ITEMS OF CONCERN AND REFERRAL TO ADMINISTRATION
A. (Deferred to the May 5, 2005 Regular Board of Directors Meeting)
Discuss strategies for continuous improvement for VTA as we lay groundwork for a new General Manager (Vice-Chairperson Chavez request from the March 3, 2005 Board of Directors Meeting.)
The agenda was taken out of order.
Member Livengood left his seat at 6:36 p.m.
19.X. Approved a request from the City of San Jose for support from the VTA Board of Directors to authorize the General Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with the Canary Enterprises/San Jos� Grand Prix to accommodate the San Jos� Grand Prix race event and mitigate impacts to transit operations.
Member Livengood took his seat at 6:38 p.m.
Member Cortese left his seat at 6:39 p.m.
Requested VTA staff work quickly to reach agreements with the City of
Requested VTA and the City of San Jose work collaboratively to educate the public regarding probable disruption of transit service.
Member Cortese took his seat at 6:42 p.m.
Expressed concern that staff not be bound by Board of Directors approval of the request from the City of San Jose for support from the VTA Board of Directors to authorize the General Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with the Canary Enterprises/ San Jos� Grand Prix to accommodate the San Jos� Grand Prix race event and mitigate impacts to transit operations.
Member Gage left his seat at 6:45 p.m.
Member Chu left his seat at 6:46 p.m.
Expressed concern that VTA receive full cost recovery.
Member Gage took his at 6:47 p.m.
Member Chu took his at 6:48 p.m.
Advised that VTA will not be asked to encumber any cost and noted that VTA should see a benefit in revenue and ridership through the Grand Prix Event. Noted the importance of public education and stressed the opportunity for VTA to utilize its marketing skills.
Ex-Officio Member McLemore left his seat at 6:49 p.m.
Niel Struthers, Building Construction Trades Council, urged support for the motion.
Eugene Bradley, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Riders Union, urged rejection of the current proposal and suggested moving the Grand Prix Event to Coyote Valley.
Member Kniss left her seat at 6:50 p.m.
Jay Kerby, Interested Citizen, expressed concern that businesses and residents will be negatively impacted by the race.
Member Kniss took her seat at 6:53 p.m.
Zakhary Cribari, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Rider Union, urged the Board of Directors to avoid service interruptions and suggested moving the event to another area.
Member Casas left his seat at 6:54 p.m.
Mr. Kerr requested the Board of Directors direct staff to make a marketing effort part of the negotiations and suggested imposing a deadline for staff with regard to finalizing the terms of agreement.
Member Casas took his at 6:56 p.m.
Noted the Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held on the same weekend and suggested a partnership.
Ex-Officio Member McLemore took his seat at 6:58 p.m.
Commended VTA staff for their work with the City of San Jose and suggested a deadline be put in place for staff to work with the City of San Jose to reach an agreement. Further suggested a debriefing on ridership strategies and a review of ridership spikes with this and similar large events that take place in the downtown area each year.
B. Adopted Resolution No. 05.03.04to oppose the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board proposal for terminating Caltrain service to the CollegePark Station in
Member Chavez left the meeting at 7:08 p.m.
Alternate Member Yeager assumed the seat of the of San Jose representative at 7:08 pm
Mr. Bradley expressed support for the proposal to keep the College Park Caltrain Station open.
Elizabeth Monley, Interested Citizen, expressed support for a motion to keep the College Park Caltrain Station open.
Gerald Wade, Interested Citizen, expressed support for the motion to keep the College Park Caltrain Station open.
Martha O‘Rourke, Interested Citizen, expressed concern regarding placing a limitation on the number of pick-up times and expressed support for the motion to keep the College Park Caltrain Station open.
Suzanne Couch, Interested Citizen, urged support of the motion to keep the College Park Caltrain Station open.
Distributed and provided an overview of an e-mail regarding reductions in Caltrain service and station closures.
Suggested a cover letter from the VTA Board of Directors Chairperson to request that the full scope of reductions in Caltrain service and station closures be reviewed.
Member Cortese left the meeting at 7:33 p.m.