City of Shawnee Transportation Task Force
February 25 2016
Stephen called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM. Members present included: Stephen Powell, Norge Jerome, Joyce Pisani, Lisa Womack, Teresa Wolken, Jim Courtney, Rod Houck, Vicki Charlesworth and Neil Holman
1. Welcome Lisa Womack from KCATA
Lisa discussed the coordination between transit agencies to make public transit better in the region.
It’s more challenging to coordinate with special services because the eligibility requirements are different in many jurisdictions. They have consolidated the ADA application and created one phone number to call for the service.
Special Edition opened their service area to include Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS and riders can use it for more than just medical trips.
KCATA is working on a regional taxi voucher program. It will be open to Johnson County, Sugar Creek, MO, Raytown, MO, and some boarder cities. It will be very similar to CityRide. It’s just a pilot area for now.
Bridj is a new program that is a cross between Uber and a commuter route. You can download an app on your smart phone to use the system. If you request service, it will tell you where to meet others in the area who have requested the service. It will take you to a common area where other riders are going. It is being piloted for one year and starts March 7. Target areas are KU Medical Center, Downtown, and possibly the 18th Street corridor.
Jim mentioned that Ford Motor Company is also involved. He said that one of the goals is 60% percent of the jobs in the metro area be connected by transit. This is an effort to fulfill that goal in light of the geographic area. He said the Intermodal area could be a good test area due to the lack of transit currently available and the high volume of employees.
Lisa said in July they are starting a pilot where everyone who rides the Share Fare services (door-to-door service) can get on a bus as an option. Expanding all the other options will create a more positive experience for riders.
Stephen said it would be interesting to coordinate with Lenexa and Olathe because we are all offering the same service.
Teresa agreed and said we would have to figure out the billing on the back end.
Jim mentioned a trip planning software that was being implemented in Los Angeles that would show you all the transit options, systems and the cost.
Lisa said it would be good to offer the ability for everyone to see what options are available instead of using a car. Lisa also discussed the travel training where someone would meet a rider and help them navigate the bus system.
Stephen said it would be good if the KCATA would honor the CityRide receipt or the CityRide card as a transfer so they wouldn’t have to pay the bus fare.
Lisa said the phone number for Travel Training is 816-346-0809.
2. Approve Minutes from November 5, 2015 Meeting
MOTION: Jim/Joyce: Approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Ride Reports
Stephen reviewed the ride reports. The group discussed advertising at some of the areas that have high ridership.
Jim mentioned contacting the AAA to find about the Champ Card program, which is for seniors.
Joyce mentioned that you have to take a class, they give you the card, you can load meals on it and use it at grocery stores.
Teresa mentioned looking in CabConnect to see what time riders go to Wal-Mart and other retailers to target our advertising.
Jim mentioned doing a short YouTube video that could be played at the Civic Centre where it could be viewed by senior citizens.
Rod mentioned wanting to work with his new volunteer to research how many riders live in western Shawnee and how well those riders are being serviced. He also mentioned finding out how many seniors live in western Shawnee (west of I-435).
4. New Business
The group agreed to lift the expiration date and rely on the max accrual of 60 to manage the liability of unused rides. Vicki said we will provide a list of new riders who are on the grant program.
Rod said he would like to have the Clerk’s staff ask riders how they found out about the program. Stephen said he will add it to the application.
Norge called in advance to get a taxi. She was told on 12/29/15 that when she ran her card it said it was invalid. She paid the driver cash. She didn’t know the rides expired. She said riders need to know about the number of rides they can have.
Rod discussed the Older Adult Driving Expo. Teresa said we should combine our table with Lenexa. Vicki said we will try and promote the event to our residents.
Rod said there were about 150 people last year. This year the event is being held at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park.
The group agreed that it was a good idea to have a booth. Stephen said he would submit the application and pay the fee. He will contact Lenexa to see if they want to share a table.
5. Old Business
Stephen provide an update on the calls that were made to riders who took very few rides. He commended Teresa and her team on taking good care of our riders who have issues.
Rod provided an update on his education activities. He sent information to a pastor’s group. He had one follow-up inquiry. He took two packets to churches who were not on the pastor list. He also took information to several offices at KU Med-West. Last week he spoke at Third Thursday with the Mayor. He has talked with and sent information to the Fire Chief. Information will be included in their newsletter. He also talked to Greg Collins at the Police Department. Information will be in their newsletter too. He created a draft of a program for a church where riders who cannot afford rides could have members of the congregation fund them. He is working with a new volunteer who is interested in promoting the program. He said by this summer he would like to step out of the education programming and have someone take it over.
Vicki said we will add the new volunteer to the email list for upcoming meetings.
Rod discussed becoming a 501c3.
6. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm at City Hall.
The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.