Convened: 5:43 p.m.

Adjourned: 8:05 p.m.


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

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


Also:†††††††††††††††††††† Chief Development Officer Philip J. Niddrie

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Projects Director Stephen F. OíNeil

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary MacInnes, Executive Director WRTA

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Richard Glavin, Customer Service WRTA

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† William Griffin, General Manager WRTA

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




1.                 Robert Howland, 5 Gilman Street, Worcester

2.                 Richard Saksa, 2 Lafayette Street, Worcester

3.                 Madeline Davenport, 105 Harrington Way, Worcester

4.                 Dorothea Simmons, 45 Briarwood Circle, Worcester

5.                 Paula Courtney, 27 Mount Vernon Street, Worcester

6.                 Arthur Kevorkian, 11 Lake Avenue, Worcester

7.                 Claudette Danielson, 11 Lake Avenue, Worcester

8.                 Richard Patel, 65 Walcott Valley, Hopkinton (Newsroom owner)

9.                 Scott Babbitt, 7 Augusta Street, Worcester

10.            Ellen Laverdure, 8 Hobson Avenue, Worcester

11.            Jo Hart, 675 Main Street, Worcester

12.            Felice Hall, 15 Houghton Street, Worcester

13.            Chris Bruce, 37 Fruit Street, Worcester

14.            Randy Ramos, 177 Belmont Street, Worcester

15.            Barbara T. White, 38 Upland Gardens Drive, Worcester

16.            Carolyn Gunther, Southwest Cutoff, Worcester

17.            Sue Lojko, 65 Harrison Street, Worcester

18.            Mary Healy, Lakeside Apartments, Worcester

19.            Alberta Williams, Lakeside Apartments, Worcester


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA consider repairing the broken air-conditioning equipment in their fleet before the summer of 2003.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA consider reviewing the layout of bus schedules and the public notifications of scheduled changes in service.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA address the concerns with Route 24 and the service for workers on the first and second shift.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA report to the City Council their policies and enforcement of policies surrounding smoking tobacco in and around bus shelters and stops in their transportation system.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA report to the City Council the concerns of citizens who have submitted their concerns to the transit agency.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA report on adding and using a bus stop at Franklin/Front Street for all routes that pass that corner of the Worcester Common.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA report to the City Council on the number of missed trips since Jan 1, 2002 and the reasons why they occurred.


Chairmanís Order request the City Manager obtain information from communities in Silicon Valley, California concerning alternative supplemental funding opportunities for transit authorities.


Chairmanís Order request the WRTA review the schedule and route of the Route 24 W bus route to determine if it might better accommodate the residents at Lakeside Apartments.


††††††††† Petitions


1.†††††† Arthur Kevorkian request to meet with the Public Service & Transportation Committee before January 19, 2002 to prevent cuts & stopping of bus services on Sundays to Lincoln Park Towers and other areas.

††††††††† #5 CCDecember 18, 2001

Recommend File


2.†††††† P.A. Courtney et al request for continued WRTA busing for elderly and disabled residents.

††††††††† #7 CCMarch 19, 2002

Recommend File


3.†††††† 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' away from bus stops that don'thave a seated booth and that signs be posted on all city bus stops informing the smoking public.

#15 CCJanuary 8, 2002

Recommend Hold


4.†††††† Arthur Kevorkian & Claudette Danielson request that the route change voted by the WRTA Advisory Board on July 18, 2002 to change the #24 Belmont route and to make U-turns on Park Ave. and back onto Lovell St. not be implemented.

#23 CC August 20, 2002

Recommend File


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

#13 CCJanuary 15, 2002

Recommend Hold


Communications of the City Manager


6.†††††† Relative to bus stop/shelter requests.

#7D CMJanuary 8, 2002

Recommend File


7.†††††† Relative to recently asked City Council questions regarding WRTA.

#7G CMJanuary 29, 2002

Recommend File


8.†††††† Relative to redesignation of exchange point of WRTA stops from City Hall to Union Station.

#7D CMFebruary 26, 2002

Recommend File


9.†††††† Relative to WRTA route changes and fare increases.

#7C CMMay 14, 2002

Recommend File


10.†††† Relative to air conditioning on WRTA buses.

#7B CMJuly 16, 2002

Recommend File


11.†††† Relative to WRTA - FY 2003 Budget.

#7T CMAugust 20, 2002

Recommend File




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

#22 CCJanuary 15, 2002

Recommend Hold