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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

June 3, 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 5:34 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California.

  
2.

ROLL CALL

Members Present
����������������� Members Absent
Jim Beall, Ex-Officio ����������������Cindy Chavez����
David Casas���
David Cortese������
Pat Dando
Patricia Dixon�����
Frederik Fowler
Ron Gonzales
Don Gage, Chairperson����
Pete McHugh
John McLemore
Joe Pirzynski, Vice Chairperson
Forrest Williams

Alternates Present����������������Alternates Absent
Dennis Kennedy, Alternate����� Blanca Alvarado, Alternate
������������������������������������������������ Breene Kerr, Alternate
����������������������������������������������� Dolly Sandoval, Alternate
����������������������������������������������� Ken Yeager, Alternate

* Alternates do not serve unless participating as a Member.

A quorum was present.

  
3.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

Chairperson Gage added Agenda Item #5.X., Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) Chairpersons Report.

Chairperson Gage stated that staff requested deferring Agenda Item #29., Approve the�FY 2004-05 Congestion Management Program (CMP) Work Program and Amended Budget to the June 17, 2004 Special Board of Directors Meeting.� Member Fowler requested deferring the item to August 5, 2004 Board of Directors Regular Meeting as he cannot attend the June 17, 2004 Special Board Meeting.

M/S/C (Pirzynski/McLemore)�to accept the Orders of the Day.

  
4.

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

A.� Employees of the Month for June 2004

Chairperson Gage presented awards to Carlos Ugarte, Chaboya Operations,�Don Angus, North Operations, as Employees of the Month for June 2004, and John Rolland as Supervisor of the Quarter.� Francesca Kolling, Administration Employee of the Month, was unable to attend.�

B.��Caltrain Service Presentation

Ms. Rita Haskin, Caltrain Chief Communications Officer, provided a presentation regarding the Caltrain Communications Plan for Caltrains Baby Bullet, Revamped Service, and Weekend Return.� Ms. Haskin noted that Caltrain has launched a public information campaign that includes notice to current passengers, information to media, and providing station ambassadors.� Ms. Haskin thanked VTA staff for their participation as station ambassadors.

Ms. Haskin briefly discussed the improvements in Caltrain including the redesigned timetable with the weekend service, safety reminders, new operator and conductor uniforms, and faster service.� She noted the marketing campaign strategies such as ads in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, banners, other displays, high-density mailer, ticket-by-mail, customer request insert, and free Caltrain weekend service for the next two weekends.

Board Member Cortese arrived at the meeting 5:40 p.m.

Ms. Haskin emphasized that the new Baby Bullet service saves about 39 minutes one-way.� Ms. Haskin noted that the Kick-Off event for the Baby Bullet is�June 4, 2004.� Ms. Haskin added that riders will receive a commemorative ticket.�

VTA Board Member and Caltrain Joint Powers Board Chairperson McLemore thanked Ms. Haskin for the presentation and invited everyone to take advantage of the free Caltrain service on the next two weekends.� Board Member McLemore recognized the hard work of all parties involved and noted that Caltrains ridership increased 10 percent from last month.�

Margaret Okuzumi, Bay Rail Alliance, recognized Caltrain for the ad campaign and for adding service without an increase in budget.

  
5.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Marylou Avanzino, Interested Citizen, expressed concern for the safety of citizens and congestion associated with the bus stop at Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital.�� �Ms. Avanzino urged that the problem be addressed by moving the bus stop when money is available.�

Robert DeMasi, Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital, expressed concern on the bus stop at Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital and noted that parked buses become a hazard because they block half of the street.� Mr. DeMasi requested moving the bus stop half a block down the street as soon as money is available.

Eugene Bradley, VTA Riders Union, noted that Santa Cruz buses have Global Positioning System (GPS) and stated that VTA should have the same system.��Mr. Bradley noted that having a GPS might improve ridership.

Big John, Interested Citizen, expressed concern on fare increase and noted that it would cause hardship to people.�

  
5.X.

