The User Citizen Advisory Committee (UCAC) of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) met on Wednesday evening at HRT's Hampton headquarters. The 85 minute session accomplished quite a bit.
The longest item on the Agenda was a markup of the UCAC's committee guidelines. Originally adopted in 2002, a number of amendments were proposed. Any changes will need the approval of both HRT management and the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR).
With the City Reports now submitted via e-mail in advance, Staff had the answers to most UCAC questions. Of particular note is movement on two concerns: HRT will try to get portajohns installed at Cedar Grove as soon as feasible, and Staff is compiling information to make a case for a 30 Day Senior & Disabled (ED) Pass for the MAX. In addition, newcomer Lauree Peoples' (appointment pending from Portsmouth) suggestion for improving the Portsmouth Loop timing has already been implemented.
UCAC Chairman Henry Ryto addressed the committee, outlining a twofold need for the UCAC moving forward. First, to help improve HRT's product, which would aid building public support for increased mass transit. Second, countering anti-transit propaganda.
The UCAC was informed of a few personnel shifts. Gloria Allen, who had been Southside Transportation Superintendent, is now Senior Dispatcher. Kristen McCaughey, who had been Northside Transportation Superintendent, takes Gloria's former position. Superintendent on the Peninsula is now Peter Katranides.
The UCAC will be moving it's meeting time from 6:30 P.M. to 6 P.M. The next two meetings are September 17 in Norfolk, then November 19 in Hampton.