CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
March 22, 2004
4:00 PM
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING
Conference Room 241, 243 S. Allen Street
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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Spychalski, Chairman
Don Sherman, Vice-Chairman
Richard Kipp, Treasurer
Joe Davidson
Gary Powers

STAFF PRESENT:
Hugh Mose, General Manager
Joseph Gilbert, Director of Transportation
Judith Minor, Director of Administration
Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager
Terri Quici, Executive Assistant

OTHERS PRESENT:
Craig Humphrey, State College Borough Liaison
Tim Geibel, CRPA, Transportation Planner
Jon Eich, Candidate for PA General Assembly 77th District


I. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:04 PM and noted that the Board had held an Executive Session on March 8, 2004, regarding a personnel matter.

II. PUBLIC COMMENT
None

III OLD BUSINESS

A. Approval of February 23, 2004 Board Minutes
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes as distributed. Don Sherman moved to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2004 Public Hearing and Board meeting. Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

B. Finance Reports
Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to accept the February 2004 Finance Report. Gary Powers moved that the Board approve the February 2004 Finance Report. Joe Davidson seconded.

Judi Minor stated that there was nothing significant to discuss. Hugh Mose indicated that the Ride For Five passes are creeping upward but noted the growth is offset by decreased One-Pass purchases. Don Sherman asked if the budget was overall on target. Ms. Minor stated that it is close.

Chairman Spychalski called for a vote on the Finance Report. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution for Execution of Grant Agreements
Judi Minor stated that PENNDOT requires a blanket resolution every five years which authorizes the Chairman or Vice-Chairman (by position, not name) to execute any grants CATA receives. Joe Davidson asked whether the Board Secretary should be added. Ms. Minor stated that because the Secretary attests the resolution and that there are probably specific position titles that are authorized, the authorization should be limited to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Don Sherman asked if the resolution applies to those grants listed and Ms. Minor acknowledged that it did, as well as any others because it is a blanket resolution.

Joe Davidson moved that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board to execute any PENNDOT grants that are received. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

B. Budget 2004/2005
Judi Minor described the five-page FY 2004/2005 DRAFT Budget and memo that was included in the Board packet. Ms. Minor stated that there were slight changes made since the March 11 Work Session and those changes were indicated by boldface type. Ms. Minor noted that these changes are a result of receiving new estimates from the Department of Transportation for three subsidy programs and some changes in expenditures as discussed in the March 11 Work Session.

Next, Hugh Mose explained the DRAFT FY 2004/2005 Capital Improvement Plan. Mr. Mose stated that although at one time the development of the Capital Improvement Plan was completed in the fall, for the past several years it has been included in the DRAFT Budget. Mr. Mose named those capital projects which will see some activity in FY 2004/2005: CNG Articulated Buses; Schlow Library Transit Center; Advanced Public Transportation Systems; Transit Signal Priority System; Magnetic Stripe Fare Card Program; CNG Compressor Upgrade/Replacement; Cato Park Facilities Upgrades; Service Vehicles; Office, Shop, & Maintenance Equipment; Shelters & Other Bus Stop Improvements; and Major Bus Parts. Mr. Mose also noted that a separate $60,000 request has been made for the local shares of Capital Improvements.

Chairman Spychalski expressed his thanks to staff for developing such a good Budget.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the DRAFT 2004/2005 Budget. Richard Kipp moved that the Board accept the DRAFT 2004/2005 Budget. Gary Powers seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

C. Magnetic Stripe Fare Card Project - Procurement
Hugh Mose stated that this project is a major capital item in that it will cost about $250,000, and as such he felt the Board should provide authorization for the staff to proceed with the procurement.

Eric Bernier explained to the Board that the $250,000, already in place via special state bond funding, should be sufficient to fully fund the magnetic stripe card project. Mr. Bernier outlined the numerous benefits to using this technology which includes automating functions that a driver currently performs manually, increasing the integrity of the pass data, and discouraging the use of counterfeit passes.

In discussion, Don Sherman asked if the LOOP/LINK routes would use this technology. Mr. Bernier said that since these routes are fare-free, the swipe cards would not be used on them. Chairman Spychalski asked if the passes could be encoded for specific periods of time. Mr. Bernier stated that they could. Mr. Sherman also asked about whether senior passes would be included in the swipe card system. Mr. Mose explained that since the state mandates a different kind of pass for seniors, issuing a magnetic swipe card isnít being considered at present. Chairman Spychalski asked if there will be a signal to the driver from the farebox if the pass is not valid. Mr. Bernier acknowledged that there is a signal. Gary Powers asked if CATA staff will be performing the necessary installation work and Mr. Bernier stated that GFI Genfare will complete the installation. Other discussion regarding specific uses of the swipe card technology ensued, and Mr. Bernier explained that the technology includes pass verification only.

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the purchase of the items needed to integrate magnetic swipe cards into our fare collection and recording process. Don Sherman moved to approve the purchase. Joe Davidson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

V. OTHER BUSINESS

A. General Managerís Report
Mr. Mose stated that he had provided up-to-date information on happenings around the office to the Board in their Board packets. Mr. Mose noted that one item not mentioned was an incident in which a bus was surrounded by police. Mr. Mose explained that following a bank robbery on North Atherton Street, the police had surrounded a bus and removed one of the passengers. Joe Gilbert said there was no further information that he could provide.

Terri Quici provided to the Board samples of a marketing promotion (an imprinted pen) she will use when conducting RideShare presentations to local businesses and employee groups.

B. Service Development Report
Mr. Bernier noted that he had included a full report in the Board packet. Mr. Bernier added that he met with Penn State Transportation Office staff on Friday and that a tentative agreement was reached concerning summer LOOP/LINK services. Mr. Mose added that PSUís services might include the White LOOP this summer.

Gary Powers asked Mr. Bernier if buses will eventually service Grayís Woods and the new Geisinger Medical office building that is being planned in Patton Township. Mr. Bernier stated that there could be additional service if resources are available. Chairman Spychalski relayed his concern about how businesses are locating in places that are accessible only by the private automobile, and that CATA and the local municipalities need to work together to try to reverse that trend.

VI. ADJOURNMENT
Gary Powers moved to adjourn the meeting. Joe Davidson seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 PM

VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board re-convened in Executive Session.