PAC Chairpersons Report

Yoriko Kishimoto, PAC Vice Chairperson, reported a summary of the PAC�May 13, 2004 meeting highlighting on:� 1. Committees discussion regarding the possibility of operating smaller buses in some communities; 2. � Committees formation of an Ad-Hoc Committee for BART Extension to Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara Project; 3.� Committees request to provide input on the financial/expenditure plan for� 2000 Measure A, and; 4. Committees recommendation to the Board to set the Congestion Management Program Member Agency fee at seven percent over the FY 2003/04 amended amount.

  

CONSENT AGENDA

Chairperson Gage removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda: Agenda Item #19., Approve the programming of $3.2 million in Local Program Reserve funds to the County of Santa Claras Montague Expressway Widening Project and $558,000 in Local Program Reserve Funds for construction of a soundwall on I-680 at Jacklin Road, and authorize the General Manager to enter into funding agreements with the County of Santa Clara and the Alameda Congestion Management Agency.
  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

9.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Appointments/Reappointments

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to ratify the appointment of John Carpenter representing the City of Mountain View and the reappointments of Curt Riffle representing the City of Los Altos, David Kobayashi representing the County of Santa Clara, Marc Jensen representing the Town of Los Gatos, Jim Stallman representing the City of Saratoga, Herman Wadler representing the City of Campbell, Bill Reisinger representing the
City of Milpitas, John Sullivan representing the City of Santa Clara, Bart Thielges representing the City of San Jose, Thomas Muniz representing the City of Gilroy, and�Joe Walton representing the City of Cupertino to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) for the term ending June 30, 2006.�

  
10.

1996 Measure B Transportation Improvement Program (MBTIP) I-880 Widening Ancillary Contract and Soundwall Project Construction Contract Award

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with�R. M. Harris Co., Inc., the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $639,176 for construction of the I-880 Widening Ancillary Contract and Soundwall Project.

  
11.

Legislative Positions: AB 2085 (Montanez)

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to adopt a support position for AB 2085 (Montanez), which increases the base fine for stopping on the tracks of a railroad grade crossing from $101 to $311.�

  
12.

TransLink� Funding Agreement

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to authorize the General Manager to enter into a funding agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to receive a grant for TransLink� Site Preparation activities.��

  
13.

Lease Agreement for Walk-Up Copier Services

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to authorize the General Manager to award a contract to Stringer Business Systems for the lease of walk-up photocopiers, for a three-year period in the amount of $502,110 and for two additional one-year options in the amount of $137,537 per year for a total of $777,185.��

  
14.

Legislative Positions: SB 1210 (Torlakson)

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to adopt a support position for SB 1210 (Torlakson), which extends for five years and expands a successful Caltrans pilot program involving the use of design-sequencing contracts for state highway projects.

  
15.

Legislative Positions:� �SCA 20 (Torlakson)

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to adopt a support position for SCA 20 (Torlakson), which would change the California Constitution to make it more difficult for the Legislature to suspend or borrow money from Proposition 42.�

  
16.

Amendment to Contract with Santa Clara Valley Highway Associates (VHA) for Project Controls, Right-of-Way Engineering and Construction Management Services for Route 87 (North) HOV Project

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to authorize the General Manager to amend the contract with Santa Clara Valley Highway Associates for project controls, right-of-way engineering and construction management services supporting construction of the Route 87 (North) HOV Project for an amount not to exceed $4,932,000 and establishing a new total contract value of $25,109,522; and extend the term of the contract through March 2007.�

  
17.

Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Funds for Passenger Information System

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to adopt Resolution No. 04.06.09 authorizing the General Manager to execute a Program Supplement agreement with the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Integration Program funds.� �The amount of federal funds is $1,572,842 and will be used for the development of the core elements of a real-time passenger information system.��

  
18.

FY 2004-05 Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) 60% Regional Fund Applications

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to adopt Resolution No. 04.06.10 authorizing filing of applications for Transportation Fund for Clean Air 60% Regional funds to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and authorize the General Manager to execute the Funding Agreements upon receipt from BAAQMD.����

  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

19.

