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BFT Board of Directors Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Ginger Wireman
47:13
please enlarge the view on the screen
Ginger Wireman
47:41
thanks!
Esteban
50:06
mumbling
Kirk Williamson
50:34
Please move your cellphone away from the computer
Austin DePaolo IBT 839
50:40
Jeff’s mic has issues
Brandy Arojo
50:41
The audio is mumbled
Bob Pishue
50:42
Getting feedback..
Bob Pishue
01:08:50
Authorized is different than collections though. Pierce Transit is AUTHORIZED for 0.9%, but they only impose a 0.6%
Russell Shjerven
01:11:59
Where is Mr. Didier's expert? Why didn't s/he show up to make comment? The "I know someone wjo knows something" is getting old!
Mariya Frost - WPC
01:13:06
BFT Board's choice to reduce the sales tax rate temporarily does not reduce BFT's sales tax authority.
Mariya Frost - WPC
01:13:10
https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/detail/ben-franklin-transit-can-reduce-sales-tax-and-not-lose-state-funds
Solomon Torelli
01:13:34
doubtful and biased
Russell Shjerven
01:13:49
Exactly!
Cigdem Capan
01:14:13
Mariya Frost, are you a lawyer?
Solomon Torelli
01:14:41
her article says she is not a lawyer
Andy Wellington
01:14:52
This authority/rate side discussion is almost besides the point! Focus on the bigger picture!
Russell Shjerven
01:14:55
political hack!
Cigdem Capan
01:15:20
so let's just ignore her she has no idea what she is talking about
Russell Shjerven
01:15:34
Yep!
Francesca Maier (she/her)
01:15:52
I was told that public comment would be taken after the staff presentation. Why are you having board discussion before public comment?
Travis' iPhone
01:16:14
Nice job Caleb! Many lives’ impacted. Employees and community
Andy Wellington
01:16:37
Let us get on to our public comments
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
01:17:08
Sounds like it's at least a $12M/year bet that the definition of authority is not inferring the amount of tax collected. Caution should be warranted so that money for the Tri-cities doesn't end up getting sent elsewhere. Caleb nailed it on the head.
Solomon Torelli
01:17:28
good job Caleb; make sure everyone understands the actual words
Lyle segal
01:17:51
good job Caleb
Lyle segal
01:18:00
well all thank you
Bob Pishue
01:18:30
Wow, you people are super rude. Everyone is allowed a voice.
Russell Shjerven
01:18:47
Correct--everyone!
Andy Wellington
01:19:16
you people? Who are you referring to?
Solomon Torelli
01:19:58
Mariya did say it, but she’s probably not correct, since she’s not a lawyer
Andy Wellington
01:22:12
Many many reasons for kids to ride beside school
Caleb Thomas
01:22:18
Well I can't ride to work on the school bus
Dale Engles
01:22:31
not everyone is eligible for school busses.
Colin Berry
01:22:59
I thought general board discussion was supposed to come after public comment
Francesca Maier (she/her)
01:23:12
Thank you for your request to speak during the Public Comments section of the April 14 Ben Franklin Transit Board of Directors meeting. The Board chair will call on you in the order in which the requests were received. Please note that Public Comments on the sales tax reduction resolutions will be taken after the staff presentation on this agenda item (9A) and before the resolutions are presented for Board approval.
Devin
01:23:29
parents sign kids up to ride school buses based on their school zone. my kids live outside the school zone they attend. they could use the transit buses to get to school. that's not double taxation
Guest 1
01:23:42
Cable Suttle isn't part of general public. He is a non-voting board member. Jeremy bishop is the BFT attorney.
Russell Shjerven
01:23:51
How long has Mr. Didier been on the Transit Board of Directors!
Chuck Wilder
01:24:12
Didier can go
Andy Wellington
01:25:48
Chelsie - exactly right. Make your comments to everyone 👍
Chelsie
01:27:02
There are plenty of kids where the public bussing is easier to access or makes better sense for schedule than the school routes.
