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Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority


BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

September 29, 2005

Minutes

1.

CALLED TO ORDER

The Regular Meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA)Board of Directors was called to order by Chairperson Pirzynski at 5:35 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, County Government Center, and 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California.

  
2.

ROLL CALL

Members Present
Nora Campos
Cindy Chavez, Vice Chairperson
Dean Chu
Don Gage
Ron Gonzales
Liz Kniss
Bob Livengood
Jamie Matthews
John McLemore, Ex-Officio
Joe Pirzynski, Chairperson
Forrest Williams

Members Absent
Jim Beall, Ex- Officio
David Casas
David Cortese

Alternates Present
Dennis Kennedy, Alternate
Breene Kerr, Alternate
Pete McHugh, Alternate

Alternates Absent
Dolly Sandoval, Alternate
Ken Yeager, Alternate

* Alternates do not serve unless participating as a Member.

A quorum was present.

  
3.

ADJOURNED TO CLOSED SESSION at 5:37 p.m.

A. Existing Litigation - Conference with Legal Counsel
[Government Code Section 54956.9(a)]

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority v. Mission West Shoreline, LLC 
(Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 1-02-CV 810069)
(Eminent Domain) 

  
3.X. ADDENUM TO AGENDA

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL-ANTICIPATED LITIGATION 

Initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (c) of Government Code
Section 54956.9: (1 case)

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority v. Mission West Shoreline, LLC 

(Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 1-02-CV 810069) (Eminent Domain)

RECONVENED TO OPEN SESSION at 5:49 p.m.

  
4.

CLOSED SESSION REPORT

There was no reportable action taken during Closed Session.

  
5.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

Chairperson Pirzynski requested the following Agenda Item be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda: Item #17. Approve the consultant contract with Economic Research associates (ERA) to analyze joint development opportunities at future BART stations in Santa Clara County.  The contract will be for a maximum one-year period with a total value not to exceed $250,000.

Chairperson Pirzynski noted that staff requested the following Agenda Item be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda. Item #20. Authorize the General Manager to extend the contract with Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, Inc., for operation of the Tamien Child Care Center for two additional years, from October 23, 2005 to October 22, 2007 in the amount of $41,000.

Chairperson Pirzynski noted that staff requested the following Agenda Item be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda. Item #22.  Approve the following list of consultants, which will be valid for a five-year period, and authorize the General Manager to execute contracts for business goodwill appraisals for Valley Transportation Plan 2030 projects.   Each contract shall be for an initial three-year period with options for two additional years with a total value not to exceed $550,000.  Federal funds may be utilized to fund contracts if task orders are executed for federally funded capital improvement projects.  Qualified consultants are:  Desmond, Marcello & Amster, San Francisco, CA; Donna Desmond Associates, Los Angeles, CA; Girbovan, Inc., (dba Integra Tech), Westlake Village, CA; Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, Sherman Oaks, CA; Marshall & Stevens Inc., San Francisco, CA; Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc., Sacramento, CA.

M/S/C (Chavez/Matthews) to accept the Orders of the Day.

  
6.

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

A.  Employees of the Month for October 2005

Chairperson Pirzynski presented   award to Ronald “Ron” Schwartz, River Oaks Administration, as VTA Employee of the Month for October 2005.   Michael Mara, Chaboya Operations; and Russell Tabaldo, Chaboya Maintenance were unable to attend.

B. Resolution of Commendation No. 05.08.12 for Retiring VTA Employee  Ron Compton

Chairperson PirzynskipresentedResolution of Commendation No. 05.08.12 to Retiring VTA employee Ron Compton.

C. Resolution of Commendation for Retiring VTA Employee Denise High

M/S/C (Williams/Campos) to adoptResolution of Commendation No. 05.09.17forRetiring VTA Employee Denise High.