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

Approve the programming of $3.2 million in Local Program Reserve funds to the County of Santa Claras Montague Expressway Widening Project and $558,000 in Local Program Reserve Funds for construction of a soundwall on I-680 at Jacklin Road, and authorize the General Manager to enter into funding agreements with the County of Santa Clara and the Alameda Congestion Management Agency.�

  
20.

Proposed Process and Criteria for Programming Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) Funds to Local Streets and Roads Rehabilitation Projects in 2005/06 and 2006/07

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to adopt the proposed process and criteria for programming Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to local streets and roads rehabilitation projects in 2005/06 and 2006/07.

  
21.

Community Design and Transportation Program, Planning Grants Program Application Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to approve the procedures and Evaluation Criteria for selecting and awarding for the Community Design and Transportation (CDT) Program Planning Grants.��

  
22.

FY 2004/05 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Project Priorities���������������

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to approve the project priorities for the 2004/05 Countywide Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 program.

  
23.

Contract for Monitoring and Conformance Program Services

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with Dowling Associates, Inc., for Monitoring and Conformance Program services.� �The contract will be to provide program services for three Monitoring and Conformance cycles over a three-year period with an option for one two-year contract extension.� Program services for the 2004 Monitoring and Conformance cycle shall be a time and materials contract with not to exceed amount of $150,000.� The contract for the subsequent two cycles after year 2004 shall not have a not to exceed amount of�� $160,000.

  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

24.

Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Agreement for Railroad Modification at Great Mall Drive

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to authorize the General Manager to execute agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) in a not to exceed contract amount of $505,337 for purchase of UPRR right-of-way and construction of railroad crossing modifications at the Great Mall Drive (Escort Drive) and Main Street intersection.

  
25.

Transfer of Tasman East and Capitol Parcels to Cities and Utility Companies

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to authorize the General Manager to execute grants of fee parcels and Public Service Easements (PSE) rights for approximately 300 parcels to the City of San Jose, City of Milpitas and various utility companies at no cost to the cities or utility companies.�

  
26.

Vasona Light Rail Project Amendment to the San Jose Diridon Station to Winchester Station Construction Contract

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas)�to authorize the General Manager to increase� authorized funding for the Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., civil construction contract from San Jose Diridon Station to Winchester Station by an amount of $2,000,000 to accommodate third party change requests for a new contract amount of $31,568,701.� This contract is 74 percent federally funded.�

  
27.

Real Property Appraisal and Appraisal Review Services for Capital Projects

M/S/C (Gonzales/Casas) to authorize the General Manager to execute contracts for Real Property Appraisal and Appraisal Review Services, as needed, with the following firms or individuals:� �Appraisal Research Corporation, Burchard & Rinehart, Charles Bailey & Associates, Inc., Dana Property Analysis, Dean Chapman & Associates, Inc., Diaz, Diaz & Boyd, Inc., Patrick Idiart & Associates, The Reitman Group, Thomas W. Ryland,�Smith & Associates and Jonathon R. Strong.� Each contract shall be for an initial�three-year period with options for two additional years.� The five-year total for all contracts shall not exceed $4,000,000.�

  
  
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REGULAR AGENDA

  
19.

Program Local Program Reserve Funds to Montague Expressway Widening and���� �I-680 Soundwall Gap at Jacklin Road

John Ristow, Program and Highway Administration Deputy Director, provided a summary and explained that there are two parts of the memo:� the first returns the commitment to the Montague Expressway Widening project, and the second requests for funds to close a soundwall gap associated with the I-680 Widening Project.� Mr. Ristow stated that the soundwall gap is located at Jacklin Road in Milpitas.�

Lita Gabriel, Interested Citizen, requested the Board to approve closure of the soundwall gap.�

Manuel Gabriel, Interested Citizen, stated that the sound is becoming louder and noted that the neighborhood needs the soundwall.�

M/S/C (McHugh/Dixon) to approve the programming of $3.2 million in Local Program Reserve funds to the County of Santa Claras Montague Expressway Widening Project and $558,000 in Local Program Reserve Funds for construction of a soundwall on I-680 at Jacklin Road, and to authorize the General Manager to enter into funding agreements with the County of Santa Clara and the Alameda Congestion Management Agency.

