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this phase is $113.8 million. utilities relocation to contract 1, the contract is now complete, and close up phase. fatalities for contract to, the worker run union square. a little around 25% complete. the total contract is the next one. this contract is broken up into three parts. the notice to proceed one, the tunnel boring machine procurement, the access pit. those two are part of this allocation request. then there is notice to proceed 3, running up tunnels. that will not take place until the full funding agreement from the federal government is received. the bids were opened from this contract on june 8. $13 million below the engineer's
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estimate. mta plans to give notice to proceed to the contractor in september. the early construction is fully funded with $72.7 million in prop k, the rest and prop1b new starts. the staff recommendation is the allocation of up to $57 million with conditions. those conditions are upon contract award, and a surplus prop k funds will be the obligated. these funds will then be used for other phases of the project. another special condition is, should any additional funding becomes available, federal
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funding, state funding, or funding that can be applied to the project, that those funds would then be used first and then prop k funds are returned. this action is a request of a strategic plan amendment but is cost neutral. basically, it is moving $31 million from the construction phase to the early construction phase. when the program was established, but for the construction phase was not envisioned, so all the money was in the construction phase. like i said earlier, the amendment has no impact on financing costs for prop k. with that, i am happy to answer any questions. the program manager from the mta is also here. commissioner campos: i wonder if you could expand.
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you talk about what happened if he got additional funding and surplus prop k funds. i think you are talking about providing sfmta -- prior to contract award full funding plan -- i think there are some other things. if you could expand on those. >> basically, this allocation is to allocate up to $57 million. right now, the mta has not concluded discussions with the contractor.
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based on the number of bids, there is a possibility that the number will be lower. we should note the next week or two. those funds will go back into prop k to be used on the product at a later time. it is a condition. we also thought it was a board to include the condition about insuring this ntp 1 and 2 are fully funded. there was a full funding plan for the project but not all have been allocated, largely because of the state issue. we think is important to show the project is fully funded and financially stable, moving into the time period when the sfmta is considered the full funding grant for the project. commissioner campos: i think it is important for the record, for folks to understand, there are a number of precautions being taken by staff to make sure this
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continues to run as smoothly as possible. that is the purpose of the clarification. colleagues, comments or questions? why don't we open it up to questions -- members of the public. you each have three minutes. >> commissioners, thank you for supporting a dream. a lot of people from reading the press, i think, people forgot the dream. close to 20,000 folks from chinatown that are looking for relief. the relief comes through the central subway. for once, san francisco, and even all the way to the white house, are caring about our communities, the lowest income jam packed community in america.
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something that i am really saddened by, because they ignore the community's conditions. they also with old truths that you all know. one truth is the 3 to 1 that coming from the state. it would be crazy to give back that money. some folks on the street level -- i do not want to say the word lying -- but saying that the money can be used for other purposes, is designated for the central subway second day, hundreds of public meetings and community meetings that we have had years ago. that is left out of the news as well. i am so hopeful that you will stand firm today and reaffirm that dream. we collected 20,000 signatures before, but we decided this year
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to reaffirm the jury by having another 6000 signatures. i was at one of the muni hearings and they said that chinatown does not want the subway. that is a lie. the other thing, there were these cost comparisons. i think the central subway compares favorably to other federal new starts projects currently underway. for example, second avenue subway in new york city is 2.5 miles, with a total of $4.7 billion in the budget. in my heart, i believe this transportation justice project, this relief for the oldest asian-american community in san francisco is very important to all sentences can.
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hopefully, all san franciscans will join in. commissioner campos: thank you. next speaker. >> supervisors, what i want to state to you clearly is that we need to evaluate what we have done in the past. if you look at the church street light rail, and some of you are paying attention -- i hope you are paying attention to what i am saying, because it is relevant. you have to evaluate and see that the $700 million that was put into the third street light rail, whether that system, with
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all of the money that was invested, all the thousands of meeting that we have had, all of the thousands of petitions that were collected, whether that system is working. we were blocked. we were told that with the third street light rail was built, everything would move faster. it has not. now, there is a connection between the third street light rail and things going on in district 11 beyond mission and the double bart station. there will be variables going on between fourth and came and chinatown. more power to those who think, because of what they hear without empirical data. i have been to washington.