D.  Domestic Violence Awareness Month

M/S/C (Campos/Williams) to adopt Resolution No. 05.09.18 recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Board Member Nora Campos invited everyone to the Eighth Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence September 30, 2005.   The walk commences at 200 East Santa Clara Street and continues for 1.8 miles.  The credo is “ Speak up, Save Lives.”  Board Member Campos stressed the importance of community awareness as domestic violence touches all socio - economic walks of life.

Board Member Forrest Williams noted the importance of community involvement in the eradication of domestic violence   He stated socio-economic levels have no bearing with domestic violence.  Board Member Williams encouraged everyone to participate in the walk and strive for a violence-free society.

  
7.

REPORT FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

Mr. Michael T. Burns, General Manager, provided a report, highlighting:

  1. Meeting with the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury, visiting the River Oaks campus and toured the Cerone Division ZERO emission bus facility and touring Guadalupe Light Rail Division and received a third quarter performance report.
  2. New Starts Submission Criteria on ridership projections to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor (SVRTC) summarizing the submission implementing the FTA approved Regional Demand Model projecting ridership increases of 30 percent annually of weekday boardings in 2030, and increasing the $450 million to cover additional vehicles, and parking spaces including escalation factored in creating a VTA scenario for Board approval November 2005. 
  3. VTA received recognition from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the National Clean Bus Network as a national clean bus leader.   VTA received the award for actively demonstrating the many benefits of cleaner buses through the ZERO emission bus program, VTA received a Certificate of Recognition and a Letter of Commendation.
  4. An alternative fuel vehicle display sponsored by the California Fuel Cell Partnership, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Sustainable Silicon Valley was held at San Jose State University.
  5. Marketing campaign to increase ridership numbers on public transportation, illustrating money saving advantage of public transportation with regards to the rising cost of fuel for personal vehicles, car cards in buses, in print media, and radio advertising are the methods of advertising this campaign.
  6. VTA Hispanic cultural celebration was held at River Oaks with Board Member Nora Campos as the guest speaker, inspiring everyone to build community   involvement, value diversity, and share our resources.   Board of Directors Chairperson Joe Pirzynski also attended the festivities.
  7. Fund drive for Hurricane Katrina victims has been very successful with employees generously donating over $21,000 and additionally donating 27 homemade quilts for the victims.
  8. Vasona Light Rail inaugural service and ceremony will be held Saturday October 1, 2005 at the downtown Campbell Light Rail Station with the arrival of the inaugural train departing San Jose Convention Station.   Everyone is invited and all transportation on the Vasona Light Rail is free all day Saturday till midnight.   Free passes have been mailed to households within a half-mile of the corridor to familiarize riders with the new route, a media campaign is outreaching to the general public.
  9. Board Member Williams attended the APTA Conference and at the closing dinner addressed the attendees, inviting them to San Jose in 2006.   VTA and the City of San Jose are partnering to host the APTA Conference in 2006 at the San Jose Fairmont and San Jose Marriott Hotels.
  
8.

Hearing – Notice of Intention to Adopt a Resolution of Necessity

John Ristow, Deputy Director Programming and Highway Administration, stated that Item #8 concerns property to be acquired for construction for the Route 85/101 North Interchange in Mountain View.   The need and necessity for acquiring this property is described in the Board Memorandum. 

Mr. Ristow stated that the Board Memorandum sets forth the findings needed by the Board to adopt the resolution.  The resolution will extend two temporary construction easements through June 30, 2006.  The resolution will authorize the inclusion of the extended easement rights in the pending condemnation proceedings.

The property owner, Mission West Shoreline, LLC was notified of this hearing of the Intention of the Board to adopt the resolution.  Mission West Shoreline, LLC did not appear to address the Board.

Mr. Ristow noted that since the property owner was not present to address the Board, and requested that the Board make the required findings and adopt the Resolution of necessity for the property specified in Agenda Item #8.

Jerry Grace, Interested Citizen, expressed his concern with the potential Mountain View Light Rail Station changes. 

