October 9, 2015 Meeting

10-9-15 | Agenda and Minutes


1. Public Comment
2. Extended Service hours Effective October 12, 2015
3. FY'16 Quarterly Update to RTM
4. Review of Routes
5. Bridge Street Bridge
6. NTD: Operations Update (ridership, budget and staffing)
7. Other Business

MEETING | Minutes

Westport Transit District Directors: Eugene Cederbaum and Jennifer Johnson; Westport RTM: Peter Gold; CTC Member: Sal Liccione; Westport Human Services, Barbara Butler; Public: John Hartwell and Laurie Bloom; and, Norwalk Transit District:  Nancy Carroll 

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM.

Public Comment
Ms. Laurie Bloom offered comments regarding an incident involving Hilda Cole on September 21, 2015 and her dissatisfaction with the communication surrounding the incident.   Barbara Butler offered comments supporting the communication breakdown that sometimes occur and the extended wait in a telephone queue.

Mr. Liccione indicated the CTC’s approval of the District’s decision to extend service hours.

Mr. Hartwell recommended the Westport Directors send a letter to the Downtown Steering Committee for an opportunity to participate in their process.

Extended Service Hours Effective October 12, 2015
The marketing of the extended service was discussed.  Ideas brought forth included:

  • Sign in station
  • Email to wait list
  • Full email blast to community
  • Posters
  • Station signs

It was agreed that a meeting devoted to marketing of services should be scheduled so an in depth conversation could occur.  The Directors agreed to meet on November 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM.  The Special Meeting would be focused on marketing.

FY’16 Quarterly Update to RTM
It was decided that a report should be scheduled for the end of October and the RTM Transit Committee will send suggested dates.

Review of Routes
Following the marketing focus it was agreed that routes would be looked at with a focus on the Greens Farms routes first and integration with the Sherwood Island Connector lot, followed by the S1 and S2.

Bridge Street Bridge
Discussion took place regarding the traffic back-up on the bridge and the impact on timely arrivals at the rail station in the morning.

NTD: Operations Update
The Transit District reported on ConnDOT funding levels.  Questions were psed as to the sum of money received from RR Parking based on the imperial Lot parking.

The District also gave an update on the ITS project.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 AM.