Board Members Dando and Gonzales left their seats at 6:09 p.m.

  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - Jane P. Kennedy

Board Members Dando and Gonzales took their seats at 6:10 p.m.
Ex-Officio Board Member Beall arrived at the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

  
28.

Amendment of FY 2003-04 and FY 2004-05 Operating and Capital Budgets and FY 2004-05 Fare Adjustment

Board Member Williams, Administration and Finance Committee Chairperson, provided a brief overview of the budget. Board Member Williams noted staff projections and stated that reserves will be approximately $32 million at the end of FY 2005. This reflects an issuance of $18 million of debt for FY 2005. He further stated that about $62 million will be available for use in FY 2006-07.

Board Member Williams briefly discussed the items in the operating revenue budget highlighting the reduction of Measure A Debt proceeds of $32 million for Operations in FY 2004 and $28 million in FY 2005, transfer of $22 million of Measure A Repayment for 2001 purchase of light rail vehicles from FY 2004 and FY 2005, and reduction of preventive maintenance by $3.2 million in FY 2004 with an increase of $5.2 million by FY 2005.

On the operating expense budget, Board Member Williams noted that wages and benefits were reduced by $7.5 million in FY 2004 and a net decrease of $3.9 million in FY 2005. Board Member Williams also noted the increase in fuel and the concerns raised regarding the Paratransit Services budget reduction.

Gerald Rosenquist, Acting Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the main changes in the Biennial Budget. Mr. Rosenquist reported that the overall financing revenue increased by $1 million. Mr. Rosenquist also noted that the cost of fuel increased by $2 million due to higherrates per gallon.

Peter M. Cipolla, General Manager, noted that the Board reviews the Biennial Budget every six months to evaluate impacts and make adjustments to the budget. Mr. Cipolla noted that this second revision of the budget made significant impacts on the operating and capital budget. Mr. Cipolla noted that the four elements of the Budget Amendment are: Operating Revenue Budget, Operating Expense Budget, Capital Project Budget, and Fare Modifications. Mr. Cipolla referred to the Fare Modification and noted that staff’s recommendation on fare increase for January 2005 is reflective of the Board adopted Fare Policy.

Board Member Williams inquired about the percentage increase for youth fares. Mr. Cipolla responded that discounts were great in previous years and a major adjustment is needed to align the fares to the adopted Fare Policy. Mr. Cipolla cited the December 2003 Board adoption of the Fare Policy and stated that the percentage relationship of youth fares to the base fare was increased to reduce the percentage relationship of senior and disabled fares. Mr. Cipolla noted that after this first adjustment is implemented, the increases would be aligned to a more consistent and less significant increase in the future.

Kevin Kittila, Interested Citizen, noted that the fare increase is unfair and stated that the people will not be able to afford the proposed fares.

Board Member Dando left her seat at 6:21 p.m.

Joseph Iwami, VTA Employee, commented that raising fares is punishing people who are in need. Mr. Iwami commended the Board for deferring the fare increase last year. Mr. Iwami suggested stopping shuttle services for private agencies and urged the Board to be more innovative and creative in solving problems.

Board Member Dando took her seat at 6:22 p.m.

Graham Clark, Fremont Union High School District, read a letter from the Superintendent. Mr. Clark highlighted that the cost of the proposed youth fare increase will cause greater financial shortfall to the school district’s budget and will inevitably force further cuts in staff and programs.

Chris Clark, Interested Citizen, expressed concern about the fare increase and noted that people would not be able to afford riding a bus.

Lupe Medrano, San Jose State University and Interested Citizen, inquired about the source of the statistics in the memo. Ms. Medrano noted that the fare increase causes undue hardship to people.

Chairperson Gage left his seat at 6:27 p.m.
Chairperson Gage took his seat at 6:28 p.m.

