[bscb-announce] Executive Order 530: provide suggestions to improve/reform Community, Social Service and Paratransit transportation
rick.morin at comcast.net
Sat Aug 27 09:46:44 EDT 2011
I attended the first meeting of the Commonwealth wide Commission established by Governor Patrick’s Executive Order 530 to examine and offer suggestions to improve/reform Community, Social Service and Paratransit transportation.
All materials used by this Commission are available at http://mbta.com/execorder530.
This matter is of great importance to everyone with disabilities, not only users of The Ride.
Below you will find the introductory information copied and pasted directly from this website.
Please review these materials and forward concerns and recommendations to any member of the Bay State Council of the Blind Board. The challenge of the commission is to address the fiscal aspects of providing equitable transportation to members of the community of people with disabilities.
Bay State Council of the Blind
The following is from the website: http://mbta.com/execorder530.
Executive Order 530
On April 6th of this year, Gov. Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 530. This is a Commonwealth wide effort to examine and offer suggestions to improve/reform Community, Social Service and Paratransit transportation. The Order established a Commission of 16 members. The Governor′s office, through their outreach to State agencies and their partners, along with consulting industry leaders in various transportation areas, suggested names of people across the Commonwealth who possess the expertise listed in the Order for the Governor′s review. The Commission is co-chaired by both Secretary Mullan of MassDOT and Secretary Bigby of EOHHS. Staffs from the MBTA, MassDOT, and EOHHS are providing all necessary support and assistance to the Commission.
As people′s transportation needs change, so do their expectations of their public transportation system. As a result, the demand for services keeps growing, costs continue to rise and resources remain limited. The goal of the Commission is to develop detailed recommendations for reform and maximize efficiencies in the provision of these critical services utilized by persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, persons with Limited English Proficiency, and seniors and visitors to the Commonwealth.
The 16 members are comprised of:
Jeffery Mullan - Secretary and CEO of Transportation
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby - Secretary of Health and Human Services
Coleman Nee - Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Ann Hartstein- Secretary of Elder Affairs
Jay Gonzalez - Secretary of Admin & Finance
Ron Marlow- Assistant Secretary of Admin & Finance for Access and Opportunity
Richard Davey- General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Francis Gay and Thomas Cahir- Two representatives for the Regional Transit Authorities
Francisca Fajana- One member with Civil Rights background
Judith O'Connor - One representative of a Council on Aging
Jini Fairley and Denise Karuth - Two members representing Paratransit users
Mohammed Khan and Will Rodman- Two members with expertise regarding Paratransit service delivery and operations
Linda Guiod - One member with extensive experience in human services
The first meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Thursday August 25th in the Gardner Auditorium of the State House 3:30-5:00pm.
Six listening session will also be held throughout the state to allow for the general public to speak to Commission members regarding their experiences regarding community, social service and paratransit transportation. Dates for these sessions will be posted on this site as soon as they are available.
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