Dial-A-Ride Advisory Commission

Quarterly Meeting

March 1, 2004

Midland Municipal Service Center

 

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Chairperson Virginia Morrison.

 

Members present:  Morrison, Williams, Swain

 

Members absent:  None

 

Staff present:  Marty McGuire, Jan Yuergens

 

McGuire outlined the ADA certification, Vehicle Accessibility Program request for State and Federal support.  Motion by Swain, second by Williams to approve the City Submittal.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

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 7:45 pm.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire

Director of Public Services