Mr. Bradley expressed disappointment on the proposed fare increase and service cuts. Mr. Bradley noted that cost of the new fares will cost the same as driving.

Alicia Shreffer, San Jose City College (SJCC) and Students for Justice (SFJ), distributed a copy of a resolution entitled Resolution in Support of Save our Transit: Phase II. She noted that transit fares should be affordable.

David Dias, American Lung Association of Santa Clara-San Benito Counties, commented that the youth should be encouraged to use transit.

Stuart Cohen, Transportation and Land Use Coalition, distributed a hand out entitled VTA’s Fare Hikes: Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Mr. Cohen commented that the Fare Policy should be looked at on a long-term basis and the farebox recovery ratio goal should be implemented within five years and not immediately.

Nathan Cardon, Grace Baptist Church, stated that fares should be reduced.

Board Member McLemore and Ex-Officio Board Member Beall left their seats at 6:35 p.m.

Latoria Williams, SJCC and SFJ, noted concern that service is declining while fares are increasing. Ms. Williams noted that the proposed fare increase will make transit more inaccessible; she further noted that increasing fares will not increase ridership.

Theresa Barnes, Transportation Coalition, noted that people cannot save money if there will be fare hikes.

Board Member Casas left his seat at 6:37 p.m.

Robert Carvalho, Interested Citizen, distributed a hand out entitled Farebox Recovery Ratio Analysis, VTA Compared to Local Peer Operators. Mr. Carvalho urged that the overhead costs be reduced.

Board Member Casas took his seat at 6:38 p.m.

Herman Schmitz-Salue, Interested Citizen, noted that there is a need for bus and that people should be encouraged to use public transportation. Given the economic situation, he stated that it is not the best time to increase fares and urged the Board to expand service and not to increase fares.

Board Member Gonzales left his seat at 6:40 p.m.

Ms. Okuzumi stated that the people will suffer if the fare increase is approved. Ms. Okuzumi noted that VTA should find other solutions other than increasing fares.

Donna Wallach, Justice for Palestinians, stated that increasing the already expensive bus fares is inappropriate. Ms. Wallach noted that the bus system is inefficient. Ms. Wallach suggested putting pressure on the federal government to stop the war and funnel the money back to counties and cities.

Board Members Gonzales and McLemore and Ex-Officio Board Member Beall took their seats at 6:42p.m.

Darlene Wallach, Justice for Palestinians, stated that the current bus system only serves the rich and not the poor. Ms. Wallach stated that VTA should start serving the community.

Tom Fink, Amalgated Transit Union Local 265, recognized the need to increase farebox recovery but cautioned that the proposed fare increases might decrease ridership.

Jenny Huang, Public Advocates Inc., commented that VTA ignored transit needs of the majority. Ms. Huang noted that the fare increase makes transit more unaffordable and inaccessible. Ms. Huang noted that VTA should identify other just alternatives in solving the problem.

Lowell Grattan, Interested Citizen, cited an excerpt about transit plan and fare increases. Mr. Grattan distributed a copy of a report entitled What to Expect in a Good Transit Plan and How to Critique a Poor One. Mr. Grattan noted that the people were promised a light rail that runs 60 miles per hour; he suggested pausing the light rail service and focusing on the buses.

Board Member Cortese left his seat at 6:47 p.m.

Marco Lopez, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), noted the need for public transportation and urged the Board to make decisions that are just and humane.

Board Member McHugh left his seat at 6:50 p.m.

Lindsey Leong, California for Justice (CFJ), La Raza Student Alliance SJCC, expressed concern that the Board does not listen to public comments. Ms. Leong stressed the need for public transportation.

Christopher Lepe, Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC), noted that the savings described in the memo should be used to augment fares instead of raising fares. Mr. Lepe stated that VTA should increase productiveness and not penalize bus riders by increasing fares.

Manuel Aparicio, Interested Citizen, urged the Board to consider the vulnerable people in their decision to increase fares. Mr. Aparicio stated that fares should be lowered to increase ridership.

