City of Shawnee Transportation Task Force
November 10, 2016
Stephen called the meeting to order at 1:09 p.m. Members present include Stephen Powell, Norge Jerome, Rod Houck, Jim Courtney, Tyler Means (KCATA), Vicki Charlesworth, Shirley Douglas and Marie Sorenson.
1. Welcome Guests
Tyler Means with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority introduced himself.
2. Approve Minutes from August 4, 2016
MOTION: Jim/Rod: Approve the minutes. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Ride Reports
Jim said it would be a good idea to add an area on the CityRide application for applicants to list who should be notified in case of an emergency.
Stephen said he would look at KCATA’s application for their taxi service and see where we could make Shawnee’s more consistent.
Jim said we don’t want to discourage people from being on multiple programs. He said as we share data we may find out that people need more rides.
Tyler said as new services are offered, riders will not stop using existing services but will use all services that are offered. He said other cities have experienced this. The said the KCATA has parameters in place to control demand based on need.
Shirley asked about the KCATA’s program.
Tyler mentioned Ride KC Taxi program as well as on demand services being offered in 2017.
Rod asked if rider’s kids were paying for their rides.
Stephen said he was not away of any but would ask the clerks.
Jim said he believed that most of the riders would live in independent living.
Vicki said someone from Brookdale and the spouse would call for rides, but when they travel, a family member is going with them.
Rod asked how many active riders were in the system.
Stephen said he thought it was about 326. He said he would start adding a report that shows the number of new riders each month.
Marie asked if most riders were female.
Stephen said that after looking at the list he would assume so based on names.
Marie said that the Hy-Vee meals may be driving ridership.
Tyler said that Lenexa would allow riders to purchase all their rides up front or they can buy them throughout the year.
Stephen said he would redo the Riders by Zip Code to show a summary of the number of riders in a zip code rather than itemizing them.
Stephen provided a quick update on the number of Grant rides taken (969) versus the number of non-grant rides taken (4,366).
4. New Business
Stephen reviewed the new Ridership Map.
Rod said the map was helpful to see where riders live.
Stephen discussed the correlation between the riders who live along 75th Street and the number of riders on the bus along 75th Street and the possibilities to partner with the KCATA on travel training.
Tyler explained the travel training program.
Tyler mentioned that the KCATA should honor the CityRide Card as a bus pass.
Tyler said we can meet and discuss it with others at the KCATA.
Stephen reviewed the list of promotional items.
Marie asked if we know how many riders are sixty-five years of age or older.
There was discussion on self-driving vehicles.
Jim asked how the promo items would get into the community.
Stephen said at city events or through service clubs like the Lion’s.
Rod mentioned he has been riding with one particular driving and gets a lot of information from her. He said she had a different car. She said they are all being painted silver and have “ztrip” on the side. He was concerned that riders are familiar with blue cabs and won’t recognize the silver vehicles. He mentioned a rider who know someone who is color blind and it might be easier to see the silver car with the blue “ztrip” sign. He suggests that we notify customers about the rebranding so they know that the ztrip cars are the same as 10/10 taxi.
Vicki and Stephen will meet with 10/10 about it.
Stephen said he can send information about branding changes with the CityRide survey. He also said we can add emergency contact information, a question about using the CityRide card as a bus pass, and a question about travel training. He said he would make updates and send to Rod, Jim and Teresa for comments before sending.
5. Old Business
Rod mentioned that a number of people he and Marie have spoken to about the program do not know about it. He said it would be good to pitch a feature article.
Jim said it would be good to push it out on social media and mentioned that mid-January might be a good time to do a targeted mailing, and possibly piggy back it with a contest.
Stephen provided an update on the current 5310 grant.
6. Miscellaneous Items
Stephen said a CityRide Update is tentatively scheduled for the January 3, 2017, Council Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m. but it may get moved to a later meeting. He said the next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017.
The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.