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07-15-2004 R - - LAS CRUCES AREA TRANSIT (RoadRUNNER) TRANSIT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES The Transit Advisory Board (TAB) meeting was held on Thursday, July 15, 2004 at Branigan Library (Pearl Higgins Room), 200 E. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, New Mexico. Members Present: C. Harvey, Chairman, M. Baumann, M. Elrod, & C. Wilson, Jr. Members Absent: M. Acosta, J. Garcia, & C. Ray Others Present: Mike Bartholomew, Transit Administrator; Mary Ann Flenniken, Transit Administrative Secretary; Nellie Garcia, Dial-A-Ride Operations Supervisor, Earl Torres, Operations Supervisor, Mike Johnson, Public Services Director; Tom Murphy, MPO Planner; Councillor Wesley Strain; Also in attendance were general public (see attached). I. Call to Order Call to order at 3:00 p.m. by C. Harvey. II. Action Items 1. Approval of Minutes - C. Harvey asked for the approval of the minutes. M. Baumann moved to approve the minutes of the April 22, 2004 and the minutes of the June 17, 2004 minutes. Seconded by C. Wilson, Jr. Motion carried. 2. Options for Service to Mountain View Hospital and Board Recommendations. - After some questions from the Board regarding the options that were present in the Board packet, M. Baumann moved to recommend to council Route #3 option "B". Seconded by Charles Wilson, Jr. Motion carried. 3. Recommendation of Memorandum of Understanding for bus use of the access lanes into the Mountain View Hospital facility. - There was concern regarding exactly where the bus would be dropping off the people to the facility. 011ie Reamy of Mount View Hospital addressed these concerns to the Board and also stated that this was reviewed by both the attorney for the hospital and the City. M. Baumann moved to recommend to council the Memorandum of Understanding. Seconded by C. Wilson, Jr. Motion carried. 4. Minor Route 8 Modification —this change will provide closer service to Wal-mart on Valley Dr. Service on Barker Rd will be eliminated due to poor ridership. M. Baumann moved to recommend to council this change to Route 8, seconded by M. Elrod. Motion carried. 5. Adopt-A-Shelter program —Tom Murphy of the MPO division of Community Development presented a proposal to start this program for the businesses to either purchase shelter or to maintain the shelters. This program is being modeled after the Adopt-A-Median program. There were questions about the life of the agreement, life of the shelter and other points were brought up. M. Elrod requested staff to review this concept since it is a good idea and re- present it at a future date. Seconded by M. Baumann. Motion carried. 6. Possible need to deobligate federal funds for two open Job Access Reverse Commute Grants and Board recommendations. - After some questions from the Board and the public a motion was made by M. Baumann to recommend to council to deobligate the funds. Seconded by M. Elrod. Motion carried. 7. Request for a Board Member to participate as a members on a new Public Transportation Subcommittee of the MPO's Technical Advisory Committee. - MPO would like a Transit Board member to be a member of this new committee. Tom Murphy will contact M. Acosta to serve on this committee since he has expresses his interest in the MPO. If not then C. Harvey volunteered to serve. III. Discussion Items 1. Overview of results of the May 2004 FTA triennial review— M. Bartholomew reviewed the FTA findings and the status of each finding. 2. Summary of March /April 2004 ride survey.- Discussion was held regarding the ridership both on Fixed Route and Dial-A-Ride denials. It was pointed out that more staff and more Dial-A-Ride buses are needed to accommodate the growing Senor population. There was a new Dial-A-Ride driver that was hired for a 3/ position. He will be starting about four weeks. 3. Updates a. Fiscal year 2004 Ridership — M. Bartholomew reviewed the fiscal year ridership information b. Amended Short Range Transit Plan — Mike Bartholomew pointed out that this is still open to the public for comment. c. Intermodal Center program — The final site needs to be narrowed down so that a recommendation can go to Council. H. Pollard offered the services of the Downtown Revitalization committee to help with the Intermodal Center. d. Signs at the Central Transfer point and Mesilla Valley Mall —we were waiting to go to the printer once the new routes have been established. e. Implementation of new fare options. The program to offer youth passes for the summer got a slow start so the sales were not all that great. Next year we will start the program sooner. Rideshare offered gifts when youths signed up for the program to help with advertising there program. f. Senior programs survey. —This survey was reviewed by the Board and M. Bartholomew. The surveys were conducted on one route for the entire day. 1 M. Bartholomew discussed with the Board about having a "free" day. These free ridership days is a good way of marketing the transit system. The board was in agreement to have these days. M. Bartholomew will present the Board with the days that this will fall on. VI. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 4•:45 p.m. pared by: Approved by: L4 A i a nn F ni en, S retary Charles Harvey, Chair Date: /l