[bscb-announce] FINAL NOTICE: Your Opportunity to Testify to state commission regarding transportation reform
rick.morin at comcast.net
Fri Nov 4 11:58:58 EDT 2011
The final Executive Order 530 Listening Session will be held Monday November
7 from 3 to 7 PM at the State Transportation Building in Boston. Below you
will find the detail about the meeting and what the Commission is seeking
public input about. The EO530 Commission has been established by Governor
Patrick to examine and offer suggestions to improve and reform community,
social service and paratransit transportation state-wide.
This month's (November 2011) Council Connection features an interview with
me, Rick Morin, where Marcia Dresser and I discuss the significance of EO530
and changes underway at The Ride. You are encouraged to listen to the
You are also encouraged to visit the Commission's website at
Note that the meeting has been extended until 7 PM to ensure all who wish to
speak will have the opportunity to do so. . Your testimony will be limited
to 3 minutes and the order in which you are called to speak will depend on
the order in which you signed in. Please be sure to sign in when you arrive.
I will testify early on behalf of Bay State Council of the Blind. Everyone
is encouraged to testify. Please think "outside of the box" and offer
innovative recommendations to how the state transportation services can be
revamped to operate more efficiently, with improved service levels and
reduced overall cost. The Commission is keenly aware of the issues -- they
are seeking solutions.
Information regarding the current cost burden on the state, and we as
taxpayers, for these services can be found on the EO530 website.
Following is the meeting information from the official meeting flyer.
Hope to see you there.
Transportation Access for All
Public Comment and Dialogue Sessions
Governor's Commission to Reform Community, Social Service, and Paratransit
The Commission has been formed to examine and offer suggestions to improve
and reform community, social service and paratransit transportation, and
will hold a series of six Public Comment and Dialogue sessions across the
The general public is encouraged to participate in any of these sessions to
offer recommendations on the following topics:
. Service improvements or modifications to maintain or enhance current
service levels and delivery method while achieving efficiencies and
. Reforms, initiatives or improvements to paratransit services that will
enhance the quality, customer-service or efficiency of these services;
. Potential modifications, if any, to existing eligibility processes
utilized by the RIDE, Regional Transit Authorities and human service
All meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities, and ASL,
CART and other assistive listening devices will be available at all
meetings. Language interpreter assistance is available with prior notice
before each hearing.
If you have any request or require other assistance, please submit your
request, one week in advance of the hearing by email to execorder at MBTA.com,
by phone to 617-222-6260, or by TTY to 617-222-5415.
If you cannot attend, you can also send comments by email, phone, or TTY, as
listed above. You can also mail comments to MBTA 45 High Street, 5th Floor
c/o E.O. 530, Boston, MA 02110.
Dates, Times and Locations for the Six Public Sessions
November 7 (3-7 PM) *New Extended Time*
State Transportation Building
Conference Rms. 1, 2, 3 (2nd Floor)
10 Park Plaza, Boston
For directions or other information, please visit the Commission's website
Bay State Council of the Blind
Chair, Transportation Committee
rick.morin at comcast.net
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