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Task 10: EN TRIPS Task Force Overview & Summary

  1. 1. SUSTAINABLE STREETSPlanning & Policy SubdivisionENTRIPS Task Force Overview & Meetings SummaryBeginning in February 2009, Urban Ecology facilitated a series of stakeholder meetings with aTask Force of stakeholders and community organizations within the Eastern NeighborhoodsPlan Area. The Task Force was formed to provide feedback and guidance during the timebetween the initiation of ENTRIPS and the confirmation of an Eastern NeighborhoodCommunity Advisory Committee (EN CAC). The SFMTA and the San Francisco PlanningDepartment provided project planning updates and technical information to the Task Force.Urban Ecology coordinated and facilitated community and outreach efforts for the ENTRIPSproject, and shared meeting outcomes in a blog on their website atwww.urbanecology.org/entrips. “Urban Ecology helped to organize a Community Task Force to be a strong advocate to follow, inform and add value to the MTA’s ENTRIPS project. The Task Force [was to] ensure… a community voice and perspective as an important component of this transportation planning process. Urban Ecology [was] separately resourced to serve as a “Community Facilitator” independent of, but in collaboration with, the MTA’s technical consulting team… Urban Ecology [was also tasked with] closely tracking the EN TRIPS process inside the city bureaucracy, making sure the community voice is heard and maintaining a direct pipeline to communicate information back to the community…” - Urban Ecology’s websiteThe following paragraphs summarize the EN TRIPS Task Force Meeting Series, the last ofwhich was held in November 2010. The Task Force provided insight and input thatcontributed to the development and completion of the EN TRIPS Existing Conditions Analysisand the EN TRIPS Future Conditions Report, and their work led to EN TRIPS’ first majorcommunity-wide meeting in February 2011.TASK FORCE MEETINGS 2010#07-November 8, 2010Future Conditions ReportUrban Ecology hosted and the SFMTA facilitated this meeting for about 15 attendees atRecology. Erin Miller was introduced as the new ENTRIPS Project Manager for the SFMTA.The bulk of the meeting was given to a presentation by the MTA team and discussion of theFuture Conditions Report, a 135 page document detailing what the San Franciscotransportation system will be like in 2035 if none of the transportation improvements called forby the ENTRIPS project are built. The Task Force also gave the SFMTA feedback on itspreparation for the community-wide ENTRIPS meeting in January, including what questions toask and how to best visually represent the workshop exercises.San Francisco Municipal Transportation AgencyOne South Van Ness Avenue, Seventh Fl. San Francisco, CA 94103 | Tel: 415.701.4500 | Fax: 415.701.4430 |www.sfmta.com
  2. 2. #06-August 23, 2010Project Evaluation FrameworkAt this meeting in the South Beach Harbor Community Room, the SFMTA gave a PowerPointpresentation describing the evaluation framework process that the project team will use toevaluate potential transportation projects on criteria such as environment, health, cost, andequity. To address the Task Force’s concerns about the challenges of comparing projects ofdifferent scales to each other, the SFMTA proposed grouping potential projects into threetracks: major corridor bundles consisting of larger projects along high priority corridorsrequiring a full EIR; neighborhood packages of smaller projects grouped by geography thatcan be rapidly built; and a stand-alone category which includes all of the policy andprogrammatic projects in the Eastern Neighborhoods. Timothy Papandreou explained that theSFMTA had just formed an interagency group focused on rapidly deploying pilot projects notrequiring full environmental review, such as the green bike lanes on Market Street. The TaskForce praised this idea because it would allow each of the neighborhoods to enjoy quick andtangible improvements. Task Force members were asked to review the evaluation frameworkand email their ideas to the project team. While the meeting was primarily intended to befocused on turning the current evaluation framework into a usable tool, the Task Force spent asignificant amount of time discussing whether the list of potential projects should be kept smallenough to avoid spending resources on less feasible projects, or should be morecomprehensive in scope. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Task Force made plans torevisit the potential project list as soon as they could use a refined version of the evaluationtool.