tucker, Chief Operating Officer
Robert Escobar, Manager, Office of Employee Relations

Removed from Closed Session.
  
5. ORDERS OF THE DAY

Chairperson Gage requested that Agenda Item # 20., Authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with DeSilva Gates Construction, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $2,040,694 for construction of Segment B of the US 101/Bailey Avenue Interchange project be removed from the Regular Agenda and placed on the Consent Agenda.

Chairperson Gage noted that Agenda Item # 28., Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) Chairpersons Report will immediately follow Public Presentations beginning with the April 1, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Regular Meeting.

M/S/C (Gonzales/Chavez) to accept the Orders of the Day.
  
6. AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

Employees of the Month for April 2004

Chairperson Gage presented awards to Rene Williams, Chaboya Maintenance; and Mohan Paniyur, Way, Power and Signal Department Administration, as VTA Employees of the Month for April 2004. Leonard Gray, Light Rail Operations, was unable to attend.

Chairperson Gage congratulated all Employees of the Month for April 2004.

Alternate Board Member Alvarado arrived at the Meeting at 5:53 p.m.


NOTE: M/S/C MEANS MOTION SECONDED AND CARRIED AND, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
  
7. PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Lupe Medrano, Interested Citizen, expressed her concern regarding VTAs financial status. Ms. Medrano noted her concerns regarding VTAs lack of financial accountability.

Eugene Bradley, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Riders Union, distributed a copy of the New Jersey Transit E-News article, No Fare hike for NJ Transit Commuters this Year, Thanks to Governor McGreeveys Budget to the VTA Board of Directors for review. Mr. Bradley expressed his concern regarding VTAs proposed fare increase. Mr. Bradley requested that VTA consider using the funding being wasted on administrative costs to preserve fares and keep economic growth moving.

Duane Haugen, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern regarding VTAs proposed fare increase to Paratransit. Mr. Haugen noted the financial impact on the Senior/Disabled Community. Mr. Haugen expressed his concern regarding the discontinuance of the Residential Eco Pass.

Stacy Otterman, Interested Citizen, expressed her concern regarding VTAs proposed fare increase to Paratransit. Ms. Otterman queried if additional public meetings would be held regarding the proposed fare increases.

Chairperson Gage noted other opportunities to speak on the proposed fare increase before the item is forwarded to the VTA Board of Directors for consideration.

The Agenda was taken out of order.
  
28. REPORTS FROM ADVISORY COMMITTEES

E. POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC)

Dolly Sandoval, PAC Chairperson, provided a brief report regarding the March 11, 2004 PAC Meeting. Ms. Sandoval noted that PAC Members discussed retiree medical benefits, VTAs Financial Stability, Eco Pass participation, and Tasman East/Capitol Bus/Rail Service Integration Plan.

Ms. Sandoval noted PACs interest in having internet access on light rail and light rail platforms and added that VTA should conduct a study of market segments for ridership analysis.

Ms. Sandoval commented that PAC discussed the recommendations for VTP 2030 requesting a description of the Caltrain Service upgrades, including a list of grade separations and timing of the those grade separations.

Ms. Sandoval noted that PAC passed a motion regarding the Downtown East Valley (DTEV) project listed in Tier 1 at $550 million and requested that VTA Board of Directors consider the DTEV project as three separate segments and rank each segment separately. The DTEV project segments would be Santa Clara to Alum Rock light rail or bus, Alum Rock to Eastridge light rail, and Eastridge to Nieman light rail.

Ms. Sandoval noted that PAC passed a motion requesting VTA Board of Directors re-evaluate the Transit Project Prioritization Criteria in view of current financial realities.

Ms. Sandoval noted that PAC recognizes that it is a VTA Board of Directors decision; however, requested that VTA Board of Directors include bonding costs and use a more conservative sales tax forecast when making decisions on VTP 2030 projects. Ms. Sandoval continued that PAC is concerned about the cost of bonding and the impact of those costs on the project lists.