Robin Anderson, VTA Riders Union, stated that fares should not be increased. Mr. Anderson stated that VTA should cut administration costs. Mr. Anderson noted that light rail should be stopped and service should be expanded.

Bruce Stevens, Interested Citizen, advised that there is not enough signage to let people know that they need to pay in order to ride the light rail.

Ricardo Rivas, Interested Citizen, expressed concern that the fare increase will affect the youth of Santa Clara County.

Yevgeniy Lysyy, Interested Citizen, suggested taking monies from Measure A for bus service. Mr. Lysyy stated that the bus service should be expanded. Mr. Lysyy noted that drivers should drive smart in order to save fuel.

Adiya Hines, SFJ, expressed concern that people might move out the County due to the higher cost of living.

Board Members Cortese and McHugh took their seats at 7:05 p.m.
Board Member Williams left his seat at 7:05 p.m.

Rose Deterding, Visionary Lions, recognized the need for a fare increase but noted that the proposed increase will make it harder for people with fixed income. She expressed her dislike of the light rail system.

Zak Cribari, Interested Citizen, expressed concern on mismanagement of money. Mr. Cribari noted that people do not deserve to suffer for the choices that the Board has made. Mr. Cribari urged the Board to take the public comments into consideration.

Jerry Grace, Interested Citizen, cautioned VTA that riders might not take the bus service anymore.

Board Member Gonzales left his seat at 7:10 p.m.

Alicia Dominguez, CFJ, expressed concern on fare increases and noted that VTA might lose riders if fares are increased.

Board Members Gonzales and Williams took their seats at 7:11 p.m.

Chairperson Gage noted that raising fares is a complicated and difficult decision. Chairperson Gage explained that 80 percent of VTA’s revenue comes from sales tax and noted that sales tax for the last ten quarters is low. Chairperson Gage stated that VTA charged lower fares compared to other transit agencies in the past, but has to start charging reasonable fares now to balance VTA’s finances.

Board Member Casas thanked staff for the report. Board Member Casas noted his support for a successful bus system but expressed opposition to the fare increase. He noted concern that the fare increase will negatively impact the community and stated he could not support the recommendation to increase fares.

Board Member Gonzales noted his support for the fare increase. He explained that since sales tax is the sole source of VTA revenue, there is no other way to maintain VTA’s long-term financial health except to raise fares. Board Member Gonzales stressed that ridership is impacted by employment and noted that employment levels in the County have not substantially improved. Board Member Gonzales reviewed the past fare rates and stated that VTA has significantly subsidized fares for a long time. Board Member Gonzales noted that the current financial situation cannot subsidize fares any longer and emphasized that the farebox recovery ratio must be improved as it is an important piece of moving to financial stability.

Board Member Cortese affirmed support for the fare increase. Board Member Cortese commented that the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee met every week for nine months last year to create recommendations such as the Fare Policy. He noted that the effort of the Ad-Hoc Financial Stability Committee, including the various stakeholders involved in the nine-month discussions, should be respected.

Board Member McHugh referred to Page 19 and inquired how long after the fare increase will the ridership be back to normal. Mr. Cipolla responded that there is usually an incremental decline in ridership after a fare increase but ridership usually comes back after two to three months.

Board Member McHugh inquired about the increase for ECO Pass. Mr. Cipolla replied that based on the Fare Policy, staff will make recommendation on the ECO Pass rates next year based on the average revenue of this year.

Chairperson Gage suggested a minor change on the youth monthly pass that will change the amount from $52 to $49, noting that this amount is still consistent with the Board’s Fare Policy.

Board Member Williams expressed appreciation to the public for making their voices heard. Board Member Williams requested a status report on progress of the model and its relation to staff projections, and he further requested staff to continue looking for alternatives to minimize impacts. Board Member Williams noted that the fare increase is an important component to maintain the bus service. Board Member Williams requested the public to bear with the Board’s decision.

Board Member Pirzynski noted support of the fare increase. Board Member Pirzynski emphasized the need to establish credibility with the public. He noted that the policies adopted by the Board should be implemented to create financial stability.

