Public Transit and Local Government – National Trends for February 2016
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The February Legislative Activity Report shows that 1,014 organizations held 407 new meetings for the month of February. Of these 407 meetings 431 agenda items had a public transit component. Several meetings specifically addressed public transit issues including improving public transportation, constructing sidewalks and paths, and making bus stops safer and more secure.
February 8, 2016
Ordinance No. 160-01-101
This was the second reading of Ordinance No. 160-01-101 of the City of Lauderhill, Florida. It was created to amend land development regulations that are associated with transit centers and bus stops in the area including addressing the need for pedestrian security and safety at these bus stops and transit centers.
There were three primary objectives for this proposal:
- Increase mass transit ridership
- Reduce emergency fatalities
- Increase residents’ perception of Lauderhill as an excellent place to live
Rancho Cucamonga, California
February 3, 2016
Resolution No. 16-006 and Resolution No. 16-007
Both of these resolutions were presented to Fire Protection District, Successor Agency, Public Financing Authority, and City Council. They were listed under Item Number M6. These resolutions were both related to the same project.
Resolution No. 16-006 requested consideration to accept sidewalk improvements for various bus stops in the area that occurred during the FY 2014/2015, Contract Number 15-106. The request was to accept them as complete release the Bonds, accept a Maintenance Bond, authorize the Interim Director of Engineering Services and City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion and approve the final contract.
Resolution Number 16-007 requested authorization of the Interim Director of Engineering Services and the City Engineer to file a claim for the reimbursement of approved SANBAG funding from the Transportation Development Act Article 3, 20% Transit Access Funds.
Final contract amount is $66,273.73.
February 1, 2016
Amendment of The Year 2000 Urban Renewal Plan
The City of Wilsonville Urban Renewal Agency met to discuss adding a “minor” amendment (the 10th amendment) to the plan. There was a motion to approve it and the Advisory Board recommended approval of the 10th amendment.
The Council approved amendment had a goal to “encourage and support the availability of a variety of transportation choices for moving people that balance vehicular use with other transportation modes, including walking, bicycling, and transit in order to avoid principal reliance upon any one mode of transportation,”
It placed great emphasis on safety and balance, to minimize cross jurisdictional commuting, provide bicycle and pedestrians connections between residential neighborhoods and major recreational activity centers as well as commercial and industrial resources. It proposed that sidewalks be provided on both sides of the street and any gaps in off street pathways and sidewalks would be filled so a system of continuous bicycle and pedestrian facilities could be created.
Additionally, all transportation facilities would be ADA compliant.
February 10, 2016
Recommendation relative to Change Order #1 Millville/Wasserman/Smalley Intersection Improvements
This Caucus Report was in regard to Contract #15-09 – Change Order #1. The contract was awarded to Barrett Paving Materials Inc. to construct the improvements as outlined. During the course of the company’s contracted work, other work in addition to what was outlined in the original contract was performed including on the roadway subbase, adjacent driveways, and alignment of underground utilities. The Public Works Department reviewed and approved all quantities and additions to the contract.
The original contract amount for the project was $521,527.14. The improvements listed under Change Order Number 1 were $7,481.51. The final amount of the contract was $529,308.65. It was noted that the increase in work would not have changed the order of the original low bidder and second bidder.
The City Manager, Joshua A. Smith recommended that the Council receive the report and concur in the recommendation.
The City of Hamilton Annual Action Plan Update for FY 2016-2017 was also presented. Improvements to accessible, affordable transportation and other public services for the elderly, youth, homeless, and other citizen in a structure that is safe and secure were included. There was also a recommendation that the City’s Public Service priorities include assisting agencies that increase transportation services for residents, continue to support transportation services for low and very low income residents of the city, and improve attractiveness and functionality of transportation facilities.
The priority need level for transportation services is considered to be significant with an estimated dollar amount required to address the issues for that FY to be $10,000,000.