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06.08.2020 TAB Minutes FINALTAB Minutes June 8, 2020 Page 1 of 4 CITY OF BOULDER BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING MINUTES Name of Board/ Commission: Transportation Advisory Board Date of Meeting: June 8, 2020 Contact Information Preparing Summary: Meredith Schleske 303.441.3204 Board Members Present: Tila Duhaime; Mark McIntyre, Alex Weinheimer, Robert Hutchinson, Lauren Lambert Staff Present: Bill Cowern, Deputy Director for Transportation and Mobility, Interim Director for Transportation and Mobility, Acting Principal Transportation Engineer Gerrit Slatter, Principal Transportation Engineer for Capital Works David “DK” Kemp, Senior Transportation Planner Bryant Gonsalves, Engineering Project Manager Ryan Noles, Transportation Planner Jenny Godwin, Associate Transportation Planner Meredith Schleske, Board Secretary Type of Meeting: Advisory/ Regular Agenda Item 1: Call to Order [6:03 p.m.] Agenda Item 2: Approval of May 2020 Minutes [6:03 p.m.] Motion: Approval of May 2020 Minutes Motion: McIntyre Second: Duhaime 5:0 Motion Passes. Instructions to Virtual Meeting Participants (not an agenda item) – Brenda Ritenour, meeting host reviewed rules and technical operations on the virtual platform. She then turned the host role over to support staff. Agenda Item 3: Public Comment [6:08 p.m.] • Sue Prant, Executive Director Community Cycles – TAB received letters this week regarding 22nd and 23rd Streets as well as Pavement Management Program. Message to TAB today is regarding Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and how we can make sure that not all funds are absorbed by matching but leave some for smaller, high impact projects. Regarding the Pavement Management Program, Community Cycles has some recommendations on Folsom. Also, questions about why Green Streets funding is going from $50,000 to $35,000. • Stephen Haydel – thanks for pushing through the “20 is Plenty” option without needing further study. The Pedestrian Action Committee (PAC) is putting up “Use your elbow” signs at pedestrian signals. The placement varies; some are easy to push with your elbow, others are difficult. It is time to put pedestrians first. Agenda Item 4: COVID-19 Update [6:14 p.m.] A. Staff Update (Cowern) Bill Cowern made the update to the board. TAB Discussion • Questions regarding budget cuts for 2020 and for 2021. • Inquiry about open positions, which Bill Cowern is currently filling. • Questions and discussion about closing the west end of Pearl Street but not the East end; why proprietors might be opposed, how businesses are best served, density of restaurants, how business model differs between west and east Pearl Street. • Inquiry about downtown parking garages, underusage, possibility of creating a loop by designating one-way streets, traffic calming, cost to do so, balancing act. • Conjecture about the possibility of food trucks and regulations thereof. • Discussion of COVID issues facing retail establishments. B. TAB Plan [6:38 p.m.] Discussion of progress made on research into how other cities are addressing COVID restrictions, as requested by City Council. Lauren Lambert – How to support retail businesses. Further information will be available June 9th. TAB Minutes June 8, 2020 Page 2 of 4 Hutch Hutchinson & Alex Weinheimer - Open street and shared street concept, street rebalancing. Hutchinson added some information into the “COVID-19 Changes our Streets” document, basically a sense of what's going on plus some references. Tila Duhaime - Curbside management with focus on parklets. Mark McIntyre - Street closures or using alternate spaces and the public realm for restaurants and pub operations. TAB discussed the scope, framework, and urgency of the report to City Council. It was determined to conduct a TAB Working Session June 22nd to work on the document. Agenda Item 5: Community Check-in [7:13 p.m.] Duhaime – desire to be responsive to issues raised by the public. July items: A. Greenstreet crossing at Canyon versus pedestrian crossing treatment. B. Sight lines obstructed by overgrowth in swale along parts of Table Mesa. Agenda Item 6: Staff briefing and TAB feedback regarding the Pavement Management Program (PMP) David Kemp and Jenny Godwin made the report to the board. [7:18 p.m.] Executive Summary The purpose of this memo is to provide background information on the city’s Pavement Management Program (PMP) and to describe the relationship between the PMP and other transportation functions, plans and projects. The 2020 PMP includes resurfacing streets where staff is proposing striping changes/additions to meet the goals of the Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan. The streets being evaluated include Folsom Street (Valmont Road to Iris Street), Pine Street (Folsom Street to 28th Street) and Table Mesa Drive (Broadway to Vassar Street). Staff is seeking feedback from TAB regarding the separated bike lane treatment on Folsom Street between Pine Street and Valmont Road. Treatment options under consideration include the installation of armadillos (oblong low bumps), pre-cast curb, or cast-in-place curb separation. This section of Folsom Street will be resurfaced in 2021 and the preferred separated bike lane treatment option could be installed at that time of street resurfacing, if funding for these improvements could be identified. Staff recommends the cast-in-place curb separated option and is recommending that funding be reallocated to this purpose from the Vision Zero funds allocated by city council. TAB Feedback 1. Does TAB have any questions and/or comments regarding the Pavement Management Program and associated 2020 street enhancements? 