CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
BOARD WORK SESSION
November 5, 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
OTHERS PRESENT: Jameson Haupt, State College Borough IT staff
I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
II. PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.
III. BOARD EMAIL TRAINING
Jameson Haupt, of the State College Borough RTC staff provided instruction on initial log-on and training for Board members on use of the newly developed CATA Board member email site. The Board agreed that use of the new Board mailbox would take effect on December 1, 2013 with a test email to be issued prior to that date.
IV. DISCUSSION ITEMS
1. Service Changes – January
Eric Bernier reported that a Service Planning meeting had been held at which the Service Planning team had talked through the following changes that might be considered for January: addressing the running time on the W (Park Forest) Route, extending late night and Sunday service to portions of the W Route, restructuring of the K (Cato Park) Route in anticipation of Penn State employees moving out to the Raytheon Building, and extending late night and Sunday service to portions of the M (Mall) Route. Eric and Ryan Harshbarger provided details on the recommended changes including the need to address interest from The Heights student housing complex for late night and Sunday services, which are currently being provided by another carrier.
Eric Bernier went on to report that changes to the M Route are also now under consideration, in response to a request from The Villas student housing complex near the Mall for more frequent daytime bus service, later service in the evenings, especially on the weekends, and more direct service to campus.
Hugh Mose stated that it is critical to put service in place at the earliest possible date to respond to the apartment complex requests. Hugh noted that the recommended changes are significant enough to require adjustments to all of the maps and timetables and everything that goes on behind the scenes with the APTS and the website. A new run-cut and driver bidding will be required.
The Board consensus was that the staff needed to obtain definitive information regarding whether The Heights is prepared to discontinue use of their current service provider if the W Route changes are made in January, and that the staff needed to provide the Board with cost estimates for making the changes. It was determined that a Special Board Meeting would be required in order to give further consideration and possibly vote on the recommended January Services Changes.
2. Organization Structure
Louwana referenced her memo and potential organization chart provided to the Board. Chairman Spychalski presented a written list of questions and considerations regarding the plan. The Board consensus was that more information on the cost, impact on the Budget, and timing involved in implementing the plan was needed. It was agreed that the subject would be revisited at the November Regular Board Meeting.
Chairman Spychalski declared the meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.
Hugh A. Mose, Secretary