CENTRE AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 

BOARD WORK SESSION

MINUTES

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February 19, 2014

1:00 p.m.

2081 W. Whitehall Road

State College, PA 16801

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: John Spychalski, Chairman

Joe Davidson, Vice-Chairman

Richard Kipp, Treasurer

Tom Kurtz

 

EXCUSED: Tammy Gentzel

 

STAFF PRESENT: Hugh Mose, General Manager

Louwana Oliva, Assistant General Manager

Kimberly Fragola, Director of Administration

Ryan Harshbarger, Director of Transportation

Eric Bernier, Service Development Manager

Greg Kausch, Senior Transportation Planner

Terri Quici, Commuter Service Manager

Marsha Kyper, Assistant to the General Manager

 

OTHERS PRESENT: Tom Zilla, Principal Transportation Planner, CRPA/MPO

 

I.                   CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Spychalski called the Work Session to order at 1:05 p.m.

 

II.                PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

III.             MID-YEAR RECAP

Louwana Oliva referenced the Mid-year Recap, relative to the annual goals and objectives set by the Board, which had been included in the agenda packet. In response to questions from the Board, Louwana reported that old buses would not be retrofitted with cameras; Louwana and Ryan Harshbarger reported on a number of actions planned to address the persistent shortage of drivers.

 

IV.             INTRODUCTION

Greg Kausch provided a brief introduction to the Work Session.

 

 

 

V.                STRENGTHS / WEAKNESSES / OPPORTUNITIES / THREATS (SWOT) ANALYSIS

Greg Kausch introduced the SWOT analysis method of evaluating strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to CATA, and its role in the strategic planning process; provided a worksheet which includes example questions to generate thought and discussion and a sample SWOT analysis from the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). The Board and staff provided comments which resulted in a list of strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats for CATA according to the following guidelines:

 

 

         Strengths: characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others. Internal, positive factors.

         Weaknesses: characteristics that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others. Internal, negative factors.

         Opportunities: elements in the external environment that the business or project could exploit to its advantage. External, positive factors.

         Threats: elements in the external environment that could cause trouble for the business or project. External, negative factors.

 

A five minute break was taken at this point in the meeting.

 

VI.             STRATEGIC VISIONING EXERCISE

Greg Kausch referenced the list of strategic visioning questions in the agenda packet, which were provided to generate additional thought and discussion among meeting participants and included the following elements: overall vision and corporate philosophy, competing needs, balance of service, operational issues, pricing, financial, fueling, sustainability, and new service delivery models. Hugh Mose presented each question and provided additional detail. The staff and the Board offered comments on several of the questions; however, in most cases consensus was not confirmed. Due to the lack of time to complete this portion of the agenda, it was agreed that a Work Session would be added to the end of the Regular Board Meeting, scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014, to address the last three visioning issues: alternative fuels, sustainability and new service models.

 

VII.          CATA STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE CHAPTER 2 (CURRENT CATA OPERATIONS) AND PROJECT STATUS REPORT

Due to the lack of time to complete this portion of the agenda, it was agreed to address this item at the Work Session scheduled to follow the Regular Board Meeting, scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014.

 

VIII.       ADJOURNMENT

Chairman Spychalski declared the Work Session adjourned at 5:02 p.m.

 

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Hugh A. Mose, Secretary

 

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