MIDLAND DIAL-A-RIDE ADVISORY BOARD

Quarterly Meeting

January 24, 2006

Midland Service Center

 

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm by Chairperson Charlotte Williams.

 

Members Present:  Swain, LaForest, Rockwell, Williams

 

Members Absent:  None

 

Staff Present:  McGuire, Yuergens

 

Minutes

Rockwell moved Swain second to approve minutes.

 

Call to Audience

Williams issued a call to the audience for items not on this meeting’s agenda.  There was no response.

 

Vehicle Update

Staff reported that two new buses had been received and had been placed in service.  Both buses accommodate 12 walk-on passengers or 2 wheelchairs and 8 walk-ons.  The wheelchair access area has been enlarged to promote safety of the driver strapping in the chairs.  The Midland DART has been approved for nine additional buses, but the funding has not yet been released.

 

A tour of the new bus was provided for the Commission.

 

2005 Ridership Statistics

Yuergens presented information comparing ridership in 2003, 2004, and 2005.  The 2005 stats show 157,384 riders in 2005 compared to 148,394 in 2004.

 

Customer Concerns

A clicking sound in the rear of bus #81 was identified by Commission Chair Williams.

 

Old Business

None

 

New Business

Staff distributed the DART Accessibility Plan which emphasizes that the same services are available to elderly and disabled patrons as to those who are neither elderly or disabled.  Motion by LaForest second by Williams to receive the accessibility plan for 2006.  Motion carries.

 

2006 dates were set as 4/11, 8/29, and 11/28.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

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Marty McGuire

Director of Public Services