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what ever they are doing with this system, meet certain standards. they are dealing with a train, but they are also dealing with a very old part of our town that now kind of works. if we want to go on the ground, and if we think everything is rosy and not paying attention to the businesses, and we want to adversely impact the businesses in this dire economic times, then more power to you to adjudicate what ever you hear from some rosy comments and
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maybe thousands of petitions from people that really do not understand really what goes into such type of projects. i have lived here long enough to see what happened on market street and third street. i hopefully will live to see what happens to the central subway. thank you very much. >> to thank you. is there any other member of the public that would like to speak? cnn, public comment is closed. colleagues, this is an action item. -- seeing none, public comment is closed. next item, please. >> signals and signs maintenance and renovation. this is an action item. >> good morning. maria lombardo, chief deputy
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director. i want to quickly go over the fact that the propk expenditure plan includes a requirement -- prop k expenditure plan includes a requirement for signed a man's and renovation. the purpose is really to shine the light of transparency upon the project prioritization project. it requires a notable elements. a five-year project list was scope, schedule, cost, and funding in leveraging information. as part of the transparency process, the idea is also to provide an opportunity earlier in the project for the board, public, and other agencies to weigh in on projects. all of these we think are great benefits to project delivery. lastly, i would say the five-
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year prioritization program they are approved by this committee in the full authority board. they also allow the opportunity to make amends. things change. you are doing so with the benefit of a base line. and before us today we are amending 5ypp. is is attachment one on page 121 of your packet. the good news is we are amending this because of cost savings on 19th ave. signal a great project signals one and two. it was about $20 million, but largely due to the low bid environment, and also changes in group rigid work rules, there is $3 million return to the authority in prop k funds. you will see on page 17, there is $3 million available to read
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program and a small amount that mt ever asked for. this is an amendment for perspective. the career category covers fiscal year 2010, 2010. this is one-third of the funds that you today get to choose which projects you would like to go to. the only eligible sponsor for this category is the mta. there is a list of six projects they are proposing to reprogram these funds to. two of these projects this board already approved last month. there with a 15 mile per hour zones near schools that were identified as high priority by the mta the number of people on this committee. and also a pedestrian project. this is already suffered delays. really today's action is adding the remaining core projects. which is 19 ave. accessible to
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pedestrian signals coming countdown signals, and sonic avenue upgrade. i will discuss briefly the mta staff here. attachment two shows the proposed amended 5y pp. and men and three shows how each of the scores. -- amendment 3 shows how each of these scores. if you approve the amendment this month, during the course of this fiscal year, mta expects to come back for allocation request for each of these projects. this covers planning through construction. this is a complementary project. it has to do with replacement of the signal infrastructure along from mission to lombard. it is transit signal party hardware all along the corridor insignificant corridors
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throughout the city. it is very good leveraging due in part to the executive director and prior commissioner. it has climate initiatives that we created last funding cycle. our main concern is we're working closely to make sure it is constructed and designed in tandem with the project. the 19th avenue pedestrian signal as part of the 19th ave. signal project, we evaluated 34 traffic signals and identified 18 of them as either a high or medium-priority for installation signals for this. this is the remaining 14 locations. on sunset boulevard pedestrian countdown signal project, the commissioner carmen chiu is familiar with this. this would be installed as part of the contract.
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lastly masonic avenue signal upgrade would install signals at six intersections. this includes things like cut down indicators. i will note this is part of the larger multi-agency masonic a bid avenue project . we can provide more information on this. at one of our meetings whenever members felt strongly that the city need to to move quickly to address safety issues for cyclists and this quarter. -- in this corridor. mta staff has indicated at this point the project is not constitute any bicycle treatments. with that, i would be happy to answer any questions, and i will let you know in september you will have a major amendment to the state the category to consider. >> thank you. supervisor campos: thank you.
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any questions from staff? why don't we open it up to the public. if anyone from the public wishes to speak, please come forward. >> supervisors, and for those at home, the city has had many people die because of lack of pedestrian safety. one of the things when we discussed -- discussed up like this and plush a little bit against traffic signals, we need to tell people at home if the signals are put in in hefour places, how much they cost. if i draw up a figure like $100,000, that is more or less a ballpark figure.