Ms. Sandoval noted that PAC Members requested the following items be placed on the April 8, 2004 PAC Agenda: 1) a memo to VTA Board of Directors regarding the rate of diesel bus replacements with Zero Emission Buses (ZEB) at 15 percent beginning in FY 2007, and 2) a report on how VTA plans to meet the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements with this reduction.

Ms. Sandoval thanked VTA Board of Directors regarding the placement of the PAC Chairpersons Report. Chairperson Gage noted that the PAC Chairpersons Report will immediately follow Public Presentations beginning with the April 1, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Regular Meeting.

Board Member Cortese took his seat at 6:07 p.m.


Alternate Board Member Kerr queried if Staff addressed the issues regarding the bus and light rail operating plans included in the Tasman East/Capitol Bus/Rail Service Integration Plan. Ms. Sandoval responded that Staff advised that some of the issues have been responded to; however, some questions still remain.
  
8. Comments on VTP 2030 Program Allocation and Project Priorities

Chairperson Gage noted that this was not the final opportunity to receive comments regarding the VTP 2030 Program Allocation and Project Priorities. The final opportunity to receive comments will be at the April 23, 2004 VTA Board of Directors Regular Workshop Meeting.

Helen Bliven, Interested Citizen, expressed her support regarding VTP 2030 Program.

James Wightman, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern regarding the VTP 2030 Program. Mr. Wightman noted his support to extend the light rail system.

Christopher Lepe, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern regarding the VTP 2030 Program. Mr. Lepe noted his concern regarding VTAs sales tax projections. Mr. Lepe requested that Staff identify what projects VTA can afford within the VTP 2030 Program.

Bud Beacham, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern regarding Capitol Corridor Light Rail Extension. He noted community support regarding the light rail extension; however, he expressed concern regarding the plan for the elevated structure.

Aaron Resendez, Interested Citizen, expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Mr. Resendez noted the transportation needs of the low-income community.

Ted Johnson, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern regarding the Ocala Station. Mr. Johnson noted the need of the community for light rail service in the area. Mr. Johnson requested that the light rail station be close to Ocala Street and Capitol.

Mr. Bradley expressed his concern regarding VTP 2030 Program and the primary focus only on BART. Mr. Bradley noted the voters request for additional bus and light rail service for the entire valley.

Darlene Wallach, Interested Citizen, expressed her concern regarding VTAs sales tax revenue projections. Ms. Wallach noted her concern regarding VTP 2030 Program and the actual costs for the VTP 2030 projects.

Dan Perez, Interested Citizen, expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Mr. Perez noted his support and is looking forward of the time when the East gets linked to the West.

Chris Clark, Interested Citizen, expressed her support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Ms. Clark noted the importance of public transportation to the community. Ms. Clark added that light rail would improve the Eastside Community.

Douglas Metz, Interested Citizen, expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Mr. Metz noted the importance of public transportation within the Eastside Community.

Dennis Chiu, Interested Citizen, expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Mr. Chiu noted VTAs goal to bring public transportation to the community.

Josephine Ong-Hawkins, Interested Citizen, expressed her support regarding public transportation and the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Ms. Ong-Hawkins stated that public transportation is a necessity in the Eastside and low-income community.

Josu´┐Ż Garcia, Interested Citizen, expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project and expressed the importance of public transportation to the transit dependent community.

Yolanda Reynolds, Interested Citizen, expressed her support for bus service. Ms. Reynolds noted the high costs and low return associated with light rail. Ms. Reynolds requested that bus line service be enhanced. Ms. Reynolds noted her support of Caltrain Electrification. Ms. Reynolds noted the need and requested improvements be made to the local streets and county roads.

Mr. Lepe translated for Raul Cabrera, Interested Citizen. Mr. Cabrera noted the importance of public transportation in the low-income community. Mr. Cabrera expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Mr. Cabrera noted the importance of sidewalks and bicycle lane improvements to the low-income community.