Chairperson Pirzynski read into the record the findings as follows:  1) The public interest and necessity require the Project; 2) The Project is planned or located in the manner that will be the most compatible with the greatest public good and the least private injury;      3) The property described in Exhibits “A” and “B” is necessary for the Project; 4) The offer required by Section 7267.2 (a) of the Government Code was made to the owner or owners of record; 5) All conditions and statutory requirements necessary to exercise the power of eminent domain ( the right to take”) to acquire the property described herein have been complied with by VTA; 6) General Counsel or General Counsel’s duly authorized designee is hereby authorized and directed to institute and conduct to conclusion eminent domain proceedings to acquire the property described in Exhibits “A” and “B”, and to take such actions that counsel deems advisable or necessary in connection therewith.

M/S/C (Gage/Chavez) to close the hearing and adopt Resolution of Necessity   No. 05.09.19   determining that the public interest and necessity require the acquisition of certain additional property located at 1065 – 1085 L’ Avenida Avenue, City of Mountain View, California for temporary construction easement purposes for the Route 85/101 North Interchange Project as follows:

Property ID/Owner/Assessor’s Parcel Number

18908-5,- 7/Mission West Shoreline, LLC/APN: 116-16-077 – Resolution of Necessity No. 05.09.19

  
9.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Tom Fink, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local #265, commented on the financial scenarios presented at the Board of Directors Workshop September 16, 2005.   Mr. Fink stated he is concerned that it appears a 12.4 percent increase is illustrated for bus and Paratransit combined between 2006 and 2018; that there appears to be no increased bus service between 2018 and 2040.   He expressed concern that BRT to Cupertino/Sunnyvale comes on line in 2022 but with no corresponding operations increase.  Mr. Fink expressed concern that the bus system faces a bleak future of service cuts and fare increases. 

Craig Gartman, Gilroy City Councilman, expressed concern that Line #17 that serves the 101/152 new Super Walmart Store in Gilroy only serves the southern most portion of the shopping center.   Mr. Gartman advised with the opening of the new Superstore Walmart VTA is profoundly needed.  He requested a continuation of Line #17 utilizing a loop route through the parking lot would be a temporary solution until the Camino Arroyo Bride is completed in 2007, noting, this additional stop would eliminate the need for pedestrians to cross over eight lanes of traffic to access public transportation. 

Jerry Grace, Interested Citizen, stated that he missed the last meetings because he was injured.

  
10.

Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) Chairperson’s Report

There was no Committee report.

Board Member Livengood left the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Alternate Board Member Kennedy took his seat at 6:31 p.m.

  

CONSENT AGENDA

Board Member Kniss requested that the following Agenda Item was removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda: Item 17.  Approve the consultant contract with Economic Research associates (ERA) to analyze joint development opportunities at future BART stations in Santa Clara County.  The contract shall be for a maximum one-year period with a total value not to exceed $250,000.

Vice Chairperson Chavez requested that the following Agenda Item was removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the Regular Agenda: 20 Authorize the General Manager to extend the contract with Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, Inc., for operation of the Tamien Child Care Center for two additional years, from                October 23, 2005 to October 22, 2007 in the amount of $41,000.

Board Member Kniss requested that the following Agenda Item be removed from the Consent Agenda and placed on the regular Agenda: Item 22 Approve the following list of consultants, which will be valid for a five-year period, and authorize the General Manager to execute contracts for business goodwill appraisals for Valley Transportation Plan 2030 projects. Each contract shall be for an initial three-year period with options for two additional years with a total value not to exceed $550,000.   Federal funds may be utilized to fund contracts if task orders are executed for federally funded capital improvement projects.  Qualified consultants are:  Desmond, Marcello & Amster, San Francisco, CA; Donna Desmond Associates, Los Angeles, CA; Girbovan, Inc., (dba Integra Tech), Westlake Village, CA; Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, Sherman Oaks, CA; Marshall & Stevens Inc., San Francisco, CA; Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc., Sacramento, CA.   

M/S/C (Matthews/Gonzales) to approve the Consent Agenda, as amended.

