Thursday, November 19, 2009

TRAC November 18, 2009

The Transit Riders Advisory Committee (TRAC) of Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) met Wednesday evening at HRT Headquarters in Hampton.

At their previous meeting, TRAC had approved their new committee guidelines, which include holding TRAC members to HRT's Sexual Harassment Policy. Copies of the policy were distributed to TRAC members. Offense Number One are "Unwelcome sexual advances". That led TRAC Chairman Henry Ryto to turn to Staff Liaison Tamara Poulson and ask, "How do you know it's an unwelcome sexual advance until she says 'No?"

Carlos Gonzalez of the TPO came to speak to TRAC. Gonzalez is handling community input for the TPO, and addressed members on what the TPO does. There was some support for TRAC trying to acquire a seat on the TPO's coming citizen advisory committee, but that wouldn't be until at least 2011 at this point.

Procedural changes were discussed with members. TRAC review will now be included in map, schedule, and board changes. In addition, incident reports will be differently coded. Finally, the reports members file prior to meetings were renamed.

TRAC hammered out the verbiage for insider cards to go on HRT buses. The insider cards will advertise TRAC, seeking to recruit more members.

Finally, HRT's response to the weather caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida was discussed. HRT had already launched a procedural review in the wake of the storm, with TRAC members having some ideas.

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