Dial-A-Ride Advisory Commission
March 1, 2004
Meeting was called to order at by Chairperson Virginia Morrison.
Members present: Morrison, Williams, Swain
Members absent: None
Staff present: Marty McGuire, Jan Yuergens
McGuire outlined the
McGuire explained the changes in bus procurement at the state level and discussed the back log in getting new busses. The system currently has three busses which are past due for replacement and by the end of fiscal year 04-05 will have eleven busses which will qualify for replacement.
Yuergens updated the Commission on the initiative of the Center for Independent Living to develop an inter-county transportation plan. Dial-A-Ride is cooperating to the point that current service is not compromised.
Yuergens discussed issues that have been raised by local nursing homes with regard to dialysis patients. They have asked DART to enter their facility to retrieve patients to take them into the dialysis center, then repeat the process for the return trip. Dial-A-Ride currently maintains only a curb to curb service. Yuergens explained that with over 17,000 annual wheelchair trips per year extended services would be impractical.
Yuergens discussed systems for dealing with advanced technology in walkers and motorized wheelchairs. She further discussed new safety training emphasizing evacuation of buses and an emergency shelter program which identifies sites within the community for shelter in case of severe weather.
Charlotte Williams identified as a consumer issue difficulty with the DART phone line. The clarity of the line has since been repaired.
Meeting adjourned at .
Director of Public Services