Solomon Torelli
01:27:12
yes
ch2
01:27:25
They don't ride the bus
Britt
01:27:46
my children's school is a walk only school
Russell Shjerven
01:28:21
The public transit is beneath their entitled, privileged selves!
Ginger Wireman
01:31:26
Mobility is a human right.
Solomon Torelli
01:31:33
yes
Bob Pishue
01:31:57
Sales tax (which is based on the price of goods) during inflation (higher prices) is a double-whammy for working families across the state. During this inflation crisis we need to keep families able to afford goods & services, not being taxed out of them.
Russell Shjerven
01:32:33
Nice try! A world-renowned economist!
Bob Pishue
01:33:36
well - youre a fellow wildcat - so hello :)
Ginger Wireman
01:34:16
YaY Caleb!!
Solomon Torelli
01:35:22
there you go Bob Pishue, Transit helps Caleb fight inflation
Brandy Arojo
01:35:34
Go Caleb!
Lyle segal
01:35:37
get point
Andy Wellington
01:35:38
Bob Pishue I’m sorry that under $20 a year is a huge tax burden on you
Britt
01:36:05
amazing job Caleb
Chelsie
01:36:25
Awesome job Caleb
Esteban
01:36:26
I see WSU TRI CITIES student take the bus out here where I live.
Esteban
01:36:47
students
Bob Pishue
01:38:51
Its a lot to a lot of people. Especially the 0.6% of people that take transit (per US Census Bureau) - especially when you are charging the 99.4% of people who dont when they can't afford the necessities of life
Richard Reuther
01:39:09
Recall, please, that Seattle voters rejected the 90% federally paid money for a light rail system in the late '60s. If the commissioners' action create the loss of $$$M's for Ben Franklin, we can expect that restoration of the service will cost MORE in the future. It's not even "penny wise, pound foolish."
Lyle segal
01:39:11
well said Salomon
anon
01:39:43
👏🏼
Russell Shjerven
01:40:04
Taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society. Maybe we should only have volunteer fire and police departments. That would save the taxpayers millions of dollars!
Zita
01:40:22
👏 Way to go Solomon!
Britt
01:40:43
beautifully said
Russell Shjerven
01:40:49
Nice job--Solomon!
Bob Pishue
01:40:57
ntd.data.gov for the data
Anna Zivarts
01:41:30
Almost a quarter of the residents in Washington State don't have driver licenses, and there are many other folks who can't afford to drive or who have aged out of driving safely. We all need to be able to get around our communities safely.
Lyle segal
01:41:41
we should be moving forward not back
Solomon Torelli
01:41:56
transit prepares us for population growth
Bob Pishue
01:42:45
"the tax is so little its a crisis if we lose it" is irrational. its either too little or too large
Bob Pishue
01:42:58
or not important or too important
Ginger Wireman
01:43:17
You got it!
anon
01:43:25
Thanks Dale!
Andy Wellington
01:43:27
75 million dollars Bob
Dale Engles
01:43:33
went off on a tangent, but I got my point across
Ginger Wireman
01:44:32
And Frank runs the sound board at a state for Tumbleweed Music Festival
Chelsie
01:47:52
Not only does it help people get from place to place but it helps them do it safely. There are so many people that could not safely get to their destinations whether it’s because of age, disability, or other reason. Not only does it put them at ease but also puts their families at ease knowing their loved ones are safe and can get where they need to go.
Ginger Wireman
01:49:06
Good point E
Bob Pishue
01:50:11
More than 128164 people commute to work in the TriCities, just 814 of those commute via transit. It's important, but just 0.6% of people commute via transit. Do we KNOW where these future cuts would happen? Does it affect 1 person or 15? What routes would be cut?
Solomon Torelli
01:51:43
Bob why not improve the services so that more people can and will use it...?
Bob Pishue
01:51:54
Is it mutually exclusive?
