September 29, 2016 Meeting

9-29-16 | Agenda and Minutes


1. Public Comment
2. Ridership - FY'17
3. FY'17 Budget Status
4. Door-todoor service efficiency evaluation
5. Fare increase
6. Alternative service models
7. Other Business

MEETING | Minutes

Westport Transit District Directors: Martin Fox and Patsy Cimarosa; Westport First Selectman: James Marpe; Westport RTM: Peter Gold; CTC: Sal Liccione; Westport Human Services: Sarah Heath; Public: Joseph Sledge; and, Norwalk Transit District:  Kimberlee Morton, Britt Liotta and Nancy Carroll 

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

Public Comment
There was no public comment.

Ridership Update – FY’17.
Mrs. Carroll provided ridership data to date.  Mr. Gold suggested working with Parking and doing a mailing to persons on wait list.

FY’17 Budget Status
Mr. Fox presented a recap of the budget process and discussed the $150,000 shortfall.  This was learned as part of Norwalk Transit District’s new financial management.  Fixed services are not as volatile as on demand services.  In addition, TOWN-TO-TOWN ridership is increasing, so the shortfall could rise to $175,000.  A presentation will be made to the Board of Finance (BOF) at their October meeting.  And a request for a supplemental appropriation will be made at the November BOF meeting. 

Door-to-door Service Efficiency Evaluation
Mr. Fox discussed the integration of Westport’s door-to-door services with the region’s delivery of service. Previously, vehicles and drivers were assigned to Westport exclusively, therefore productivity was impacted.  The integration should improve productivity and result in a more accurate allocation of costs.  Mr. Marpe expressed his concern for the potential disruption to customers’ service delivery.  Ms. Heath indicated that the social workers would do outreach to users.

Fare Increase
Mr. Fox described the fare increase Norwalk was adopting and indicated that Westport would follow suit.  Fares would be as follows:
            Shuttles:          $1.50 to $1.75 (full fare); $.75 to $.85 (half fare)
            Door-to-Door$3.00 to $3.50
The public hearing process would be followed.  There was also discussion on discounts for the purchase of multiple tickets. 

Alternative Service Models
A lengthy discussion followed on consideration and analysis of alternative service models.  Considerations will include: economics, efficiency, best practices, current costs, other options (such as Uber, Kennedy Center, ITN).  Mr. Marpe noted the need for a working group to analyze the many options.  Ms. Morton asked the Directors to share their analysis with Norwalk Transit.

Other Business
Both Mr. Marpe and Mr. Gold expressed an interest in the release of the Real Time application and moving it to a top priority.

Ms. Morton thanked the Town and the Directors for their understanding during the transition in Norwalk.  Likewise, Mr. Fox acknowledged and noted his appreciation of the Norwalk Transit District’s efforts to remain transparent and to assist the Town in their understanding of the finances and the delivery of services.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 AM