CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

PUBLIC HEARING

AND REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

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APRIL 26, 2010

4:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Borough Council Chambers, Room 304

State College, PA  16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                       John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                                                                                Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                                                                                Richard Kipp, Treasurer

                                                                                                                Gary Powers

                                                                                                                Kathryn Bittner

 

STAFF:                                                                                                  Hugh Mose, General Manager

                                                                                                                Judith Minor, Director of Administration

                                                                                                                Sherry Snyder, Director of Operations

                                                                                                                Mark Kutzer, Director of Maintenance

                                                                                                                Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

                                                                                                                Jackie Sheader, Marketing Manager

                                                                                                                Julie Hartley, Human Resources Manager

                                                                                                                Terri Quici, Commuter Services Manager

                                                                                                                Greg Kausch, Transportation Planner

                                                                                                                Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

 

I.             CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.

 

II.            EXECUTIVE SESSION

Chairman Spychalski announced that an Executive Session was held on March 22, 2010 to discuss personnel matters.

 

III.           PUBLIC HEARING

Hugh Mose reported on the proposed fare increases.  Chairman Spychalski opened the floor for public comment on the proposed fare increase.

 

John Egan, State College, stated that the background information provided was not helpful and that he would have appreciated some idea why the increases have been planned; what the funding sources are and any changes in the funding sources that have led to the proposed fare increases.

 

Hugh Mose responded that CATA’s funding sources include: fares (50 % from the farebox), institutional partners who purchase service, and State, Federal and Local tax dollars.  Chairman Spychalski explained that the proposed fare increase has been deemed necessary in order to maintain the current level of service in light of increased operating and healthcare costs and the uncertainty of state and federal funding.   Hugh Mose further explained that State funding has been the same for the last three years; that Federal support has increased only slightly, by about 5% per year, and local shares have not been increased for two years. 

 

John Egan inquired about the kind of discount apartment residents receive on their bus fare.  Hugh Mose responded that CATA negotiates contracts with individual apartment complexes to provide route specific passes for their residents and that the average cost is 0.90 cents per passenger carried.

 

John Egan stated that he thought the fare increase for CATARIDE seemed disproportionate.  Chairman Spychalski responded that Mr. Egan’s statement would be noted for the record.  John Egan then stated that he thought the increase was unwarranted and inquired whether CATA’s meetings were made public.  Chairman Spychalski responded that CATA’s meetings are open to the public and that transcripts of meetings can be made available and are posted on the website after they are approved by the CATA Board of Directors.

 

Dirk Gruper, Patton Township, expressed his support of the fare increase.

 

Chairman Spychalski stated that three comments had been received via email and were noted for the record.    With no further citizens coming forward to comment, Chairman Spychalski closed the hearing. 

 

VI.          PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no public comments.

 

V.            OLD BUSINESS

 

                A.            Approval of Minutes of March 18, 2010 Board Work Session Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the March 18, 2010 Board Work Session as presented.  Richard Kipp moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

                B.            Approval of Minutes of March 22, 2010 Regular Board Meeting

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the March 22, 2010 Regular Board Meeting as presented.  Gary Powers moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

                C.            Approval of the March 2010 Finance Report

The March 2010 Finance Report was presented.  Judi Minor reported that a line had been added to both the Cash Balances and Balance Sheets for the Line of Credit.  Kathryn Bittner inquired about the high cost of Revenue Vehicle Maintenance for the month.  Mark Kutzer responded that at least eight of the most heavily used buses had required major repairs.                

 

Hugh Mose reported that there was one more Full Service weekday in March this year than last, and that there was a net increase in ridership of 8.35%.  Hugh went on to state that OnePass sales were up 25% and Ride-for-Five pass sales were up 6.6%. 

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to receive the Finance Report as presented.  The motion was moved and seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

D.            Policy Adoption

Julie Hartley referenced the polices that were presented at the March meeting for Board review and stated that the Weapons Policy, which had previously been held out for further staff review, was now included with no recommendations by staff for any changes at this time.  Julie further commented that this was the final set of policies for the Board’s consideration this Fiscal Year.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adopt the policies as presented.  Gary Powers moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

E.            Fund Year 2010/2011 Service Plan Update

Eric Bernier provided a written report for the Board and stated that it included two significant variations from what had been previously presented: a staff recommendation to separate the Airport service from the existing P Route and possible changes to the K Route in response to the planned closing of the Bank of America call center in Bristol Park.

 

                                Since this item was for information only, no action was required.  

 

 

 

                F.            FY 2010/2011 Budget Update

                                Hugh Mose referred to the DRAFT Budget in the Board packets and stated that the

cover memo describes the revisions that were made to the local shares as a result of needing to rerun the Miller Formula, which was necessary due to the closing of the Bank of America call center affecting the K Route.

