Hi Robert, I don't know if this helps understand things or not, but I've been told that Donna is retiring, and that's what brought this all on at once, because the city no longer wants the contract. That makes me think, as unbelievable as it sounds, that the city was losing money, but the arrangement was being continued for Donna's benefit. I hadn't heard this when I speculated on Nova 2010 being involved, and this sounds more likely. Somehow, the city's plans, according to rumor, are to give the CTC contract to BigBend for an emergency period of 6 months, and then they'll put it up for bid. It wasn't clear to me if Dial-a-ride service was being given to Big Bend also, but I didn't think so. Rumor says Sessily Rose, being a minority contractor, was going to protest this, and claim preferential status during the bid process. Hopefully Carl may know more about this. Chip -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Easy Talk Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 10:35 AM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: major change proposed for TDC coordinator Well, I wonder why this doesn't surprise me. Carl, first of all do you know if the city doesn't want to be the coordinator any more? What was donnas' reaction? Does this proposed change just affect the CTC or are they proposing that Big Bend also provide the Dial A ride service? If they are getting that kind of money, I can't imagine they would want to lose the contract. If you do the math, the city is taking about 21.5 percent of the total budget which I absolutely don't understand since they have 4 reservationist and are currently working with only three. These reservationist are already on the city payroll for Dial A ride so I can't see any justification for the ridiculous broker fee. Just goes to show where the city's hart is. Based on this information the city is charging about $7.75 for scheduling a round trip based on a round trip costing $36.00. It's no wonder we aren't able to have the level of service we have had in the past. I would almost bet most of the board members didn't know the amount the city was charging for coordination. I also don't understand why the city wouldn't want to continue being the CTC with budgets being what they are. With this said, I wonder if Chip might have hit the nail on the head regarding his remarks about the Nova 2010 plan and the extra burden it will place on Dial A ride. Politicians will say anything to make things happen the way they want. I don't believe for a minute Dial A ride will provide the level of service they have said they will with the new plan because Federal guide lines don't require them to and after the deal is done and the level of service follows federal guide lines which is 3/4 miles out side the main fixed route system, there is nothing we could do to change it which means there will be a grater demand of service placed on the non sponsored service. When this issue came up the last time, I was against it but now I have to say I think it might be the best way to go as long as it doesn't include providing Dial A ride service for the following reasons. Big Bend was the coordinator when the non sponsored program began and there was a time when there wasn't enough money in the past and Big bend did not deign any rides during that time. Under the current situation, Big Bend has stepped up to the plate in an effort to help us by providing the $5 per trips that a lot of us are using now. I have known Ted Watters for years and I truly believe his hart is in the right place. For the most part, I have found the service from Big Bend to be satisfactory and if they are the CTC and the main provider, surely they could do it much cheaper. I think we should be very skeptical until we know all the facts especially since they are trying to do it in a meeting not open to the public and so quickly. I would think under the Sunshine law they would be required to have public hearings. Robert ----- Original Message ----- From: carl mccoy <mailto:cmcoy09@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:44 AM Subject: [tabi] major change proposed for TDC coordinator At the meeting of the transportation disadvantaged coordinating board this afternoon Coleen Roland proposed we vote on canceling our contract with Star Metro as our administrative agency in January 201. The rational was that it would save money that could be used for rides. Currently the administrative cost with Star Metro is approximately 280 Thousand, out of a budget of 1.3 Million. She estimated by going to a private contractor we could save half of that. Anyway this was so unexpected and in fact it was not even on the agenda, a couple of us objected, and insisted that we have more time to study the issue, it was delayed until next Wednesday for a special meeting of the board at 4 o'clock. This may be a good plan particularly if it increases the rides available, but we need to think this through carefully. Next Wednesday will not be a public meeting, but in the mean time I welcome any ideas or input from all of you. Simply post it to TABI. I should add if the contract is terminated in January, they propose Big Bend as the coordinator or administrator until an RFP can be developed for bids from private providers, that would be implemented in July of 2010 I am sure is confusing to you as it is to me, but apparently it has already been discussed with city officials and Star Metro, and it is probably a done deal, since Star Metro is under no obligation to renew their contract. Now time for your input. Carl Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.