Mr. Lepe translated for Juan Carlos Jimenez, Interested Citizen. Mr. Jimenez expressed his support regarding additional bus service in the Eastside. Mr. Jimenez noted the importance of additional bicycle lanes within the Eastside community.

Mr. Lepe translated for Graciela Hernandez, Interested Citizen. Ms. Hernandez noted the importance of public transportation in the low-income community. Ms. Hernandez noted the importance of wider sidewalks and additional bicycle lanes within the Eastside community.

Roberto Cruz, Interested Citizen, expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project. Mr. Cruz requested the assistance and partnership of VTA Board of Directors to support the initiative to help give Eastside San Jose a connection to the downtown community. Mr. Cruz noted the need for quality service in the Eastside community and requested that the resources be in place to give the Eastside a first class VTA transportation system.

Lydia Reguenn, Interested Citizen, noted the need for additional bus service in the low-income community.

Mr. Lepe translated for Elena Bautista, Interested Citizen. Ms. Bautista noted the importance and need for public transportation in the low-income community. Ms. Bautista expressed her support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project.

Bryan Cong Po, Interested Citizen, noted the importance and need of public transportation in the low-income community. Mr. Po expressed his support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project.

Blanca Alvarado, VTA Alternate Board Member and Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, read a letter sent from Congress Member Zoe Lofgren to VTA Board of Directors. Alternate Board Member Alvarado spoke on behalf of Congress Member Lofgren and noted the importance and need of public transportation in the low-income community. Ms. Lofgren noted that the completion of the DTEV project would finally advance a complete light rail system envisioned in the early 1990s. Ms. Lofgren expressed her support regarding the Downtown East Valley Light Rail Project.

Chairperson Gage thanked all the speakers for their presentations. Board Member Casas thanked and noted his appreciation for Mr. Lepes assistance with the Spanish translation during the public presentation portion of the item.
  

CONSENT AGENDA

9. Minutes of the Board of Directors Workshop Meeting of February 27, 2004

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to approve the Minutes of the Board of Directors Workshop Meeting of February 27, 2004.
  
10. Minutes of the Board of Directors Regular Meeting of March 4, 2004

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to approve the Minutes of the Board of Directors Regular Meeting of March 4, 2004.
  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

11. 2004 Quarterly Attendance Report

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to approve the 2004 Quarterly Attendance Report.
  
12. Amendment to Master Agreement with the California Highway Patrol for Traffic Control Services for 1996 Measure B and Valley Transportation Plan (VTP) 2020 Projects

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to authorize the General Manager to execute an amendment to the Master Agreement with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for Traffic Control Services during construction of 1996 Measure B Transportation Improvement Program and VTP 2020 Highway Projects increasing the agreement amount for 1996 Measure B projects by $80,000 and the amount for VTP 2020 Highway Projects by $80,000, for a new total agreement amount of $1,265,000, and extend the agreement term to December 31, 2006.
  
13. Cerone Operating Division, Sanitary Sewer Easement along Zanker Road for the City of San Jose

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to authorize the General Manager to execute the documents necessary to sell a temporary construction easement and a permanent easement for a Sanitary Sewer line along Zanker Road by the Cerone Operating Division to the City of San Jose, in the amount of $114,000.
  
14. Contract Amendment with Brian Kangas Foulk (BKF) for Final Design and Design Support During Construction of the Route 87 South HOV Lane Widening Project

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to authorize the General Manager to amend the contract with Brian Kangas Foulk for final design and design support during construction services for the Route 87 South HOV Lane Widening Project, increasing the approved contract value by $729,743 for a new contract value not to exceed $9,292,177.
  