  
11.

Minutes of the Regular Board of Directors’ Meeting of September 1, 2005

M/S/C (Chavez/Matthews) to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board of Directors’ Meeting of September 1, 2005.

  
 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

12.

Extension of Contract with Hayden J. Lee Consultants, Inc

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to authorize the General Manager to extend the contract with Hayden J. Lee Consultants, Inc. (HJL Consultants) to perform Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification services, contract monitoring, and compliance services associated with DBE participation on VTA contracts for an additional three years in the amount of $130,000 per year, for a total contract amount of $749,000.

  
13.

Planning and Non – Voting Local partner Agreements for the Santa Clara valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to authorize the General Manager to execute a Planning Agreement with the County of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (Local Partners) and wildlife agencies and to execute Non-Voting Partner Agreements with the Cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (Conservation Plan). 

  
14.

Renewal of Benefit Contracts

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to authorize the General Manager to renew benefit contracts with Kaiser, PacifiCare, Valley Health Plan, Delta, Pacific Union Dental, Vision Service Plan, and Custom Benefits Administrators for VTA employees and retirees for calendar year 2006. 

  
15.

Amendment of the Existing Agreement With Verint Video Solutions Inc. (formerly Loronix Information Systems)

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to authorize the General Manager to amend the existing agreement with Verint Video Solutions (formerly Loronix Information Systems) to upgrade Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) on 326 buses and provide maintenance for three years, with an option to extend the maintenance contract on an annual basis for two additional years, increasing the total contract to $2,459,161.   This amendment to the contract will not exceed $772,900 for the first three years and $630,100 for two additional years of maintenance. 

  
16.

Information Technology Consulting Support

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) approve the following list of consultants, which will be valid for five years and authorize the General Manager to enter into task order contracts for technology consulting and support services with each.   Each contract will be for a maximum three-year period, with an option for two additional years with a total contract value not to exceed $3,000,000 for all agreements.  Selected firms are: AIM Training Solutions/Executrain; Booz Allen Hamilton; Cambridge Systematics, Inc.; Ciber, Inc; CMCAmericas,Inc.; DKS Associates; ETouch Systems Corporation; General Networks, Corporation; Lamoreaux-McLendon; MacroCorporation; MyITGroup;Parsons Brinkerhoff Consulting, Inc.; Rapidigm, Inc.; Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc.; Unisys; and Zag Technical Services.

  
17.

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

Approve the consultant contract with Economic Research Associates (ERA) to analyze joint development opportunities at future BART stations in Santa Clara County.   The contract shall be for a maximum one-year period with a total value not to exceed $250,000.

  
18.

Consultant lists for Transportation Planning and Mass Transit Studies

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr)  to approve the following list of six qualified consultants:   Connetics Transportation Group, Atlanta, GA; Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants, San Jose, CA; Hexagon Transportation Consultants, San Jose, CA; IBI Group, San Francisco, CA; Kimley-Horn and Associates, Oakland, CA; and Wilber Smith Associates, San Francisco, CA., which will be valid for a five-year period, and authorize the General Manager to execute task order contracts to perform transportation planning and mass transit studies services for the 2000 Measure A Transit Improvement Program and VTA Joint Development Programs with the listed firms as funds become available for each project.  Each contract will be for a maximum three-year period with an option for two additional years with a total value not to exceed $1,000,000 for all agreements. 

  
19.

Consultant lists for Parking Demand, Traffic Impact & Parking Structure

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to approve the following list of eight qualified consultants: DKS Associates, San Jose, CA; Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants, San Jose, CA; Higgins Associates, Civil & Traffic Engineers, Gilroy, CA; International Parking Design, Inc., Oakland, CA; Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., San Francisco, CA; Kimley-Horn Associates, Oakland, CA; Walker Parking Consultants, San Francisco, CA; and Watry Design, Inc., Redwood City, CA, which will be valid for a five-year period, and authorize the General Manager to execute task order contracts to perform parking demand, traffic impact and parking structure design services for the 2000 Measure A Transit Improvement Program and the VTA Joint Development Program with the listed firms as funds become available for each project.   Each contract will be for a maximum three-year period with an option for two additional years with a total value not to exceed $1,000,000 for all agreements.

