GGB Suicide Barrier Study

October 10, 2008


The Board of Directors voted on October 10, 2008, with a vote of 15 ayes and 1 no, to select Alternative 3 - the NET as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The motion was made by Marin County Supervisor and Board member Hal Brown and seconded by Marin County Supervisor and Board member Charles McGlashan. The breakdown of the vote was as follows: AYES (15): Directors Brown, Cochran, Dufty, Grosboll, McGlashan, McGoldrick, Newhouse Segal, Pahre, Reilly, Sanders, Sobel and Stroeh; Second Vice President Ammiano, First Vice President Boro and President Moylan; NOES (1): Director Eddie; and ABSENT (3): Directors Hernandez, Kerns and Sandoval.

The selection of the LPA will provide direction for: 1) the preparation of written responses to comments; 2) the negotiation and execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to mitigate the adverse effects the LPA has on the historic property; and, 3) the preparation of any additional required studies for the LPA (for example, evaluate the potential for bird collisions). The responses to comments, MOA and additional studies will be incorporated into the Final EIR and Findings of No Significant Impacts (FONSI), which is anticipated to be completed by April 2009.

The next steps after the selection of the LPA and the preparation of the Final EIR/FONSI are the release and certification of the Final EIR/FONSI and adoption of the project. Additionally, the Board will certify that the Final EIR complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will make Findings and adopt a Statement of Overriding Considerations. Caltrans, as assigned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will issue a FONSI. However, this can only occur if the project is funded as demonstrated by the project’s inclusion in MTC’s fiscally constrained Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) or Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

October 10, 2008, Board Meeting Agenda, See Agenda Item No. 10

Additional Press Materials:

Characterization of Public and Agency Comments

Summary of GGB Suicide Incident Reports, 2000 to Sept. 30, 2008

Sample Quotes from Public Comments Received, July 8 to August 25, 2008

Comments Received during Public Comment Period, July 8 to August 25, 2008

Letters and Email from Individuals (12.5 MB)

Letters from Agencies

Letters from Organizations

Comment Cards Received at Public Meetings on July 22 and 23

Online Comments (28 MB)

Board Testimony (7 MB)