CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

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June 26, 2017

5:00 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH BUILDING

Council Chambers, 243 S. Allen Street

State College, PA 16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:      John Spychalski, Chairman

                                                            Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

                                                            Richard Kipp

                                                            Mark Parfitt

                                                            Kelly Felix

 

STAFF PRESENT:                             Louwana Oliva, General Manager

                                                            Eric Bernier, Director of Information Services

                                                            Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Transportation

                                                            Kimberly Fragola, Director of Finance

                                                            Liz Pierce, Director of Human Resources & Compliance

                                                            Jackie Sheader, Public Relations Manager                

                                                            Marsha Kyper, Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

                                               

OTHERS PRESENT:                         State College residents:

Joseph Januszkiewicz

                                                            Jackie Esposito

                                                            Emma Van Burns

                                                            Brady Clemens

                                                            Liz Bennett

                                                            Allison Brown

                                                           

Bellefonte resident:

                                                            Tim Mullen  

           

I.          CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the public hearing to order at 5:00 p.m.

 

II.        PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE INPUT ON PROPOSED FARE INCREASES AND SERVICE CHANGES

A.     Opening Comments

Eric Bernier referenced the handout, which had been provided to everyone attending the meeting and mentioned the fare increase effective date of August 1; August 19 effective date for service changes; the day pass pilot project, and elimination of the family pass.  

 

B.     PUBLIC COMMENT

Joseph Januszkiewicz: expressed support for the fare increase and CATA

 

Jackie Esposito: expressed support for the fare increase; expressed displeasure that the WE does not run in the summer, and that full-time employees are not being served; requested that all routes be looked at for equitable service.

 

Tim Mullen: expressed opposition to the fare increase; questioned the need for the new facilities currently under construction and whether there was ever a public hearing before construction was started.

 

Emma Van Burns: expressed opposition to the fare increase; suggested a fare increase for the game day shuttle; expressed opposition to the HP route change to a loop and stated that it will prevent people in Toftrees from buying groceries and that the inconvenience out-weighs delays.

 

Liz Bennett: expressed opposition to the fare increase, which she believes is unfair to the general ridership and does not include Penn State or apartment residents; suggested other sources for financial support such as Penn State and the apartment complexes.  She also requested an HP map to help her understand the route change.

 

Brady Clemens: expressed opposition to the fare increase and suggested holding fares level due to the impact on senior riders and others.

 

Allison Brown: expressed the same concerns she shared at the February public input meeting regarding the dangers to pedestrians crossing at the intersection of Valley Vista and Atherton Streets.

 

In conclusion, Eric Bernier stated that: rates for both Penn State and the apartment complexes have gone up annually and that the cash fare increase had been delayed; follow-up will be provided to members of the public who had attended the hearing.

 

III.       ADJOURNMENT

            Chairman Spychalski adjourned the meeting at 5:25 p.m.

 

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Louwana S. Oliva, Secretary                          Date