  
20.

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

Authorize the General Manager to extend the contract with Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, Inc., for operation of the Tamien Child Care Center for two additional years, from October 23, 2005 to October 22, 2007 in the amount of $41,000.   When development is established at the Tamien site the inclusion of a childcare facility should be considered for evaluation purposes included in the project.

  
 

CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

  
 

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

21.

Card Interface Device Site Preparation Project for Translink

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to authorize the General Manager to execute a contract with HSQ Technology, Inc., the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $1,119,780, for installing the infrastructure to support TransLink´┐Ż Card Interface Devices (CID) located at all VTA Light Rail Stations.   This contract is 88.5 percent federally funded. 

 

  
22.

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

Approve the following list of consultants, which will be valid for a five-year period, and authorize the General Manager to execute contracts for business goodwill appraisals for Valley Transportation Plan 2030 projects.   Each contract shall be for an initial three-year period with options for two additional years with a total value not to exceed $550,000.   Federal funds may be utilized to fund contracts if task orders are executed for federally funded capital improvement projects.   Qualified consultants are:  Desmond, Marcello & Amster, San Francisco, CA; Donna Desmond Associates, Los Angeles, CA;   Girbovan, Inc., (dba Integra Tech), Westlake Village, CA; Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP, Sherman Oaks, CA; Marshall & Stevens Inc., San Francisco, CA;Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc., Sacramento, CA.

 

  
23.

Agreement with Parking Company of America for Los Gatos Community Bus Light Rail Shuttle Service

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to authorize the General Manager to enter into up to six one-month extensions at an estimated cost of $71,000 per month with the Parking Company of America Management, LCC (PCA) for the provision of the Los Gatos Community Bus Light Rail Shuttle Service (Lines 48 and 49).

  
  
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REGULAR AGENDA

  

The Agenda was taken out of order.

17.  Consultant Contract for Joint Development Opportunity Study

Member Kniss suggested that requesting these funds at this time is premature. 
Member Kniss advised the Expenditure Plan has not been approved for the Measure A Projects, BART completion date has not yet been established, and the Federal New Start Funding has not been secured. She noted that given the status of the BART Project it seems that Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is premature especially with market conditions rapidly changing.   Member Kniss noted that goodwill appraisal services are a concern if goodwill must be paid for businesses and services along the Corridor.

M/S/C (Gonzales/Kerr) to approve the consultant contract with Economic Research Associates (ERA) to analyze joint development opportunities at future BART stations in Santa Clara County.   The contract shall be for a maximum one-year period with a total value not to exceed $250,000.

  
20.

Extension of Contract with Bright Horizons to Operate the Tamien Child Care Center

Vice Chairperson Cindy Chavez thanked VTA staff for their hard work to develop this contract with Bright Horizons. She requested that as the Tamien Project is developed, childcare facilities are included for evaluation purposes and ultimately built into the new project. 

M/S/C (Chavez/Matthews) to authorize the General Manager to extend the contract with Bright Horizons Children’s Centers, Inc., for operation of the Tamien Child Care Center for two additional years, from October 23, 2005 to October 22, 2007 in the amount of $41,000.   When development is established at the Tamien site the inclusion of a childcare facility should be considered for evaluation purposes included in the project.

  
22.

Goodwill Appraisal Services for VTP 2030 Projects       

Board Member Kniss requested that staff return to the Board of Directors with a definition of goodwill appraisal services, procedures, and impact on neighborhoods and businesses.  Board Member Kniss requested that staff provide the criteria for determination of goodwill outlay costs associated with the appraisal process.

