Wheelchairs and Buses…

I recently took a ride on the buses with Monque Girard, a wheelchair user with an encyclopedic knowledge of the inconveniences, discomforts, and perils of the bus stops of the WRTA. I'll give you an example, in her own words: "Saturday, I was on Shrewsbury Street and my battery was running low. I tried to take a bus home. Even though many of the bus stops on Shrewsbury Street are accessible, if there are drivers parking their cars in a way that prevents the bus from reaching the curb, it is impossible for me to board the bus. While I [...]

By |2021-04-25T01:55:15+00:00April 25, 2021|Bus Stops, Paratransit, Wheelchair|Comments Off on Wheelchairs and Buses…

Pending March 26, 2021 WRTA Advisory Board Audit & Finance Committee Meeting Notice

Pending March 26, 2021 WRTA Advisory Board Audit & Finance Committee Meeting Notice Worcester Regional Transit Authority Open Meeting Notice for the Public. The WRTA Advisory Board Audit & Finance Committee has scheduled a meeting for Friday, March 26, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. via conference call due to the Governor’s State of Emergency provisions for public meetings.  Agenda: Discuss FY`22 budget, Prepare a recommendation for the WRTA Advisory Board.  Business from Advisory Board Audit and Finance Committee Members. MORE DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE.   The WRTA meetings are conducted in accessible locations. If you need accommodations please contact Carolyn Foley [...]

By |2021-03-13T22:58:59+00:00March 26, 2021|, , |Comments Off on Pending March 26, 2021 WRTA Advisory Board Audit & Finance Committee Meeting Notice

LivableStreets Alliance is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Free Buses Convening This meeting will take place on Tuesday, 3/23 at 1pm   Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95763450206?pwd=TDdDbEpqZmlxWE4xMkx1WEVteGUxQT09  Meeting ID: 957 6345 0206 Passcode: 156655 One tap mobile +13126266799,,95763450206#,,,,*156655# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,95763450206#,,,,*156655# US (New York) Dial by your location         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)         +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)         +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)         +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)         +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)         +1 253 215 8782 [...]

By |2021-03-20T18:58:32+00:00March 23, 2021|, , , |Comments Off on LivableStreets Alliance is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Regional Transit Plan/CSA

The 2020 Comprehensive Regional Transit Plan (CRTP) update process for WRTA builds on the work of the 2015 Regional Transit Plan/CSA Final Report. The 2020 update, funded by MassDOT and conducted by AECOM, was recommended by the Task Force on Regional Transit Authority Performance and Funding. Released in March 2021, the goals of the CRTP update are to: Provide WRTA overview Identify essential markets, gaps in service, and ridership growth opportunities amidst COVID-19 impacts Evaluate performance indicators and assess performance management Provide recommendations for a strategic 5-year vision WRTA Comprehensive Regional Transit Plan Update 2020 WRTA_CRTPU_MASTER_02232021_508

By |2021-03-20T21:19:46+00:00March 20, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Regional Transit Plan/CSA

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 [...]

By |2021-03-13T22:55:01+00:00March 18, 2021|, , |Comments Off on March 18, 2021 WRTA Advisory Board Meeting Notice

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
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