Wednesday, March 26, 2008

UCAC March 26, 2008

The revised User Citizen Advisory Committee (UCAC) of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) gathered Wednesday evening in the Board Room of HRT's headquarters on Victoria Boulevard in Hampton. Attendance was great: not only all current UCAC members, but three people wishing to join.

The biggest story of the night was the outlandish behavior of UCAC Chairman Julian Scott. Scott was on a power trip, running roughshod over fellow UCAC members, Staff, and visitors. Michael Ragsdale reports at HR-Transit Ideas that he was frightened, unable to speak up. I could see Tamara Poulson (UCAC Staff person) was uncomfortable. I quietly chafed, knowing Julian's behavior is writing his own ticket off the UCAC.

The usual city reports were given, noting a number of problems in the system for Staff to investigate.

The proposed fare changes were discussed. The large sticking point was the slated elimination of the 10 Ride farecard. Neither was anyone entirely comfortable with it nor satisfied with Staff's explaination of accomodations for the semiregular rider.

It is hoped that the TDCHR (i.e. HRT's Board) can seat the three newcomers at tomorrow's meeting. There's one each from Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.

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