Roberta Notrangelo, Real Estate Manager, noted goodwill issues are benefits accrued to a business based on location, skills, and reputation that brings in their business.   During preliminary engineering goodwill estimates are requested to consider options for businesses in the draft.  The preliminary sidewalk appraisals are completed without the business owner’s awareness.  In depth analysis and appraisal occurs at the time of determination that the business will be impacted. 

Suzanne Gifford, General Counsel, noted that goodwill issues are relevant for parcels of land acquired for condemnation proceedings and results in our state and federal obligation to relocate the business or home.  She stated it is difficult at this time to estimate the costs, noting cost of the land is easily appraised but by the time the property is condemned the entity may or may not still be there.  Ms. Gifford advised that an appraisal specialist is enlisted in determining goodwill value of a business.

M/S/C (Kniss/Chavez) to   approve the following list of consultants, which will be valid for a five-year period, and authorize the General Manager to execute contracts for business goodwill appraisals for Valley Transportation Plan 2030 projects.   Each contract shall be for an initial three-year period with options for two additional years with a total value not to exceed $550,000.  Federal funds may be utilized to fund contracts if task orders are executed for federally funded capital improvement projects.

  
 

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

There were no items submitted for the Consent Agenda for the Administration and Finance   Committee.

  
 

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

24.

Developer Selection for Joint Development Program

Carolyn Gonot, Chief Development Officer, gave a brief overview and report for Developer Selection for Joint Development Program. The pre-qualification for selection of developers for the following sites: West San Carlos, Curtner, and Tamien Light Rail Station properties.   Six pre-qualification packets were received and a short list of five developers were interviewed and pre-qualified.  

Vice Chairperson Cindy Chavez queried to the size of the West San Carlos and Capitol Park and Ride Lots.  Staff advised the Vice Chairperson that West San Carlos is approximately five to six acres, and Capitol is nine acres.  Member Chavez expressed concern that seemingly a more ample number of applicants should have applied.   Member Chavez recommended separating and removing the West San Carlos and Capitol Park and Ride Lots from the Tamien and Curtner sites, moving forward with the former, modifying the selection criteria to a two-year duration for selection process of qualified developers, and include for sale options of the land.

Steve Kellenberger, Interested Citizen, noted the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), and Request for Proposals from Prospective Contractors (RFP) is equitable, and fair. 

Anthony Ho, Interested Citizen, urged the Board of Directors to approve the short list.

Board Member Gonzales suggested that performance standards be incorporated into sales and lease agreements for future transit development properties.

Board Member Williams noted the importance and suggested the comparison of sales versus lease options as well as long term versus short-term needs should be considered on transit development properties, providing continuous income for transit operations.

M/S/C (Chavez/Gonzales) to approve the following list of qualified developers and authorize the General Manager to proceed with the Request for Proposals for joint development on the West San Carlos Street and Capitol properties, removing and separating Curtner Avenue and Tamien Light Rail Station properties, including for sale options of the land and retention of qualified developers modified to a two – year duration for selection criteria.   Qualified developers are as follows: ROEM Corporation and Avalon Bay Communities, Inc., Santa Clara, CA; Fairfield Residential LLC, San Francisco, CA; Bridge Housing Corporation, BRE Properties, Inc., Blake Hunt Ventures, GreenValleyCorporation (Barry Swenson Builders) San Jose, CA; Transit Development Partners LLC ( Kenwood Investments, Wilson Meany Sullivan & Stockbridge Capital Group) – San Francisco, CA.

  
 

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

There were no items submitted for the Regular Agenda for the Transit Planning and Operation Committee.

  
  
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OTHER ITEMS

25.

ITEMS OF CONCERN AND REFERRal TO ADMINISTRATION

There were no items of concern and referral to Administration.

 

  
26.

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Legislative Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet. 

  
27.

SUMMARY MINUTES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

A.             Administration and Finance Committee

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Administration and Finance Committee Report was accepted.

B.             Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee Notice of Cancellation was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

C.             Transit Planning and Operations Committee

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Transit Planning and Operations Committee Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
28.

