CITY OF WORCESTER
Public Service and Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, February 24, 2020
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux
|Chairperson Gary Rosen |
|Vice Chairperson Donna M Colorio |
|Councilor Sarai Rivera |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
Approval of the Minutes
Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Public Service and Transportation hereby approves the minutes of the Public Service and Transportation Committee on December 17, 2019.
Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request the City Council Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation hold a public hearing(s) to discuss whether the inefficient, under-utilized, taxpayer-subsidized and possibly obsolete WRTA is serving the public transportation needs of Worcester residents.
# 10b CC May 28, 2019
Order of Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Khrystian E. King, Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Donna M. Colorio, Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Matthew E. Wally and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request Public Service and Transportation Committee hold public hearings throughout the city to consider the recommendations made by the Worcester Municipal Research Report in a report of May 2019. The report deals with the feasibility and desirability of establishing a three-year first of its kind pilot project in Massachusetts in which the WRTA would implement a fare-free system. As in several other cities and towns across America, it is expected that such a change would significantly increase ridership, reliability and efficiency, among others.
# 13b CC January 7, 2020
Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request City Council’s Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation discuss the feasibility of having WRTA buses transport more Worcester Public School students to and from school. Further, request Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation Committee consider all safety implications for youths who would utilize said services.
# 8c CC January 28, 2020
Communication of Timothy McGourthy, Executive Director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting, “The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA.”
# 8a CC June 4, 2019
Petition of Jo Hart request City Council provide a master plan for public transportation to the Polar Park area.
# 9e CC August 13, 2019
Petition of Jo Hart request City Council work with the City Solicitor and the Department of Transportation to clarify who or what entity is actually responsible for seeing what needs to be done to obtain at minimum a workable level of public transportation for Worcester from the Worcester Regional Transportation Authority (WRTA).
# 8g CC November 13, 2018