Bob Pishue
01:52:26
They have lost ridership since 2008, 14 YEARS of losing people, while the region has grown by leaps and bounds
Solomon Torelli
01:52:27
how can it improve with less resources?
Bob Pishue
01:52:43
BFT's vanpool programs is one of the best IN THE NATION
Bob Pishue
01:52:55
expand that, focus on routes that are productive and move people
Bob Pishue
01:53:09
dont charge people extra sales tax on inflated prices when they cant even afford to put food on the table
Bob Pishue
01:53:28
if prices go up 20%, people are paying 20% MORE just with keeping rates the same
Bob Pishue
01:53:37
to BFT
Russell Shjerven
01:53:52
An economist and a transportation expert! I've never called 911--why should I pay those taxes?
Devin
01:54:37
we are not charging more, its a percentage of the rate, when costs go down we will have less revenue. BFT is actively working on getting vanpool improved, making routes better, to do those it costs money. Cutting the rate will not allow us to make those improvements
Jaime Torres
01:54:48
Your savings of $1.66 will come with a heavier price tag if the board decides to vote yes.
Bob Pishue
01:55:10
Sales tax is a percentage of the sales price, if the sales price goes up (9% inflation anyone?) you are paying 9% more on that same tax rate
Bob Pishue
01:55:14
its not rocket science..
Randy Slovic
01:55:25
If our air pollution gets any worse, we will be forced to reduce the number of drivers, especially to PNNL and Hanford.
Bob Pishue
01:56:02
You can argue all you want, but there is no denying that sales taxes on top of inflation is a recipe for disaster for many working families across the state/country.
Russell Shjerven
01:56:13
Answer my question about police and fire--maybe we can move to "pay to play" style system. That would save my family way more $ than cutting Transit Funding!
anon
01:56:38
Thank you Emily!!!
Jenna
01:56:50
Great job Emily!!!
Solomon Torelli
01:56:59
good job Emily?
ch2
01:57:02
Bob, you do realize they aren't talking about RAISING taxes right?
Solomon Torelli
01:57:03
,!
Devin
01:57:11
so when inflation goes down, does it not mean payers will pay less? yes or no?
Lyle segal
01:57:28
👍 Emily
Bob Pishue
01:57:35
Devin - they are proposing a temporary decrease
Russell Shjerven
01:58:01
That's only one option on the table.
Bob Pishue
01:58:01
temporary - change it in a year, but right now people need relief from high prices and inefficient transit budgets
Devin
01:58:07
and a permanent decrease as well. maybe spend less time on rocket science and more on whats being proposed
Jaime Torres
01:58:24
Several members of this community rely heavily on the transportation services offered by Benton Franklin transit. People such as the homeless, business owners, employees, migrants, refugees and much much more. Feels like people with disabilities are always an afterthought.
Bob Pishue
01:58:25
Do it temporary, people need help to put food on the table
anon
01:58:28
change it temporarily to lose out on $75mil?
Zita
01:58:32
Thank you Emily for an amazing summary of the usefulness of our transit services! 👏
Solomon Torelli
01:58:35
the temporary decrease would have bigger implications than the less than $2 paid in taxes
Devin
01:58:39
a $1.66 is not relief tax payers will even notice for helping in costs
Bob Pishue
01:58:40
LOL its authority, not imposed taxes
Bob Pishue
01:58:41
read the bill
Russell Shjerven
01:58:44
Let's cut police and fire also
Bob Pishue
01:59:07
You can propose it Russell..go for it, but need for police and fire are UP, while transit has been bleeding customers for the last 14 years
Britt
01:59:11
$1.66 a month can't buy food it can't even buy you a gallon of milk
Solomon Torelli
01:59:23
Dave Simmons thank you!
Russell Shjerven
01:59:32
I thought Rocket Scientists understood irony!
Bob Pishue
01:59:38
Britt - you obviously haven't had $1 in your account or overdrafts like many people have. Must be nice
Bob Pishue
01:59:59
People are hurting out there.
anon
02:00:03
Why would you assume she hasn't?
