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12.14.2020 TAB Meeting Minutes FINALTAB Minutes FINAL December 14, 2020 Page 1 of 5 CITY OF BOULDER BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING MINUTES Name of Board/ Commission: Transportation Advisory Board Date of Meeting: December 14, 2020 Contact Information Preparing Summary: Meredith Schleske 303.441.3204 Board Members Present: Tila Duhaime; Mark McIntyre, Alex Weinheimer, Lauren Lambert, Robert Hutchinson Staff Present: Erika Vandenbrande, Director for Transportation and Mobility Bill Cowern, Deputy Director for Transportation and Mobility, Acting Principal Transportation Engineer Natalie Stiffler, Deputy Director for Transportation and Mobility Chris Hagelin, Senior Transportation Planner, Acting GO Boulder Manager Danny O’Connor, Senior Transportation Planner Amy Lewin, Senior Transportation Planner Jean Sanson, Senior Transportation Planner Allison Crump, Transportation Planner Cris Jones, Deputy Director for Community Vitality Phillip Kleisler, Senior Planner, Planning and Development Services Jean Gatza, Senior Planner, Planning and Development Services Meredith Schleske, Board Secretary Others Present: Chuck Brock, resident Mallory Baker, Project Manager Walker Consultants Andrew Vidor, Senior Project Manager, Walker Consultants Type of Meeting: Advisory/ Regular Agenda Item 1: Call to Order [6:00 p.m.] Instructions to Virtual Meeting Participants (not an agenda item) – Jenny Godwin, technical host reviewed rules and technical operations on the virtual platform. Agenda Item 2: Approval of November 2020 Minutes [6:04 p.m.] Motion: Approval of November 2020 Minutes as presented. Motion: McIntyre Second: Duhaime 5:0 Motion Passes. Agenda Item 3: Public Comment [6:05 p.m.] • Stephen Haydel – We have had 20 years of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to increase pedestrian and cycling usage, feedback tonight is mainly intersections and crosswalks. Babysitting eight-month old granddaughter, walking her in stroller along with dog, almost left hooked by car going west and turning left from Arapahoe to Folsom on blinking yellow light. Fortunately, driver saw us. As long as we have that we will never reach TMP goals. Crossing Arapahoe at Naropa, wait is one to one-and-a-half minutes to cross, need to re-evaluate intersection plans. going to north side of 17th and Grove requires three crossings in snow with a stroller. Deferring re-evaluation of the inner crosswalk plan to 2022 is unacceptable. • Kurt Nordback – speaking for myself about signalization of intersection. Community Cycles has pushed many years for a documented signalization policy. We got a start but there is much much more to add. Also request that the transportation department start to document current policies then review for what it should be. • Lynn Segal – wanted to bring up two things tonight: update of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) with regards to transportation in response to the COVID virus and to CU South. In 1950 there were 20,000 people in Boulder. less than the current 35,000 student population alone. Why is CU Boulder just accepting 35,000 out of 66,000 total students in the CSU system in a town of 107,000 people? Being the flagship and research university does not warrant that population in Boulder. The two other large campuses are in Denver (CU Denver and Anschutz) with 2.8 million people and in Colorado Springs with 15,000 students and 700,000 people. It creates congestion, traffic, parking. Research can be done in Denver and TAB Minutes FINAL December 14, 2020 Page 2 of 5 Anschutz. Regarding the COVID virus, there are no transit riders and the vaccine impacts CU South. The BVCP needs to be adjusted. Agenda Item 4: COVID-19 Monthly Update [6:15 p.m.] Erika Vandenbrande made the update to the board. A link to travel data is on the city website and will continue going forward. Year over year has been stable with 20% fewer trips and slightly higher this month at 25% reduction. Severe crash trends tend to bounce around month to month but total crashes are tracking 50% reduction year over year. There was one fatal pedestrian/auto crash. Month over month increase in cycling with 100% increase in cycling on US 36 bikeway, likely related to both better cycling weather in 2020 and more people at home and able to be out and about. When the state went to COVID status red we resumed split shifts in our maintenance staff to preserve crews being able to respond to snow and ice events and so forth. To date, no significant decrease in level of service should be noticeable. TAB Comments • Comment that fatally injured person’s name was Floyd; there was no camera coverage, it was not news. Crashes are happening on larger, busier streets – wish for more urgency. • Questions regarding how monitored locations were chosen, if we monitor others, do we anticipate monitoring additional or other locations. • Observation that crashes have decreased proportionately more than travel has due to COVID. Agenda Item 5: Community Check-in [6:23 p.m.] A. Automated Traffic Safety Enforcement - Chuck Brock, resident noted that as COVID traffic dropped, speed increased. Had not seen speed enforcement, might be time for automated enforcement, participated in a conference call with two state representatives, Judy Amabile and Edie Hooten, concerning what it would it take for the state to legislate automated traffic safety enforcement. Proposed conditions: 1. Remove limitation that live person is required. 2. Expand permissibility to arterials and commercial areas. 3. First time speed limitations – increase for auto tickets. 