Board Member McLemore complimented staff for their diligent work. Board Member McLemore expressed opposition to the fare increase and explained that it will cause extreme hardship to people.

M/S/C (Williams/Gonzales) on a vote of 9 ayes to 2 noes to 0 abstentions to: 1. Approve the amendment of FY 2003 –2004 and FY 2004 – 2005 biennial operating and capital budgets; 2. Adopt a finding that a fare increase is necessary to meet operating expenses, including employee wages and fringe benefits and purchasing or leasing supplies, equipment, or materials; 3. Invoke a Statutory Exemption under CEQA, P. R. C. �21080(b)(8) and CEQA Guidelines Section 15273(a) (Rates, Tolls, Fares and Charges) for the purpose of modifying and increasing fares; and 4. Adopt Resolution No. 04.06.11 establishing new rates and fares for VTA bus, light rail, and paratransit services effective January 1, 2005 with an amendment to change the youth monthly pass amount from $52 to $49. Board Members Casas and McLemore opposed.

Chairperson Gage thanked the public for participating in the Board Meeting.

  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - Judy Nadler

29.

(Deferred to the August 5, 2004 Regular Board of Directors Meeting.)

Approve the FY 2004-05 Congestion Management Program (CMP) Work Program and Amended Budget.

  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - Manuel Valerio

30.

Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project Yards & Shops Preliminary Engineering

M/S/C (Cortese/McLemore) on a vote of 10 ayes to 1 noes to 0 abstentations to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with STV, Inc., for Yard & Shops design services for the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit (SVRT) Project in an amount not to exceed $11,000,000 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 2.3 percent ($250,000) federally funded.� Board Member Casas opposed.

  
31.

Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project Preliminary Engineering Design Integration

M/S/C (Cortese/McLemore)�on a vote of 10 ayes to 1 noes to 0 abstentations to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. to provide Design Integration services for the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit (SVRT) Project in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 for the Preliminary Engineering phase.� The initial contract term will be for 24 months with future amendments to be presented to the Board for continued Design Integration services after approval to begin final design for the SVRT Project is determined.� This contract is currently five percent ($250,000) federally funded.� Board Member Casas opposed.

  
  
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OTHER ITEMS

32. ITEMS OF CONCERN AND REFERRAL TO ADMINISTRATION

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

Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.
  
34. SUMMARY MINUTES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

A.�� Administration and Finance Committee

����� Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B.� Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee

����� Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C.� Transit Planning and Operations Committee

����� Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
35. REPORTS FROM ADVISORY COMMITTEES

A.�Committee for Transit Accessibility (CTA)

���� Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

B.�Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

���� Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C.�Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

�� �Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

D.�Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

�� �Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

E.�Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

���� Accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
36. REPORTS FROM JOINT POWERS BOARDS (JPBs) & REGIONAL COMMISSIONS

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

A. Peninsula Corridor JPB

On order of Chairperson Gage , there being no objection, the Peninsula Corridor JPB Report was received.

B. Capitol Corridor JPB

On order of Chairperson Gage , there being no objection, the Capitol Corridor JPB Report was received.

C. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

On order of Chairperson Gage , there being no objection, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Report was received.

  
37. REPORTS FROM VTA POLICY ADVISORY BOARDS (PABs)

A.��� Vasona Light Rail PAB

�������There was no report from the Vasona Light Rail PAB.

B.���� Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor PAB

�������Accepted�as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C.��� Downtown East Valley PAB��

����� Accepted�as contained in the Agenda Packet

D.�� Highway PAB South

���� There was no report from the Highway PAB South.

E.��Dumbarton Rail Corridor Policy Committee

���� Accepted�as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
38. REPORT FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

There was no report from the Chairperson.
  
39. REPORT FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

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

Chairperson Gage announced that VTA Board of Directors and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Joint Meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2004, at 9:00 a.m.
  
41. ADJOURNMENT

On order of Chairperson Gage, there being no objection, the meeting was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine F. Baltao, Board Assistant
VTA Board of Directors

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

  
  
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