15. Amendment to the Contract with Ruth & Going, Inc. (R&G) for Final Design and Design Support During Construction of the Route 87 North HOV Lane Widening Project

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to authorize the General Manager to amend the contract with Ruth & Going, Inc. for design support during construction services of the Route 87 North HOV Lane Widening Project increasing the approved contract value by $732,673 for a new contract value not to exceed $6,560,366.
  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

16. Request to the California Transportation Commission and Agreements for Reimbursement of Planning, Programming and Monitoring Funds form the State Transportation Improvement Program under the provisions of AB 3090

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to approve the submittal of an AB 3090 funding request to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) that enables VTA to advance local funds for Planning and Programming and Monitoring (PPM) activities and receive reimbursement from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Funds; and authorize the General Manager to execute all necessary agreements for reimbursement of funds.
  
17. 2004 State Transportation Improvement Program Revisions

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to approve a revised 2004 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) submittal to transfer $2 million from Reach II to Reach III of the City of Santa Claras San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, and to program $1.7 million as an AB 3090 replacement project commitment to the Route 152/156 Interchange project southeast of Gilroy.
  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

18. Tasman East/Capitol Light Rail Projects Amendment to Bianchi-Amaker Construction Agreement

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to authorize the General Manager to amend the total authorized funding for the Bianchi-Amaker Construction Agreement in an amount of $250,000 over the original contract amount for a new contract amount of $1,515,935. The amendment is required to construct field changes discovered during construction on the Tasman East/Capitol Light Rail Project.
  
19. Tasman East/Capitol Bus/Rail Service Integration Plan

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to approve the bus and light rail operating plans included in the Tasman East/Capitol Bus/Rail Service Integration Plan.
  
20. (Removed from the Regular Agenda and placed on the Consent Agenda.)

Valley Transportation Plan (VTP) 2020 Highway Project US 101/Bailey Avenue Interchange (Segment B) Construction Contract Award

M/S/C (McHugh/Pirzynski) to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with DeSilva Gates Construction, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $2,040,694 for construction of Segment B of the US 101/Bailey Avenue Interchange project. (Deferred from the VTA Regular Board of Directors Meeting of February 5, 2004.)
  
  
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REGULAR AGENDA

  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - FORREST WILLIAMS - (See Agenda Item # 27.A.)

20. (Removed from the Regular Agenda and placed on the Consent Agenda.)

Authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with DeSilva Gates Construction, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $2,040,694 for construction of Segment B of the US 101/Bailey Avenue Interchange project. (Deferred from the VTA Regular Board of Directors Meeting of February 5, 2004.)
  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - CINDY CHAVEZ - (See Agenda Item # 27.B.)

Board Member Chavez noted her appreciation and thanked Staff for their diligent work regarding the completion of the Pedestrian Technical Guidelines.

There were no items submitted for the Regular Agenda by the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee.
  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - DAVID CORTESE - (See Agenda Item # 27.C.)

21. Silicon Valley Rapid Transit ProjectLine Segment Preliminary Engineering Services

Jack J. Collins, Chief Construction Officer, provided a brief overview on the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project Line Segment Preliminary Engineering Services. Mr. Collins noted that this is the third of six preliminary engineering contracts what will be presented to the VTA Board of Directors over the next few months. Mr. Collins added that the contract is for the preliminary engineering on the SVRT Corridor BART extension from Warm Springs in Fremont down to the east tunnel portal South of Mabury in San Jose. Mr. Collins noted that five firms competed for the project; however, HNTB was the best choice to complete the project. Mr. Collins added that HNTB committed to a 21 percent DBE participation on this project contract.

M/S/C (Cortese/Chavez) to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with HNTB for line segment design services for the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit (SVRT) Project in an amount not to exceed $20,000,000 for the Preliminary Engineering phase. The initial contract term will be for 24 months with future amendments to be presented to the Board for final design services once approval to enter into final design for the SVRT Project is determined. This contract is currently 1.25 percent ($250,000) federally funded.
  
22. Consideration and Adoption of Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Palo Alto Caltrain Transit Center Project

Tom Fitzwater, Environmental Planning Manager, provided a brief overview on the Consideration and Adoption of Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Palo Alto Caltrain Transit Center Project. Mr. Fitzwater noted that the Palo Alto facility serves as a major regional transfer point for VTA. The project consists of removing all the existing facilities within the project site boundaries and constructing a new ten-bay transit center with a new onsite pedestrian circulation. The reconstructed transit center will accommodate the articulated buses by VTA and other transit agencies. Mr. Fitzwater noted the simulation of the existing site and the future site attachment.

