Perhaps the most interesting is the decision to defer action on a possible ballot measure for weekend and evening service.
You may recall that there was some discussion of trying to put a measure on the May ballot of either a property tax or a payroll tax that would fund "phase II" of the system realignment - aka "Moving Forward" - and bring some weekend and evening service to Salem.
They consulted with the Chamber of Commerce - and a striking omission in the board materials is the letter from the Salem Chamber of Commerce!
[GM] Mr. Pollock and Board members met with the Salem Chamber Public Policy Committee on January 8th to present Phase II of the Moving Forward plan and receive feedback on expanding service within Salem-Keizer Transit’s service area and how to fund it. The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted on this issue at their January 21st meeting and sent Mr. Pollock a letter with their findings. [minutes from Jan 22 board meeting]That's as much as Cherriots is sharing. The letter or a summary of its recommendations is nowhere to be found.
That makes you a little suspicious!
Especially considering that there is a full slide deck on a poll that Cherriots commissioned.
|Regular folks give more support to a payroll tax|
|Property tax not as favored|
In any case, the disparity between the transparent presentation of the poll and the hidden nature of the Chamber's letter is worth registering.
The upshot: Delay.
Staff recommends the Board delay any decision on when to file notice until further community input is received and considered. Consequentially, this would eliminate a ballot measure for the May 2015 election. Staff also recommends the Board direct the General Manager to seek out additional community input, as proposed above, and bring a report of the finding to the May 2015 Board meeting.This shouldn't actually surprise us. The timeline had seemed compressed, and so at least from here, this seemed like the most probable and expected outcome.
Other stuff - Transit Center, Service Change Plan
|Site assessment: Walmart on Baxter and Commercial best|
In order to prepare a formal proposal, SAMTD will need engineering support to develop preliminary design concepts to include in the proposal. In addition to the preliminary design concepts, an initial environmental screening evaluation needs to take place to determine the level of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that will need to be conducted prior to full design and development of the SSTC.Cherriots is looking to purchase up to 175 new bus stop shelters.
There's a large report on the proposal to start the new routes and schedules on September 8th. In it are maps and schedules on the "service change plan."
|Evolution of System Realignment from August to February|
|Concerns about West Salem:|
But, we're advocating for a $500 million bridge for you!
And the Rideshare report.
Here's the latest:
|Drive Less Connect Numbers for Q2, 2014-2015 year|
|Drive Less Connect Numbers for Q2, 2013-14|
New users in a list:
303 - Q1, 2013-14
728 - Q2, 2013-14
150 - Q3, 2013-14
139 - Q4, 2013-14
185 - Q1, 2014-15
315 - Q2, 2014-15
The current Rideshare initiative is for car-pooling:
|You might have seen the Carpool Karma ads around|
Cherriots' Board meets Thursday the 26th at 6:30pm, Courthouse Square, Senator Hearing Room, 555 Court St NE.