REPORTS (UNAPPROVED MINUTES) FROM ADVISORY COMMITTEES

A.Committee for Transit Accessibility (CTA)

Board Member Chavez noted that her aide, Adam Byrnes, will represent her at future Meetings, reporting Committee actions to the Board of Directors.

Alternate Member Kennedy stated that a memo was received at the Three Cities Meetings and inquired if Board Member Chavez received a copy of the memo.   The memo referenced issues raised by several Paratransit and health service providers.  Member Chavez noted the memo was received and discussed with General Manager Michael T. Burns, and Matthew O. Tucker, Chief Operating Officer, and a favorable response was received. 

Mr. Burns noted that listening sessions will be scheduled in the upcoming months regarding the Paratransit issues mentioned in the memo.

Mr. Tucker noted that since March 2005 when the Board of Directors adopted changes to the Paratransit program. Changes within the new program that have been implemented: relationships between disability services, vendors, outreach, administrative practices and procedures, and tracking the approval rate of   eligibility.  Segueways have been made and recommendations will be brought back to the CTA and forwarding those recommendations to the Board of Directors.

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

B.Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

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

C.Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

D.Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

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

E.Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) Report was accepted as contained in the Agenda Packet.

  
29.

REPORTS FROM JOINT POWERS BOARDS (JPBs) & REGIONAL COMMISSIONS

Chairperson Pirzynski 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 Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Peninsula Corridor JPB Report was received.

B.  Capitol Corridor JPB

Board Member Williams reported the budget had been approved and ridership and farebox revenues are increasing.  At the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Conference the CCJPB received first place award for their Stitch and Ride Program.

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

C.Dumbarton Rail Corridor Policy Committee

Mr. Grace expressed concern the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Policy Committee Meeting was difficult to locate.

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Policy Committee Report was received.

D. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Mr. Grace praised the work of the MTC.

Board Member Gage requested that staff respond to Gilroy City Council Member’s request to expand Line #17 to include service to the new Walmart Super Store located at the 101-152 shopping center’s northern section by running a loop route at 7150 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy, CA ,at the designated stop.

John McLemore, Ex-Officio Board Member, noted that the next Caltrain JPB Meeting will be held in Gilroy, CA.

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

  
30.

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

There was no report from the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor PAB.

Eugene Bradley, VTA Riders Union, expressed concern and circulated documentation regarding the Ridership/Revenue Projections.

C.Downtown East Valley PAB

There was no report from the Downtown East Valley PAB.

D. Highway PAB – South

There was no report from the Highway PAB – South.

E.   I-680 Sunol SMART Carpool Lane Policy Advisory Committee

There was no report from the I-680 Sunol SMART Carpool Lane Policy Advisory Committee.

  
31.

REPORT FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

Chairperson Pirzynski noted the rotation schedule for Chairperson and Vice Chairperson positions for the 2006 Board of Directors.  Chairperson Pirzynski added that next year the City of San Jose will serve as the Chairperson and the small cities will serve as Vice Chairperson.  Chairperson Pirzynski noted and advised the Board of Directors that a copy of the Board Memo that memorializes the rotation schedule was placed in front of them on the dais.

Chairperson Pirzynski appointed Board Member Livengood, Williams, and Chairperson Pirzynski as the Nominating Committee for the election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for the 2006 Board of Directors.

Chairperson Pirzynski requested that letters of interest be forwarded to the Office of the Board Secretary by October 24, 2005.

Board Member Gonzales submitted a letter nominating Board Member Chavez as Chairperson for the 2006 Board of Directors.

M/S/C (Gonzales/Matthews) to appoint Board Members Livengood, Williams, and Pirzynski to bring forth a slate of nominees for the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for the 2006 Board of Directors at the November 3, 2005 meeting.

  
32.

ANNOUNCEMENTS           

There were no announcements.

 

  
33.

ADJOURNMENT

On order of Chairperson Pirzynski, there being no objection, the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Jacqueline F.Golzio, 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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