PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

MAY 19, 2003

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 4:36 p.m.

Adjourned: 6:01 p.m.

 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Joseph M. Petty

††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Michael C. Perotto

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Also: ††††††††† WRTA Administrator Mary MacGinnis

††††††††† ††††††††† WRTA Mgr Busing Services Richard Glavin

††††††††† ††††††††† WRTA Marketing Shannon Edwards

††††††††† ††††††††† CMRPC Trans Programming Carl Hellstrom

††††††††† ††††††††† WRTA General Manager Alex Roman

††††††††† ††††††††† City of Worcester WRTA liaison Stephen OíNeil

††††††††† ††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

††††††††† Petitions

 

1.†††††† Khalilah J. Atkinson request a law in Worcester that smoking inside bus stops be prohibited and penalized with a public fine.Further that people who smoke should have to be at least 15 feet away from bus stops that don't have a seated booth and that signs be posted on all city bus stops informing the smoking public that they need to be at least 15 feet or more from non-booth bus stops and at least 5 feet away from bus stops with seated booths.

#15 CCJanuary 8, 2002

In Committee September 4, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

2.†††††† Mayor Timothy P. Murray & Councillor Barbara G. Haller on behalf of Nick Zwirblia request bus shelter be replaced in front of 1050 Main St.

#13 CCJanuary 15, 2002

In Committee September 4, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend File

 

Communications of City Manager

 

3.†††††† Relative to copy of the minutes from the WRTA Public Hearings.

#7M CMOctober 1, 2002

RecommendFile

 

4.†††††† Relative to WRTA Report regarding number of wheelchair trips provided.

#7L CMOctober 1, 2002

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Relative to WRTA Report regarding details of purchasing monthly ridership tickets.

#7J CMOctober 1, 2002

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Relative to issues relative to the WRTA.

#7H CMOctober 1, 2002

Recommend File

 

7.†††††† Relative to WRTA Report regarding ridership statistics.

#7GCMOctober 1, 2002

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Relative to number of missed trips by month by the WRTA.

#7F CMOctober 1, 2002

Recommend File

 

9.†††††† Relative to WRTA Reportregarding notification as to when bus routes are changed.

#7E CMOctober 1, 2002

Recommend File

 

10. Relative to complaint regarding the bus route from Lakeside Apartments to Webster Square Plaza.

#8A CMOctober 29, 2002

Recommend File

 

11.†††† Relative to WRTA Budget Reductions.

#8E CMApril 15, 2003

Recommend File

 

12.†††† Communication of Roberta Schaefer, Executive Director, Worcester Regional Research Bureau transmitting Worcester Regional Transit Authority: Problems and Options.

#22 CCJanuary 15, 2002

In Committee September 4, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to report to the City Council concerning the feasibility of initiating a corporate sponsorship of regional transit services.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to report to the City Council on the designation of a City Bus Day that would encourage public elected and appointed officials to utilize only public transit services on a specific date for their transportation needs.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration request the WRTA to report to the City Council whether the use of smaller buses would be a means of cutting costs while maintaining transit service.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration report to the City Council the number of taxi cabs that are handicap accessible.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Solicitor advise the City Council if WRTA labor agreements are public information, and if they are, to provide copies of same to the City Council.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration report to the City Council the marketing program of the WRTA.

 

Chairmanís Order request the WRTA consider installing a late-night bus.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration forward a videotape of the Public Service and Transportation Committee meeting to the office of Governor Romney so that his administration better understands the plight of transit users in Central Massachusetts.

 

Speakers:

 

1.                 Paula Courtney, 27 Mount Vernon Street, Worcester

2.                 Terrie Cherry, 21 Baxter Street, Worcester

3.                 Cheryl Houlihan, 41 Baltic Road, Worcester

4.                 Maura Hastings, 11 Wildey Avenue, Worcester

5.                 Paulette Fortier, 18 Ashland Street, Worcester

6.                 Mark Binnal, 4 Field Street, Auburn

7.                 Barbara White, 38 Upland Gardens Drive, Worcester

8.                 Jennifer Ives, 143 Maywood Street, Worcester

9.                 Bernadette Kerns, Harlow Street, Worcester

10.            Michael Dyer, 66A South Main Street, Millbury

11.            Nathan Stout, 38 Upland Gardens Drive, Worcester

12.            Wayne Field, 10 Glen Ellen Road, Worcester

13.            Randy Ramos, 177 Belmont Street, Worcester

14.            Fred Webber, 79 Pleasant Street, Worcester

15.            Alice Dorney, Upland Gardens Drive, Worcester

16.            Jo Hart, 675 Main Street, Worcester

17.            Angel Amado, 9 Mill Pond Road, Worcester

18.            Frank Thomas, 22B Mayside Lane, Worcester

19.            Debra Densmore Cary, Princeton

20.            Winifred Octave, Northampton Street, Worcester

21.            Steve Power, 5 Viking Terrace, Worcester

22.            Penelope Gagnon, 38 B Lane, Clinton

23.            Anna Leon, 12 Ferdinand Street, Worcester

24.            Mary Poppin, 1050 Main Street, Worcester

25.            John Rochette, Webster