Mr. Fitzwater added that a draft initial study of Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared and circulated to the public on February 4, 2004 and noted that the review period ended on March 5, 2004. Mr. Fitzwater noted that comments were received from the City of Palo Alto and the State Department of Toxic Substance Control and added that responses to their comments are included in the packet. Mr. Fitzwater noted that the project conclusion is no significant environmental effects because of the mitigation measures included in the project and added that VTA and the City of Palo Alto Staff worked extensively to ensure that the design met the needs and the environmental document addressed their concerns.

Alternate Board Member Kerr queried on how the Palo Alto Caltrain Transit Center Project fits into the VTP 2030 Program project list. Peter M. Cipolla, General Manager, responded that the City of Palo Alto has a grandiose plan for the entire transit center and how it will fit into the downtown community. Mr. Cipolla added that the project is a very large project that may cost several hundred millions of dollars and noted that part of the funding for the project has been set aside as part of the 2000 Measure A project; however, the funding from the City of Palo Alto to complete the project has not been identified. Alternate Board Member Kerr queried if the VTA Board of Directors will be approving the construction budget for the project. Mr. Cipolla responded that this is a different element that is not part of the 2000 Measure A Project funding and added that it will be funded as part of other funding and will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for consideration in two separate pieces over the next several months. Alternate Board Member Kerr queried if it the funding was part of the VTP 2030 Program project funding. Mr. Cipolla responded that it is a non-measure project and that the project cost is around nine million dollars.

Board Member Gonzales queried on the funding of the project and if the funding was part of the 2000 Measure A Project funding. Mr. Cipolla responded that the funding is part of the General Fund within the Capital Budget. Board Member Gonzales queried on the simulations of the facility illustrated in the attachment and queried if they were artist renditions. Mr. Cipolla responded that the simulations were artist rendition elements moving into the design phase. Board Member Gonzales noted his support of the Palo Alto Caltrain Transit Center Project.

Board Member Casas noted his concern to ensure that the VTA Board of Directors look at the totality of the inter-modal center project. Board Member Casas noted that the investment is in the transit center and is not an investment directly into Caltrain.

M/S/C (Gonzales/Chavez) to 1) Certify the Initial Study for the Palo Alto Caltrain Transit Center Project (Project): a. Was transmitted and presented to the Board of Directors and that they reviewed and considered it; b. Meets the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); and c. Represents the independent judgment of VTA as Lead Agency; 2) Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration based on consideration of the Initial Study, comments received and responses to those comments; 3) Adopt a Mitigated Monitoring and Reporting Plan; and 4) Approve the Project.

Mr. Bradley expressed his concern regarding the project shelter design and added that it does not consider the winter season.
  
23. Pending MTC Legislation

M/S/C (Williams/Gonzales) to authorize Santa Clara Valley Transportation (VTA) staff to work in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on a single piece of legislation that would seek to add two new voting representatives to the commission, one from Santa Clara and one from Alameda County.

Board Member Gonzales thanked Staff for their diligent work and effort in partnership with MTC regarding the representation legislation to the commission.
  
  
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OTHER ITEMS

24. ITEMS OF CONCERN AND REFERRAL TO ADMINISTRATION

There were no Items of Concern and Referral to Administration.
  
25. LEGISLATIVE REPORT

The Legislative Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.
  
26. REPORT FROM THE AD-HOC RESTRUCTURING PROPOSAL COMMITTEE

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski provided a brief report on the Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee and noted that the Committee met today. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski commented that at the November 19, 2003 Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee requested that Staff meet with each of the city groupings to assess the impacts of the proposed changes to the structure of the VTA Board of Directors.

