Hello TABI and other interested parties, Yesterday, TCB was pleased to have Ivan Maldonado , Quintus Douglas, and Andrea Rosser from Dial-A-Ride at our meeting. For those interested but unable to attend, the below is a summary of information provided and questions and answers covered during our discussion. Thank you, Andrea, Quintus and Ivan for sharing information with us and for working as partners to make our system better. · Ivan Maldonado is the Director of StarMetro and may be contacted or copied with problems, concerns, and compliments at Ivan.maldonado@xxxxxxxxxx · Quintus Douglas supervises Dial-A-Ride (DAR) and may be contacted at Quintus.douglas@xxxxxxxxxx · Andrea Rosser is the Mobility Coordinator and mainly works with community coordinated transportation (Cecily Rose and Big Bend) related issues and concerns. She and her assistants will personally assist patrons to learn how to ride the fixed route system, make transfers and plan trips. She may be reached at Andrea.rosser@xxxxxxxxxx 1. Q. How can TCB partner with DAR to request additional funding to hire more drivers and/or purchase additional vans? A. Apply for a Federal Transit Administration Grant. Communicate with City Commissioners during budget planning sessions. There are plans for purchase of three natural gas vehicles to add to the DAR fleet. Should be on the road by April, 2014. 2. Q. What other cities are using the new Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) system? How long did it take them to get the system running smoothly? A. 12 other cities. Takes approximately 6 - 9 months to iron out kinks. Talley's system has been in place for approximately four months. It is expected to vastly improve by February 2014. PassWeb equals screen reader compatibility. In future, patrons will be able to schedule and cancel trips and check on existing trips electronically. The current situation with DAR is putting undue stress on drivers, not only being overbooked, but causing them to back-track. Drivers are encouraged not to "disobey" the MDT so that problems can be identified. Quintus is working closely with this system and drivers. 3. Q. Why are patrons still being told they can't check on a ride until after 30 minutes? A. Unsure. Telephone recording software should put a stop to this. MDT software allows dispatchers to know, within a few minutes of when the driver should arrive. Possible future plans for an IVR auto call system to advise patrons of what time to be ready. 4. Q. When will the telephone recording software be installed? A. By the end of 2013. Unsure how or who will monitor employees. 5. Q. Until then, is there any kind of accountability for those working in the call center and dispatch who are repeatedly dishonest, rude, and careless? A. Quintus works with them. In some situations, patrons have and can be sent tokens as a type of compensation. 6. Why wasn't there more pre-planning for the increased DAR ridership StarMetro personnel knew decentralization (NOVA 2010) would cause? A. Quintus asked for 15% increase for Dial-A-Ride. Was only allowed 10%. 7. Q. What are the penalties for having customers on the bus over the allowed time (one hour)? A. Nothing in place at this time. MDT allows Quintus to monitor drivers in real time, offer additional training, and if driver is running late, move patrons to different manifests. 8. Q. Why do other city's Para transits have a 30 minute window, yet Tallahassee's is longer? A. Other cities don't deal with money/patrons pre-pay. Some other cities use smaller vehicles to serve furthest areas. Tallahassee unique. (trees) 9. Q. Are there fines or any kind of action being taken because of the abnormalities occurring? A. In certain situations, patrons have and can be sent tokens as a type of compensation. 10. Q. If patrons need to change their trips home due to work demands, will DAR be able to accommodate them as we were previously told? A. Commuter services of North Florida will issue an emergency voucher for participants. To qualify for this service, folks must use StarMetro transportation (includes fixed route and DAR) at least three days per week). Andrea will send a link. Tidbits · Four years ago, DAR provided 54,000 trips annually. They now provide 90,000. · Future plans to tighten up qualification process. However. DAR assures that patrons who use fixed route system, when they can will not automatically be disqualified. · DAR recently changed their phone tree because folks were having trouble getting through. · The electric buses are being used on the Canopy route and have resulted in saving approximately 3,000 gallons of fuel. · Changes are in store for the Red Hills and Tall Timbers routes for folks traveling to Southwood. Shuttles are planned to augment the approximately 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. regular runs. · There will be a resulting change to Ride Guides. They are downloadable. · Plan to have at least 50% of bus stops equipped with either seats or shelters.