TAC on Thursday, March 18th at 4 pm via Zoom

The next TAC meeting will be on Thursday, March 18th at 4 pm via Zoom.  Also, please find information on transportation bills attached and below from Alexis Walls.  Transportation Advocacy Coalition (TAC) Meeting- Agenda Welcome and Introductions Updates • RAC (Riders' Action Council Meeting)  Zero Fare Coalition AAA On-Demand Task Force TPAG (Transportation Planning Advisory Group) City-level advocacy Statewide advocacy New Business: Future WRTA Advisory Board members- Rider and Disability Community Rep. status Researcher information sharing Open floor Closing Joe Bellil is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: TAC Meeting Time: Mar 18, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and [...]

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March 18, 2021 WRTA Advisory Board Meeting Notice

March 18, 2021 WRTA Advisory Board Meeting Notice Worcester Regional Transit Authority Open Meeting Notice for the Public. The WRTA Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 8:30am to be via webinar on Zoom due to the Governor’s State of Emergency provisions for public meetings. Please use the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99181065805?pwd=WjBQOGNkcmlMRnozTnptb24zZW16QT09 Passcode: 402385 Or iPhone one-tap :  US: +16465588656,,99181065805#,,,,*402385# Or Telephone:  Dial: US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592 Webinar ID: 991 8106 5805 Passcode: 402385 Agenda: Business from the Public: * Time allotted at the discretion of the Chairperson. Proposed FY`22 Budget [...]

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More About Bus Stops

I'd like to talk a little more about bus stops.. While it is the WRTA that is responsible for the buses, that responsibility generally ends at the curb. When you are waiting for a bus, you stand on real estate owned either by the City, or a corporation that owns a shopping plaza. The road that the bus travels on is controlled either by the City or the State. The City is responsible for the maintenance of  its own streets, but in many cases these streets are designed by MassDOT, which is fixated on getting more cars to move more [...]

By |2021-03-13T22:40:10+00:00March 13, 2021|Bus Stops|Comments Off on More About Bus Stops

An Act creating a New Deal for Transportation in the Commonwealth

DOWNLOAD FULL BILL HERE FEB. 24, 2021.....A three-step, 12-cent gas tax increase, fare-free MBTA and regional transit authority buses, new surcharges on parking space rentals and purchases, higher ride-hailing fees and more all featured in a new overhaul bill proposed by the Massachusetts Senate's point person on transportation. Transportation Committee Co-chair Sen. Joseph Boncore filed his omnibus proposal on Friday, igniting debate on how to relieve the returning dread of traffic, upgrade unreliable public transit infrastructure, and pay for a range of investments after his branch scuttled a House-approved set of transportation taxes and fees last year. The 49-page bill [...]

By |2021-03-05T02:12:55+00:00March 5, 2021|Transportation Legislation, Zero Fare|Comments Off on An Act creating a New Deal for Transportation in the Commonwealth

The Zero Fare Project

Last week we had a meeting of the RAC, the first formal get together for half a year. The Zero Fare project has been  everyone's main policy objective for well over a year, and its success has sustained ridership levels to a remarkable extent. Our focus has been there.   While our system is now running fare free until July, riders have other concerns as well.  I still ride the buses most days, and the overwhelming complaint of riders that I have  talked to this winter is the same as ever: The curb is used as a dumping ground for all the [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:05:24+00:00February 25, 2021|Zero Fare|Comments Off on The Zero Fare Project

Zero Fare Buses and the Green Worcester Plan

1/25/2021 Dear Members of the Worcester City Council, On behalf of Mass Audubon, we would like to resubmit our letter addressed to the City of Worcester and the authors of the Green Worcester Plan containing our support and suggestions for future drafts of the Green Worcester Plan. We are very pleased to see this plan moving forward and wish to note that a fare free approach for the regional bus system is one of the recommended policies in the Green Worcester Plan. Consequently, we would also like to announce our support for a Fare-Free WRTA. The Worcester Chamber of Commerce [...]

By |2021-01-29T02:14:56+00:00January 30, 2021|Green Worcester, Zero Fare|Comments Off on Zero Fare Buses and the Green Worcester Plan

Paratransit, Taxis, & Worcester

Dear Members of the Public Service & Transportation & Committee: The purpose of this email is to inform you about the need for wheelchair accessible on-demand public transportation in Worcester and to update you on our activities to address this. We are working to gain support from community leaders and spread awareness about accessible on-demand public transportation initiative we feel would improve the quality of life for Worcester residents with disabilities and create more transportation options/equitable transportation In 2019, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) provided over 1 million trips in Worcester, currently, there are zero wheelchair accessible TNC vehicles.  Worcester currently [...]

By |2021-01-29T02:13:15+00:00January 29, 2021|Paratransit|Comments Off on Paratransit, Taxis, & Worcester
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