January 21, 2014 Meeting

1-21-14 | Agenda and Minutes


1. Review of Minutes of November 12, 2013 Meeting
2. Public Comment
3. Westport Bus (Draft Existing Conditions) and Rail Study Updates
4. Marketing Update
5. FY'15 Budget Update
6. Ridership
7. 2014 Meeting Schedule
8. Other Business
MEETING | Minutes

Westport Transit District Directors: Eugene Cederbaum and Jennifer Johnson; Jim Ross, Peter Gold, Cathy Talmadge, Kristen Hamlin, Caroline Siegel and Sal Liccione; and, Norwalk Transit District:  Louis Schulman, Nancy Carroll and Richard Bangs.

The meeting was called to order at 8:35 AM. The minutes of the previous meeting held on November 12, 2013 were approved.  

Public Comment
Mr. Liccione requested mid-day service and bus shelters.  The Directors stated they are awaiting the results of the bus study, but bus shelters should be a future agenda item.

Ms. Hamlin expressed her concern with the meeting schedule and the time.  Evening meetings would be more conducive for RTM and general public participation.

Westport Bus and Rail Study Update
Mr. Schulman reported that a meeting has been tentatively scheduled for early February for discussion of initial recommendations.

FY’15 Budget Update
Considerable discussion occurred regarding the presentation of the budget.  The budget workshop with the Board of Finance is scheduled for February 12 at 6:30 PM.  The Special Hearing is March 18 at 7:30 PM.  The Directors did present the preliminary budget to the First Selectman.  Mr. Cederbaum said it was received positively.  Both Directors are working on the formal presentation to the Board of Finance.  There was discussion regarding a line item for a staff position.  Questions regarding part-time vs. full time were expressed as well as the implications of the Westport Transit District employing staff.

Marketing Update
Ms. Johnson and Mr. Ross discussed some of the marketing initiatives they were involved in.

Westport Projects on TIP
The capital planning process was discussed.  Shelters were part of the discussion and the need for a local share to access the federal enhancement funds.  Mrs. Carroll stated she would send the Directors the Coastal Corridor Bus Study for their consideration of locations for bus shelters.

Ridership statistics were not discussed.

2014 Meeting Schedule
The meeting schedule was not discussed.

Other Business
The Norwalk Transit District staff had to leave at 10 AM for another meeting.  The meeting continued with those remaining.  The meeting was adjourned at a later time.