4. Include rural areas. Representatives recommend trying to change law, try to get sponsor, start to get noise out and generate talk. Include standardization/equity component. TAB Comments • Comment regarding equity in enforcement, use police resources for other needs. Equity, safety, reduced budget point to need for automated enforcement. B. Neighborhood Survey regarding Mid-pandemic Views on RTD – with neither neighborhood co- coordinator able to attend, TAB member McIntyre made disclaimer that he was not representing the neighborhood and creating conflict of interest but presented survey results. Virtually no transit usage since March 2020, continuation of NECOPass in Melody Catalpa neighborhood unknown, some residents willing to pay additional for passes to help neighbors. TAB Comments • Appreciation expressed, acknowledged importance of transit going forward. • Staff is considering passes generally going forward. • RTD accepted staff recommendation to delay start of NECOPasses going forward dependent on pandemic. Agenda Item 6: Staff briefing and TAB feedback regarding Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS) Implementation and Progress Update: Revitalizing Access in Project [6:54 p.m.] Cris Jones and Chris Hagelin made the report to the board. Executive Summary The purpose of this memo is to provide an update on progress related to the Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS) implementation of the 2020-2021 workplan items: re-imagining the Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program and measuring and capturing the value of city-maintained on-street and off-street parking to develop a parking pricing approach. These work plan items were first referenced in the December 2019 City Council memo (Attachment A) and are jointly referred to as the AMPS: Revitalizing Access in Boulder project. The AMPS: Revitalizing Access in Boulder project scope includes re-imagining the current Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program and measuring and capturing the value of public space currently dedicated to vehicle storage through the creation of a new pricing strategy for city-maintained on-street and off-street parking spaces. The scope of this project includes technical analysis, an extensive community engagement process, and the development of a path for implementation of the project recommendations and strategies. Questions to TAB: • Do you agree with the project themes of the current AMPS Implementation efforts? • Are the planned public engagement strategies adequate and appropriate given COVID-19 impacts? TAB Minutes FINAL December 14, 2020 Page 3 of 5 • Are the existing conditions consistent with your understanding and experiences? • Are there any questions about next steps? TAB Comments • Questions regarding any data on NPP, boundaries of re-imagining, whether change would still be needed if parking pricing had been handled differently for attractors, whether public parking garages fill up. • Encouragement to focus on pre-COVID data to establish baseline, assess how it is performing now. Consider revenue balancing, provide clarity in neighborhoods that some of income goes back to location; often a key driver. • Comments that parking pricing will impact neighborhood parking, must be fiscally sustainable, commercial attractors are currently moving around a lot in Boulder, do not undervalue a parking spot – data-driven decisionmaking according to commercial rental space/real estate prices, link prices to benefits, may require reallocating public right-of-way space such as more bus space to the downtown Boulder transit station on 14th Street and street dining during COVID restrictions. • Stated that parking management belongs in Community Vitality. • Opinion expressed that outreach efforts are not adequate. • Project Objectives editing suggestions include: 1) To reimagine the Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Program. Replace “reimagine” with “reform”. 2) To create a community-centered pricing approach to the city's on and off street spaces currently dedicated to parking. Delete this objective. 3) To achieve broader city goals with our parking and access management strategies. Replace “broader city” with “our community TMP”. • Recommendations to acknowledge specific downtown improvements, give staff permission to begin studying, engaging with public before 2030. More transparent, understandable, simple, direct. • Comment that TAB took unusual step and recommended to the city manager's office to put moratorium on any further NPP zones and expansions until the program and process were improved, yet it is continually raised to community members worried about development encouragement and growth as tool for improvement. Agenda Item 7: Staff briefing and TAB feedback regarding CU South Development [8:01 p.m.] Phillip Kleisler and Jean Gatza made the report to the board. Executive Summary The University of Colorado Boulder submitted an annexation application in 2019 and is currently preparing a multi- modal traffic access study. Staff expects the results of the study to be available in mid-January. At its November 17, 2020 meeting, City Council formally requested that TAB provide input on the transportation elements of the project. This agenda item is intended to get board members up to speed on the project, field questions and provide input on how the board prefers to participate moving forward. The memo provides background information and includes two documents that may be of particular interest to board members: a “briefing book” that summarizes the project and key annexation topics, and an initial multi-modal traffic access memo prepared for the site. Action Requested of Board: No formal action requested. This agenda item is intended to get board members up to speed on the project, field questions and provide input on how the board prefers to participate moving forward. TAB Input • Appreciation expressed for quick involvement of TAB, briefing book. • Questions regarding possibility of turning Moorhead into