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									                                                Agenda Item 3

           Elderly and Disabled Advisory Committee
                       Meeting Minutes
                       December 7, 2006
Chair Paul Branson called the meeting to order at 10:35 a.m.
Attending: Janet Abelson, George Blackstock, Eleanor Bloch,
Myrtle Braxton, Richard Burnett, Herbert Crowle, Richard Hedges,
Mary Lawrence, Marshall Loring, Bruce Oka, Barbara Rhodes, Dennis
Trenten, Doug Weir and Craig Yates. Also attending: Commissioner
Giacopini. Excused: Rabon Saip, Shirlee Zane, Rabon Saip.

Public Comment
Members of the audience introduced themselves:
  Bob Planthold, MTC Advisory Council member
  Tom Spiekerman, MTC staff
  Giedrius Praspaliauskas, MTC consultant, bd Systems

Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the Nov. 2 meeting were approved. Mr. Trenten abstained.

Chair’s Report
Chair Branson reported that EDAC at-large member Joanne Johnston
resigned from the committee.

EDAC Subcommittee Reports
   Transportation/Land Use Subcommittee Chair Hedges reported
on a field trip to look at access availability.
   Technology and Operations Subcommittee Chair Abelson        Formatted

reported that the subcommittee did not meet in November. She said
the next meeting would not be scheduled until February.
   Access/Service Issues Subcommittee Chair Oka reported on
discussion of San Francisco’s dynamic, expansive accessible taxi
EDAC Minutes of 12/7/06 – Page 2

program (75 taxis), and that the committee would research how many
accessible taxis exist in each county. Chair Oka also reported that the
subcommittee discussed the older driver video and distribution
channels for it. Ms. Rhodes encouraged audio descriptions for the
video. Ms. Bloch noted the audible messages for the visually impaired
that are in use elsewhere such as in Palm Springs, and that Marin
County has a pilot plan in the works regarding enhanced taxi service.

Nomination of Officers
Ms. Vogler invited nominations for EDAC leadership. For chair,
Ms. Rhodes nominated Mr. Branson, seconded by Mr. Hedges.
For vice chair, Mr. Oka nominated Ms. Rhodes, seconded by
Mr. Loring, and Mr. Branson nominated Mr. Yates, also seconded by
Mr. Loring. Ms. Vogler said additional nominations would be
accepted at the next meeting.

2007 Legislative Program
  Ellen Griffin presented details of the draft program that included      Formatted: Bullets and Numbering

revenue-generating measures and the need for follow-up legislation
to the infrastructure bonds approved by voters in November.

Members commented on the topics of a regional vehicle license fee,
non-pavement needs (accessible sidewalks), how to encourage local
jurisdictions to maintain roads via maintenance-of-effort funds, and
transit security. Mr. Yates asked about ground-floor access to
restrooms in BART stations.

Replacement Trip Planner Evaluation for the 511 Transit Web Site
Mr. Spiekerman introduced consultant Mr. Praspaliauskas, explained
the approach to replacing the trip planner, and sought comment:

Member suggestions for a new trip planner
  Compare features of other systems already on the market in
   other areas
  Include local shuttles
  Improve communications about special event bus service and
   shuttles (a special bus served a recent game at Candlestick
   Park but Muni didn’t tell 511 about it)
EDAC Minutes of 12/7/06 – Page 3

    Be able to direct users to a restaurant even when the user
     doesn’t know the restaurant’s exact address
    Consider using some of the good features of Yahoo and
     Mapquest [Mr. Spiekerman said transit with transfers is more
     complicated than are directions for driving somewhere]
    Google’s system is something to aspire to visually
    Don’t leave people in fields and weed patches – walking
     segments need inclusion
    Provide a screen reader – the current system doesn’t have one,
     which makes it time consuming and not helpful to the visually
     impaired [Ms. Rhodes offered assistance with screen readers]

Conclusion: Continue the discussion with EDAC’s new Technology
and Operations Subcommittee chaired by Ms. Abelson, and in one-       Formatted

on-one sessions with staff and EDAC members.

Staff Liaison Report
Ms. Vogler said that a staff position for a senior and disabled
transportation planner to replace Connie Soper is contingent on
results of the Coordinated Plan, which is in progress, and that
Chair Branson’s letter on the matter moved discussion of the staff
position further along. Topics in the report also included
TransLink®, the older driver video and ethics training.

Coordinated Plan Feedback on Transportation Gaps
Nelson\Nygaard’s Robert Washington and Richard Weiner sought
comment on transportation gaps faced by the elderly and disabled.

Comments about transportation gaps:
  Shuttles sometimes elude even those actually looking for them
  Taxi accessibility needs broadening, try “gypsy cabs”
  Riders need incentive to leave their cars – crowded, late Muni
   buses are disincentives (and Muni is among the best systems
   of all), riders seem to be treated as a captive population
  Hospitals sometimes discharge patients at night, making
   evening transit all-important, especially for powered
   wheelchair users
EDAC Minutes of 12/7/06 – Page 4

    All bus stops are needed – don’t overlook stops in low income
    Transit decision makers seem not to take transit, and decisions
     about paratransit are not made by users of paratransit
    Have multiple paratransit advisory groups, have regularly
     scheduled meetings
    Improve transit timeliness, buses are 15-20 minutes late, and
     have drivers who are ADA-certified
    There are so many fixed-transit systems, some routes could be
     removed during the day
    Provide more bus-only lanes
    Riders ought to be able to access major retail stores, and have
     transport back home again – don’t leave seniors dependent
    Transit and paratransit use requires endurance – for example, a
     1-hour scheduled appointment takes much longer when travel
     time is factored in.
    Focus on keeping transit on-time: “we can’t serve on juries if
     we can’t arrive on time”
    Seniors may have to sell their homes for housing near transit
    There’s a disconnect in successfully moving large volumes of
     foreign freight through the Port of Oakland while Alameda
     County’s disabled and elderly lack transport for basic needs,
     such as getting to medical appointments
    Medi-Cal should provide transit awareness and assistance in
     getting to and from medical appointments
    Paratransit providers should contribute to the transit network
     with outreach to riders and responding to rider complaints, as
     MV Transportation is doing now
    In San Mateo County, provide better east-west service for the
     senior and disabled community to interface with transit
    Uncovered bus stops are subject to heavy winds and rain that
     make riding transit uncomfortable and unpleasant
    Safety is a consideration for more vulnerable transit riders,
     such as those using canes, wheelchairs, etc.

Mr. Weiner was thankful for all of the comments.
EDAC Minutes of 12/7/06 – Page 5

Written comment separately submitted for Sonoma by Ms. Zane
and Mr. Saip who requested their inclusion in the minutes:
  Routes are limited and not reliable
  Paperwork is difficult for paratransit permits
  Paratransit use is often difficult to schedule
  Most needed transportation is for healthcare appointments
     (Kaiser would be wise to fund a passenger bus for a low fee;
     many seniors miss their doctor's appointments because they
     can’t find transportation)
  Bus drivers for both regular and paratransit services are often
     insensitive to the disabled and seniors; drivers need more
  Complaints are difficult to issue when the paratransit service
     fails in some way
  Many seniors do not feel comfortable navigating the public
     transit system and need to be educated in order to get familiar
     with it
  Limited evening bus service in Sonoma County (service
     ceases at 8 p.m.) makes it impossible for seniors and disabled
     to get to public meetings (city council) and evening courses
  Printed schedules are difficult to decipher (particularly for
     linking different services)

Other Business/Next Meeting/Adjournment
There was no other business. The next meeting was scheduled
for Jan. 11, 2007. The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
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