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this is delivering a mechanism that works with $25,000. having said that, oftentimes when i come here -- i do not want to come here too many times, but when i come here i like to study any issue with the empirical data. so fluff is one thing, but we need to go and find out exactly what we have done in a given time linked to traffic signals, and what we have not done and maybe by putting other types of signals, and i say that because on my trips to australia, australia is pretty big. you see things, and when you see things, you want those things to happen in our great city. so what i am saying plainly is
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this, while the impending very expensive traffic signals that take a lot of time to get the permits and so on, in the interim it is good to contact our senior citizens. we have a large population of senior citizens. it is good to contact schools and asked how children and their parents, the difficulties they have on san jose avenue, san bruno ave, which one of you supervisors know what happens there. something like putting uthis there will save many lives. so with this type of deliberation is giving to you
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about the flight in technology which takes years and years to be put in practice, we need to know in the interim what really has been done to save lives, because no price can be put on a life, especially a child like. thank you very much. -- especially a child's life. supervisor campos: thank you. colleagues, this is an action item. we have a motion. motion by commissioner wiener. second by commissioner avalos. can we go back to item number three, please? >> citizens advisory committee report. supervisor campos: great. >> the chair informed us he would not be able to make it today, but on page 11 of your packet are the draft minutes,
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and they did approve the motions, although there was some discussion. >supervisor campos: i would like to send a formal request to make sure they do have a representative here present at the meeting. i think it is important for us to hear directly from them come into the extent there are any questions about the report. i do not think it does the committee justice to simply have a written report. i think there has to be someone present as well. >> absolutely. i agree. isupervisor campos: madam clerk, can you call item no. 8. any new items for introduction? any member of the public that would like to speak on item 8? seeing none, public comment is closed. seeing no new items, which to call item 9.
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>> 9, public comment. supervisor campos: any member from the public that would like to speak on an item not within the agenda? >> i was here some time ago at the land use committee, and one of the issues that we were talking about was the light rail. nobody from the citizens' advisory committee was present. let me say something. i hope they say it for the final time, and i hope i am not required to take legal action, because i will. when we have these representatives for the citizens' advisory to renee --
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committee, just like you were supposed to represent, they are supposed to represent. district 10 has very, very, serious issues with transportation. very very serious issues with transportation. iwhen we talk about spending millions of dollars on this project and that project, we look forward to our citizens advisory committee. we also look forward to the unions, for the unions to get some report. there is a transportation union that is pretty powerful that deals with you. we need to hear from them. some of you are aspiring to be my ears, so it is good for you
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all to no that the deliberations that take place here, hopefully when you are the major you will do the right thing. -- some of you are aspiring to be mayors, so it is good for you all to know that the deliberations that take place here, hopefully when you are the mayor, you will do the right thing. i want to make good use of my time, so i can tell you exactly what people at home field. when i walked to see it -- streets of san francisco, they come up to me and say thank you. they say thank you because i put myself in their shoes. i really do not need to come here. i am retired. i could go spend a lot of time in the bahamas or what ever. but what i see when it comes to transportation, and that is linked with -- for example they
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are saying this and that in the newspaper, but they do not have a good transportation document. the cac must deliberate on that issue. thank you very much. supervisor campos: i think the executive director wanted to add something. >> just a quick note, to say that i will personally contact the chair and asked him to make a report next month that covers both this month's activities and the next. i also want to promise you for the next month a quick report that will show and the last decade we probably have not had on just one occasion when you have not had a report from the cac chair or vice chair. i would also like to simply
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acknowledge the stellar performance and dedication to the transportation in the city for many years. we not only meet monthly come up but we spend tremendous amounts of time debating each item individually, sometimes well beyond the proposed committee meetings. as i know you appreciate, they do a tremendous service to the city, and they deserve to be recognized for that. i wanted to make sure that i made a statement about that today. i apologize to you for the fact that we did not have the report today. as i said before, we will cover it next time.
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supervisor campos: commissioner carmen chiu. supervisor chiu: we have seen them come time and time again, so i think it probably is just unusual circumstance. supervisor campos: thank you. madam clerk. next item. >> item 10, adjournment. thank you very much. meeting adjourned.
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