#05-July 22, 2010Modeling AssumptionsThe project team hosted a “mini” Task Force meeting at SFMTA’s headquarters at 1 SouthVan Ness Ave to discuss the variety of computer models the City uses for transportationplanning, including the SF-CHAMP model. Five Task Force members attended as well asmodeling experts from San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The conversationincluded an overview of all the modeling elements planned for the ENTRIPS project, as wellas the assumptions and variables incorporated into these future projections. Members of theTask Force expressed a desire for the community to have a role in helping the City choosemodeling assumptions and in “turning the dials” to create a range of scenarios most reflectiveof collective vision. Attendees discussed the multiple benefits of including the community inthe modeling process, such as taking advantage of the “on the ground” knowledge Task Forcemembers have of their communities; and increased community ownership and politicalsupport for the project. Task Force members also emphasized the importance of beingambitious when planning for the future. The Task Force made plans to reconvene with theproject team in early September to help craft approximately five transportation modelingscenarios.#04-June 8, 2010San Francisco Municipal Transportation AgencyOne South Van Ness Avenue, Seventh Fl. San Francisco, CA 94103 | Tel: 415.701.4500 | Fax: 415.701.4430 |www.sfmta.com
  3. 3. Existing Conditions ReportThe Task Force continued the previous month’s discussion about how well each of thetransportation modes was performing in the Eastern Neighborhoods transportation network.The SFMTA presented a list of potential solutions to address shortcomings in thetransportation system by mode. Task Force members also give feedback about the toolkitsthe City presented at the previous month’s meeting, and received an overview of the rest ofplanning process.#03-May 10, 2010First Briefing on the Existing Conditions ReportThe Task Force was presented with a preliminary briefing on the draft Existing ConditionsReport, detailing how different transportation modes were performing across the EasternNeighborhoods.TASK FORCE MEETINGS 2009#02-July 7, 2009Project Overview and ScopeThe Task Force’s main task at this meeting was to tackle the issue of how to define the fullscope of projects for ENTRIPS. After providing a recap of the entire ENTRIPS process, theSFMTA reported that the project team was compiling an annotated list of all the past, current,or future studies/plans to be undertaken within the Eastern Neighborhoods. The project teamdescribed their plan for mapping out all the projects contained in those plans in order to createa clear “picture” of potential transportation improvements on the horizon.The project team introduced three high-priority projects that the Board of Supervisors isexpecting to come out of this project: turning Folsom into a two-way ‘civic boulevard’;improving the pedestrian experience on Townsend Street; and implementing improvements tothe 16th Street transit corridor. The project team explained that the Task Force will not only beable to guide the city in its detailed analysis of these three key projects, but will also have theopportunity to identify and prioritize other transportation improvements to be addressed in theENTRIPS study.Multiple strategies for identifying other projects were discussed, including: bundling additionalpotential improvements with the three key projects; prioritizing other potential improvementsthat may not get addressed other than through the ENTRIPS process; and adopting an“opportunistic” approach by focusing on improvements in the geographic context ofdevelopment activity (which would leverage both public and private investments). The TaskForce requested that the Planning Department provide information on the pipeline ofdevelopment projects in the ENTRIPS study area so that the priority for transportationimprovements can also be considered relative to impending development. The Task Forcesuggested that a community workshop be held in August so that the community can beginmaking recommendations on the scope of projects to include in the ENTRIPS study.San Francisco Municipal Transportation AgencyOne South Van Ness Avenue, Seventh Fl. San Francisco, CA 94103 | Tel: 415.701.4500 | Fax: 415.701.4430 |www.sfmta.com
  4. 4. #01-March 2009Project Purpose and ScopeTask Force meeting #01 was to clarify the overall purpose and scope of ENTRIPS, explain thetransportation planning and implementation process, and to look at the detailed scope theCity’s technical team is using to tackle the first phase of the ENTRIPS project, the ExistingConditions Report . Task Force members reviewed some of the City’s initial data andevaluation materials, including a “laundry list” of potential transportation projects alreadyidentified in various plans and studies relevant to the Eastern Neighborhoods. They alsoreviewed a draft evaluation matrix, and discussed how to best rank the criteria the matrix usesto prioritize projects. Lastly, Task Force members suggested that stronger environmentallanguage be adopted (such as vehicle miles traveled and carbon footprint reductions).February 2009Task Force RecruitmentUrban Ecology sent letters out to the community to recruit members to serve on the TaskForce, and interviewed potential Task Force members by phone. The first meeting of the TaskForce was convened by Urban Ecology in February 2009.San Francisco Municipal Transportation AgencyOne South Van Ness Avenue, Seventh Fl. San Francisco, CA 94103 | Tel: 415.701.4500 | Fax: 415.701.4430 |www.sfmta.com