2. What is TAB’s preference regarding the separation treatment for the Folsom Street bike lane between Pine Street and Valmont Road? • Question why speed change to be implemented along a portion of Folsom is not recommended for Folsom south of Valmont. • Question regarding three different calming treatments – cast in place, precast concrete, armadillo – which might have either prevented or reduced the severity of the injury the cyclist who was struck on Folsom hill in the fall would have sustained. • Inquiries about the dimensions of the curb types and minimum widths, what are standards. • Discussion of snow removal, cost, type of equipment. • Recommendation to acquire the necessary equipment so that construction decisions are not hampered. • Question about precast curb, possibility of water getting in. • Appreciation expressed to DK Kemp and Jenny Godwin for reference to guiding documents. Questioned if the presenters feel like they have the guidance and tools to implement real improvements. • Questions concerning any synergies or economies of scale. Discussion about using paint to make the treatment appear wider and cue drivers not to drive on it. • General consensus that cast in place pavement is preferred. • Objections that categorizing certain treatments such as paint for pedestrian safety as enhancements, therefore not possible within the project scope, is shortsighted. Agenda Item 7: Staff briefing and TAB feedback regarding Introduction to Transportation [8:30 p.m.] Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) (Part II of III) Gerrit Slatter made the report to the board. TAB Minutes June 8, 2020 Page 3 of 4 Executive Summary Each year, the city goes through an annual budget process in which departments create a six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This year the time period is 2021 through 2026. The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) role in this process is defined in the Boulder Revised Code (BRC) TITLE 2 GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION, Chapter 3 Boards and Commissions, Section 14 - Transportation Advisory Board; “. . . to review all city transportation environmental assessments and capital improvements.” This agenda item is intended to continue TAB’s guidance with the city’s CIP development process by providing background information and analysis, a tentative schedule and key issues for this year. TAB held a CIP workshop on May 29, 2020 and the purpose of the June meeting will be to review and develop the 2021-2026 CIP. TAB will be asked to make a formal recommendation to council at the July meeting. Staff appreciates the beneficial role that TAB provides during the development CIP and looks forward to a collaborative effort throughout the full Transportation CIP effort. TAB will have the opportunity to review and discuss the CIP again at your upcoming board meeting in June and then be asked to make a formal recommendation to council at your July TAB meeting. Staff appreciates the beneficial role that TAB provided during the development of the 2020-25 CIP and looks forward to a collaborative effort for this next Transportation CIP. The funding situation for the Transportation Department is of vital importance to the planning and programming of the CIP process for 2020/21 and beyond. In addition to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, there are other background factors that are reducing the ability of the Transportation Department to fund and deliver programs and projects consistent with the goals and objectives of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Starting in 2020 and likely continuing for the next few years, the impact COVID-19 will have on Transportation funding will be severe and devasting to some programs and projects. When accounting for inflation, sales tax revenue has been flat in Boulder for nearly 20 years. Because sales tax funds nearly 70% of Transportation, and because construction cost indexes have been outpacing inflation rates, this has led to reduced spending power and reduced opportunities for matching federal/state grant funds. The funding outlook and condition of the transportation funds are discussed in greater detail in the Background/Analysis section. TAB Feedback Staff asks that the TAB review the recommended