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03-18-2004 LAS CRUCES AREA TRANSIT (RoadRUNNER) TRANSIT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES The Transit Advisory Board (TAB) meeting was held on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at Branigan Library (Pearl Higgins Room), 200 E. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, New Mexico. Members Present: C. Harvey, Chairman, M. Elrod, J. Frietze, C. Ray, & C. Wilson, Jr. Members Absent: M. Baumann, J. Garcia Others Present: Mike Bartholomew, Transit Administrator; Mary Ann Flenniken, Transit Administrative Secretary; Nellie Garcia, Dial-A-Ride Operations Supervisor, Mike Johnson, Acting 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 3:05 p.m. by C. Harvey. Roll call was taken. M. Bartholomew introduced Margo Bencomo, the new Rideshare Project Specialist. M. Bartholomew announced that J. Frietz resigned from the Board and this will be his last meeting. II. Review and Approval of Minutes C. Harvey moved to approve the minutes of the January Transit Board meeting. Seconded by C. Wilson, Jr. Motion carried. III. New Business 1. Transit proposal to change Route 9 service so that it better serves Mountain View Regional Medical Center and the adjacent Medical Office Building. a. TAB Discussion - M. Bartholomew explained the proposed new route to Mountain View Regional Medical Center. Initially, there was concern about the bus traveling on private property. Mountain View and the City will get into a contract regarding this issue. The new realignment will go to the public for input. Starting March 30th, transit will be conducting a survey on all the routes. b. Opportunity for public comment c. Request for Board approval of staff recommendation -The results of this survey and the information from the public meeting will be brought to the board at the next meeting. 2. Discussion of where to place transit shelters being funded by Community Block Development Grant funds and Federal Transit Administration funds. a. TAB Discussion —Tom Murphy brought forward the shelter information and he presented the list of recommended sights. b. Opportunity for Public comment—there was no public comment c. Request for Board approval of staff recommendation —C. Harvey motioned for approval. Seconded by C. Wilson, Jr. Motion carried. 3. Discussion of proposed holiday service schedule a. TAB Discussion — Mike Bartholomew presented the Holiday Service schedule to the Board for approval. (see attached). b. Opportunity for Public comment—there was no public comment c. Request for Board approval of staff recommendation —C. Harvey recommended to proceed with this proposal as presented. Seconded by C. Wilson, Jr. Motion Carried. 4. Discussion'of proposed farebox models for new buses being delivered in September 2004 a. TAB Discussion —After some discussion regarding the Smart Card Technology and the presentation of the Automatic Fare Collection System, J. Frietz moved to accept this proposal. Seconded by C. Ray. Motion Carried. b. Opportunity for Public comment—there was no public comment. 5. Discussion of staff proposal to implement a shopping bag limit on the paratransit service (Dial-A-Ride) a. TAB Discussion —There was much discussion regarding the bag limit for the Dial-A-Ride proposal. b. Opportunity for Public comment—Some of the public was confused between the Dial-A-Ride proposal and the Fixed Route. The Fixed Route was not requesting this limit. c. Request for Board approval of staff recommendation —C. Harvey moved to approve the proposal to include 4 piece bag limit for the Dial-A-Ride. Seconded by C. Harvey, Jr. Motion Carried IV. Other Business 1. General Discussion and Updates a. Ridership report— Ridership stats were discussed. b. Report on status of informational signs at the Central Transfer Point and Mesilla Valley Mall — M. Bartholomew discussed the installation of the information signs at Mesilla Valley Mall. Hopefully they will be installed in the next couple of months. c. Job Access Reverse/Commute program update—The state is still in the process of evaluating the state match for the JARC service. J d. Amended Short Range Transit Plan update -Tom Murphy presented to the Board the Amended Short Range Plan. (see attached). e. Intermodal Transit Center Facility update-Staff will be looking at the concerns and will bring these to the public. f. Transit advertising update-The Board has requested legal advice. R. Jacquez has been invited to address our Board at the next meeting. g. Request for a special meeting on April 22, 2004. -The Board agreed to this special meeting. V. Other Discussion from Board Members and Public Two concerned that were brought forward from the public were the Sound System on the '89 buses and the gas fueling station on Motel Blvd. VI. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. Z are by: Approved by: Mary An lenniken, ecretary Charles Harvey, Chair Date: -a a - O`"