a “super” greenstreet between campuses, if transportation can be modeled differently than traditionally. • Comments that it is a good chance to make it look like Boulder could be, concern about cordoning off neighborhoods from grocery stores, etc. but can design for micromobility rather than car default. • Question about when next presentation to TAB will be, suggestion to consider a joint meeting with Planning Board. Agenda Item 8: Staff briefing and TAB feedback regarding Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Report on Progress – final draft [8:29 p.m.] Amy Lewin and Allison Crump made the report to the board. Purpose The purpose of this memo is to provide a draft of the Transportation Report on Progress and to receive feedback from TAB. Questions for TAB • Are the project updates and accomplishments clear and if not, what would increase clarity? TAB Minutes FINAL December 14, 2020 Page 4 of 5 • Are any projects or programs omitted that you feel should be included? TAB Input • Questions concerning whether trendlines reflect entire length of data collected, if flat yellow trend for safety on the 2020 snapshot is actually trending wrong way, if auto travel times should be a metric. • Recommendation to eliminate thumb symbols on 2020 snapshot, cut down “grey” definition/verbiage. • Comment and appreciation that the report is concise and easily understood. Agenda Item 9: Matters [8:52 p.m.] A. Matters from Staff/Non-Agenda • Micromobility Program Scoping Stakeholder Group representative(s) – Duhaime, Hutchinson • Regional Transportation Update Jean Sanson updated the board. Three grant proposals for Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) expected to be approved this week: 28th Street and Colorado protected intersection; 30th Street separated bicycling project between Arapahoe and Colorado; safer signals/safer streets to upgrade signals at approximately 10 intersections. However, the 30th Street project is partially funded at $2.3 million versus $4.7 million requested. Staff is working on application for remainder from January call for projects. In addition, the governor is proposing $70 million for safer main streeets to help boost the economy, hoping for another call for projects in 2021. • Innovation Fund Program Update Amy Lewin and Jenny Godwin updated the board. Bilingual feedback signs are installed onsite near the projects that have been put in so far, have a QR code to forums question. The goal of this program is to create innovative quick build projects on our streets. Group I – installed projects at Aurora & 39th Street (curb extensions at 38, 39th, Gilpin); Grinnell & Viele multi-use path median island; Grove & 17th curb extensions and crossing treatment. Group II projects beginning in Spring 2021 – about 40 potential project locations submitted by community and by staff and including first speed kidney in North America. TAB Comments • Questions regarding ways to provide feedback and if any street art is planned. B. Matters from the Board [9:07 p.m.] • Updates re: collaboration with other city boards – potential joint planning meetings with Planning Board. • Conceptual Ideas for Baseline – Weinheimer presented conceptual ideas and drawings on Baseline that could be considered in conjunction with the pavement management plan (PMP) in 2022, recommends start budgeting now with emphasis to narrow lanes, eliminate bus/bike conflict, reduce corner radius. TAB Comments • Questions regarding maintenance costs, prioritization, any benefit to neighbors along frontage road who are struggling with student parking, if design reduces neighborhood speed. • Finalize TAB Letter to City Council – Duhaime will summarize TAB feedback and submit to TAB secretary for furtherance to city clerk. • Appoint TAB Representative to present to City Council January 12, 2021 6 p.m. - Duhaime. • Open Board Comment • Hutchinson will complete summary of comments about safety of micromobility and address some misunderstanding of data to forward to TAB; Duhaime to pass on to council. Agenda Item 10: Future Agenda Topics [10:11 p.m.] • CU South Development – February Agenda Item 11: Adjournment [10:12 p.m.] There being no further business to come before the board at this time, by motion regularly adopted, the meeting was adjourned at 10:12 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, January 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise decided by staff and the Board. APPROVED BY: ATTESTED: TAB Minutes FINAL December 14, 2020 Page 5 of 5 ____________________________________ Board Secretary ____________________________________ ___________________________________ Board Chair ___________________________________ 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 email Meredith Schleske 1/27/2021 1/21/2021 From:Tila Duhaime To:Schleske, Meredith Subject:Re: FOR YOUR APPROVAL: December TAB Minutes Date:Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:55:32 PM External Sender Thank you Meredith for the revisions. Those look fine as amended and are approved. Thanks also for the transcript: I MUST remember to speak more slowly!! Tila On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:49 PM Schleske, Meredith <SchleskeM@bouldercolorado.gov> wrote: Hi Tila, Apologies if you received an unfinished email that I sent inadvertently. Amended December minutes in edit format are attached for your approval if it meets your satisfaction. If so, I’ll use that language in the January meeting discussion of approval of minutes. I’m also attaching the transcript that Zoom produces of your comments made during the NPP portion of the discussion in case it’s helpful. Thanks for your time! Meredith Meredith Schleske Administrative Specialist O: 303.441.3204 schleskem@bouldercolorado.gov Department of Public Works Business Services Division 1739 Broadway, Boulder 80302