CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
November 19, 2013
2081 W. Whitehall Road
State College, PA 16801
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: John Spychalski, Chairman
Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman
Richard Kipp, Treasurer
STAFF PRESENT: Hugh Mose, General Manager
Louwana Oliva, Assistant General Manager
Ryan Harshbarger, Interim Director of Operations
Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.
II. PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.
III. OLD BUSINESS
A. Service Changes – January
Hugh Mose reported that following a presentation by Eric Bernier at the November 5, 2013 Work Session regarding potential service changes in January, the Board had asked for additional information on the proposed revisions, especially in regard to their impact on the operating budget. This Special Meeting was scheduled in order to provide that information to the Board, so that the staff would have sufficient time to implement the changes. if approved by the Board.
Eric Bernier referenced his memo which provided an overview of the proposed service changes for January, and a matrix showing the estimated impact on revenue hours per day and per year; percent of total annual budgeted revenue hours; projected farebox recovery; net impact minus projected farebox; and percent of annual budget revenue hours after farebox. Eric stated that the proposed changes would represent a 2% increase over the total annual budgeted revenue hours.
Eric went on to report that the owners of The Villas student housing complex have indicated that they will discontinue any discussions with another service provider pending the outcome of today’s meeting; and the owners of The Heights have told him that their contract with another service provider will not be extended beyond the end of 2013, if CATA is able to provide the additional service being requested.
Hugh Mose reported that the expenditure required will reduce the amount of carry-over and that some of the cost will be recovered in future years due to the impact of the additional service on the state funding allocation formula. Ryan Harshbarger reported that riders per revenue hour will be one of the main measures of the success of the changes; and that because the changes are taking place during peak service times, there would be adequate rolling stock and personnel to cover the additional service.
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the staff making the January service changes up to 125% of the service hours presented today. Tammy Gentzel moved and Richard Kipp seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Spychalski declared the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.
Hugh A. Mose, Secretary