 

VI.          NEW BUSINESS

               

                A.            Bid Award- Vanpool Vans

Terri Quici reported that in February CATA advertised for bids for up to six (6) multi-passenger vans for the CATACOMMUTE Vanpool Program.  Some of the vans are to be used for replacement of the older 2005, 15-passenger vans obtained from Penn State in October 2007; some will serve new vanpool groups.  Thirty-three (33) bid packages were mailed out; three (3) bids were received and publicly opened.  After a thorough review of the submittals, staff has determined that Mobility Works, of Akron, Ohio, the lowest bidder with a bid of $29,794 per van, fully meets the specifications.  The other bids received were from Accubilt-Tuscany at $33,251.38 per van and Chapman Auto Group at $29,821 per van.  PennDOT has reviewed CATA’s materials and supports the staff recommendation.

 

Hugh Mose noted that staff may wish to purchase fewer than six vans in order to buy smaller vans to meet the needs of smaller vanpool groups. 

               

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to authorize the General Manager to award a contract to Mobility Works, for the purchase of up to six (6) vanpool vans at a price of $29,794 per van, with the total project amount not to exceed $192,000.  Kathryn Bittner moved and Gary Powers seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

                B.            Bid Award – CNG Tank Replacement

Mark Kutzer reported that last month CATA advertised an Invitation for Bids for the replacement of compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks on its buses.  This project was initiated due to the fact that the tanks on CATA’s Orion and New Flyer buses are certified for 15 years, and the ones on the 1996 Orions will expire at the end of calendar year 2010.  By regulation, the tanks cannot be recertified; all 128 (eight per bus) must be replaced.   Hugh Mose stated that the project will be paid for using State Section 1517/CMAQ/ARRA funds.

 

Mark Kutzer further reported that eight bid packages were distributed and three (3) bids were received and publicly opened on March 26, 2010.  Kaiser Construction of Homeworth, Ohio was the apparent low bidder at $495,812.50.  However, the Kaiser bid was determined to be non-responsive, because the firm did not meet the minimum qualifications listed in the bid package due to lack of transit experience.   The staff recommends awarding the bid to FAB Industries of Anniston, Alabama, the next highest bidder at $529,496.98.  FAB does meet all of the qualifications listed in the bid package and it is currently replacing the tanks on the 1998 New Flyer buses as a subcontractor to Coach Crafters.  The third bidder, Environmech of Long Beach, California bid $665,960.00.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to authorize the General Manager to award a contract to FAB Industries for the replacement of the CNG tanks on CATA’s Orion buses, in the amount of $529,496.98.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.            Bid Award – Diesel Tank Replacement

Hugh Mose reported that two bids for the Diesel Tank Replacement were opened and publicly read prior to the Board meeting but that staff needed more time to review the bids before making a recommendation to award the contract.  Hugh requested that the Board authorize the awarding of a contract to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, with the understanding that the matter will be placed on the agenda for the next Board meeting for retroactive concurrence.

 

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that the Board authorize the General Manager to award a contract to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder for the purchase of an above-ground diesel tank, with such award to be approved retroactively by the Board.  Joe Davidson moved and Richard Kipp seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

               

D.            Centre County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Greg Kausch reported that at the December 17 Planning Work Session, staff had solicited input from the CATA Board of Directors on transit projects to include in the major update of the LRTP, with the Board reaching a consensus on 11 projects to submit for consideration.  The Project Ranking Sub-Committee of the Centre County MPO has rated each candidate transportation project submitted and agreed to allow the CATA Board of Directors to make policy-level adjustments to these rankings.  Greg stated that the staff recommends the following rankings for the 11 projects:

 

                1.            Operations and Maintenance Facility Expansion

                2.            Moshannon Valley Commuter Bus Service

                3.            Penns Valley Commuter Bus Service

                4.            Altoona / Tyrone Commuter Bus Service

                5.            Local Service Expansion to Milesburg / Buffalo Run Valley

                6.            Regional Park and Ride Study

                7.            College Avenue Bus Stop Improvements

                8.            College / Beaver Avenue Transit Signal Priority

                9.            Lower Bald Eagle Valley Commuter Bus Service

                10.          Mountaintop Region Commuter Bus Service

                11.          North Atherton Street Bus Rapid Transit

 

Following brief discussion, Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion that the Board approve the staff-recommended ranking of transit projects for the LRTP.   Kathryn Bittner moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

VII.         OTHER BUSINESS            

 

A.            General Manager’s Report 

Hugh Mose referenced the Bi –weekly “For Your Information” Report that was included in the Board packets. 

 

                B.            Service Development Report      

                                Eric Bernier referenced the Service Development Report that was included in the Board

                                packets.

 

VIII.        ADJOURNMENT

Chairman Spychalski entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Gary Powers moved and Joe Davidson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

 

IX.           Executive Session

The Board reconvened for an Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.