draft 2021-2026 Transportation Fund CIP as well as the Transportation Development Fund CIP and provide feedback. • TAB members and staff conducted a Working Session with in-depth discussion of the draft 2021-2026 Transportation Fund CIP and Transportation Development Fund CIP May 15th and provided feedback at that time, which will be presented for public hearing at the July 13th TAB meeting. • Discussion of various projects and fund allocations. Agenda Item 8: Matters [9:25 p.m.] A. Matters from Staff/Non-Agenda • Regional studies update • SH119 Multimodal Corridor Planning/Regional Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study – Cowern reported that city staff is working with Longmont and Boulder County to submit a build application for $26 million for SH 119 intersection project. Would supplement approximately $93 million already secured for estimated $250 million project. That application would allow collective agencies to creep closer towards the successful BRT project between Longmont and Boulder. • Other Matters • Dockless Bikes, Seated E-scooter Pilot Update – Kemp reported that the ordinance hearing was moved to July 7th. Next step to develop request for Proposal (RFP) for multimodal provider to potentially partner with B Cycle. • Kemp next initiative to develop rules and regulations for where different modes operate – quick turnaround, likely to TAB in August, possibly in September as well. B. Matters from the Board [9:34 p.m.] • TAB Retreat Recap, TAB Priorities 2020 - 2021 • Regular interaction with Community Vitality re parking and curbside management. • Support development of Neighborhood Speed Management Program (NSMP) and GreenStreets tools/strategies that are quick build/innovative and with an implementation example before the next TAB retreat. TAB Minutes June 8, 2020 Page 4 of 4 •Identify adjustments to Boulder's road management in response to COVID to be extended or made permanent. •Near-term corridor improvements that we can identify and plan for the next year CIP. •Plus - continue to PUSH these adjustments. •Not sure how to measure. •As part of this improve measurement/evaluation beyond the current ʺtraffic engineers talking to other traffic engineersʺ peer cities model. •Updates re: collaboration with other city boards •Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PAB) member Charles Brock email encouraging TAB to consider, pursue opportunity for new connection to southwest corner of Howard Heuston Park. Agreement it is a matter of priority, limited to Boulder funding. •Vision Zero Community Partnership Committee – upcoming meeting. •Pedestrian Action Committee (PAC) – upcoming meeting. •Funding Advisory Committee – not activated. •Greenways Advisory Committee (GAC) - McIntyre primary TAB representative, Lambert backup. Greenways Capital Improvement Program (CIP) August 19th. •Open Board Comment •Duhaime – A lot of volunteer energy spent on developing COVID pedestrian signs in response to PAC request, discussion about signs disappearing. Agenda Item 9: Future Agenda Topics – addressed in Community Check-in. [10:25 p.m.] Agenda Item 10: Adjournment [10:26 p.m.] There being no further business to come before the board at this time, by motion regularly adopted, the meeting was adjourned at 10:26 p.m. Motion: moved to adjourn: McIntyre Second: Hutchinson Motion passes 5:0 Date, Time, and Location of Next Meeting: The next meeting will be a regular virtual meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise decided by staff and the Board. APPROVED BY: ATTESTED: ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Board Chair Board Secretary ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Date Date An audio recording of the full meeting for which these minutes are a summary is available on the Transportation Advisory Board web page. Tila Duhaime per attached Meredith Schleske 7/17/2020 7/17/2020 From:Tila Duhaime To:Schleske, Meredith Subject:Re: FOR YOUR APPROVAL: June TAB Minutes Date:Friday, July 17, 2020 11:29:35 AM Attachments:image001.png External Sender Thank you, Meredith. The June minutes are approved. (And don't feel bad; when I was a lawyer my firm kept an extra proofreader on hand if I was working late, because I was such a detail-oriented person that the word processing department wanted a double-checker before returning their work to me. But we gave each other cookies and fruit so it was all good. I'm still in touch with some of them; in fact one of the proofreaders gave me my cat.) Tila On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 9:38 PM Schleske, Meredith <SchleskeM@bouldercolorado.gov> wrote: Hi Tila, Happy birthday! Following well-deserved celebration, would you review the attached final June TAB minutes? Thanks for your great attention to detail – I don’t understand how I keep missing those edits. Embarrassing. Thanks for your written approval of the final June minutes at your convenience. Regards, Meredith Meredith Schleske Administrative Specialist O: 303.441.3204