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted the interest in enhancing the PACs advisory position within the VTA Board of Directors structure. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski added that Staff has met with the existing City Group 2 (Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale), City Group 3 (Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga), and City Group 4 (Gilroy, Milpitas, Morgan Hill).

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted that through a series of monthly meetings the discussion taken place has resulted in each city group focusing on its individual interest within the VTP 2030 Program. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski added that City Group 3 believes that its city grouping is appropriate to its needs and it is not necessary to change its city grouping at this time. City Group 2 believes that its city grouping should remain intact and focus on the groups needs. City Group 4 met on March 26, 2004 and noted that their focus is on the VTP 2030 Program; however, added that they will continue discussion regarding the possibility of restructuring within their city group.

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted that the Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee met and in an unanimous motion recommended that the Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee would suspend further meetings until a period on one-year and focus on the issues regarding the VTP 2030 Program.

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted a strengthening in the PAC as a advisory body and added that the PAC Chairperson has a standing place on the Agenda of the VTA Board of Directors Meeting to discuss PAC issues.

Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted that the discussions of the city groupings have taken on a new and vigorous life and committed to meet monthly. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski added that the City of Milpitas, by bringing the restructuring proposal issue forward, has contributed to revitalize the cities communication among them. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted that the cities now have a process in place where Staff is working with the city groupings to make the issues with the city groupings available to the representatives on VTA Board of Directors. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski noted that the Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee will bring a formal recommendation to VTA Board of Directors at the next regular meeting and continued that the city groupings will continue to stay the course and enhance the pieces of the proposals that have been enacted. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski added that within a years time the city groupings will have a better understanding as to the viability of the continued dialogue among the city groupings. Vice Chairperson Pirzynski requested that Staff review and bring back to VTA Board of Directors a recommendation either to revisit the restructuring proposals or continue to stay the course with the changes that have occurred.

Chairperson Gage requested that the Ad-Hoc Restructuring Proposal Committee recommendation be placed on the Agenda of VTAs Regular Board of Directors Meeting of May 6, 2004.
  
27. SUMMARY MINUTES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

A. Administration and Finance Committee

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Administration and Finance Committee Summary Minutes were accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B. Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee Summary Minutes were accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C. Transit Planning and Operations Committee

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Transit Planning and Operations Committee Summary Minutes were accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.
  
28. REPORTS FROM ADVISORY COMMITTEES

A. Committee for Transit Accessibility (CTA)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Committee for Transit Accessibility Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B. Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Citizens Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C. Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

D. Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Technical Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

E. Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Policy Advisory Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.
  
29. REPORTS FROM JOINT POWERS BOARDS (JPBs) & REGIONAL COMMISSIONS

Chairperson Gage advised Board Members that reports from Joint Powers Boards (JPBs) & Regional Commissions were placed in front of them on the dais.

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the reports were received and filed.

A. Peninsula Corridor JPB

B. Capitol Corridor JPB

C. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
  
30. REPORTS FROM VTA POLICY ADVISORY BOARDS (PABs)

A. Vasona Light Rail PAB

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Vasona Light Rail PAB Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B. Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor PAB

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor PAB Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C. Caltrain PAB

There was no report from the Caltrain PAB.

D. Downtown East Valley PAB

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the Downtown East Valley PAB Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

E. Highway PAB South

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the South County Highway PAB Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.
  
31. REPORT FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

Chairperson Gage noted that there was a Caltrain JPB meeting today. Chairperson Gage noted the daily schedule was approved, which includes several trips for the Baby Bullet train. Chairperson Gage noted no weekend service to Tamien Station on a vote of six to three with the Santa Clara County contingency voting no; however, added that the weekend service will be examined over a six-month period to determine whether there should be ridership.
  
32. REPORT FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

There was no report from the General Manager.
  
33. ANNOUNCEMENTS

Board Member Fowler noted the opportunity to experience high-speed train travel in Shanghai.
  
34. ADJOURNMENT

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Michelle Garza, Board Assistant
VTA Board of Directors

  
  
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