Devin
02:00:09
from bft lawyer sounds like authority and imposed are the same. till the state AG otherwise there is no difference
Russell Shjerven
02:00:20
$1.66 per month is not going to help them.
Bob Pishue
02:00:28
I cant wait for the AG to chime in!
Devin
02:00:31
overdrafts is a bank issue not transit.
anon
02:00:44
Yes Devin!
Austin DePaolo IBT 839
02:00:45
Thank you Francesca, appreciate your expertise!
Chris’s iPhone
02:00:48
Roll the dice on the definition of authority without actually consulting those who know. So much smarts. But no loss for the assumers or those they care about.
Bob Pishue
02:00:50
Devin - youre losing dude. You are trying to argue that sales taxes aren't regressive and dont hurt people
Solomon Torelli
02:00:53
wow tell it Francesca
anon
02:01:17
Francesca, thank you!!!
Devin
02:01:19
why does it have to be transit that has to be cut? why not all other public services?
Bob Pishue
02:01:26
I agree - propose it.
Bob Pishue
02:01:35
Its just that transit has bled users for 14 years Devin
Bob Pishue
02:01:39
despite rapid population growth
Bob Pishue
02:01:57
people continue to pay high taxes for a service few use (0.6% per Census Bureau)
Chris’s iPhone
02:02:01
1/10 of 1 percent will be such a relief to me. I'll buy a pint of gas!
Chelsie
02:02:02
Way to say it Francesca
Solomon Torelli
02:02:08
so make transit more appealing
Bob Pishue
02:02:17
they should!
Bob Pishue
02:02:24
but why do they need top dollar to do it...
Solomon Torelli
02:02:47
we definitely don’t need money taken away
Bob Pishue
02:02:49
the are getting high taxes based on high ridership, but now they just have high taxes and low ridership
Bob Pishue
02:03:00
WA state is data driven
Devin
02:03:03
i keep seeing transit1 "bleeds" the tax payers but yet ive lived here since 2009 and have lived wit1h bare minimum wage with no effect.
Bob Pishue
02:03:05
if the data doesn't fit your story
Bob Pishue
02:03:17
the science
Guest 1
02:04:51
Lets cut the amount of money Franklin County can shell out to pay for claims of elected officials. That could fund things for a while.
anon
02:04:55
Britteni ❤️
Andy Wellington
02:05:04
Is Clint Didier even still here on Zoom, listening to his constituents?
Russell Shjerven
02:05:53
He also fights hard for big government farm subsidies which he doesn't oppose!
Chris
02:05:57
So if the board cuts the tax rate, that means the 300,000 residents of Benton and Franklin will get to keep $26.66 each/year, ($8 million/300,000), but now to figure out transportation for the vulnerable and transportation-deficient. That, to selfishly save $2.22 per month?
Denise
02:06:01
Great job Brit
Solomon Torelli
02:06:09
Bob you work for Washington Policy Center
Jenna
02:06:13
Very well put Britteni!
Bob Pishue
02:06:21
Solomon, update your google search bro
Bob Pishue
02:06:24
that was a long time ago
Austin DePaolo IBT 839
02:06:26
Excellent Britt, very heartfelt! Thank you!
Bob Pishue
02:06:28
or you could just ask me
Russell Shjerven
02:06:33
Yep--out of state billionaire funded!
Bob Pishue
02:06:58
instead of trying to be sneaky ;-)
Solomon Torelli
02:07:45
I have weak Google fu, no doubt, but still...
Bob Pishue
02:07:52
yea - I hear ya ;-)
Randy Slovic
02:08:16
It is crystal clear that the legislature did not want to provide funding for transit so agencies could reduce local funding. The one person per car commute to PNNL and Hanford is not sustainable. We will soon be forced to have bus lanes on 240 in order to reduce the number of cars and the resulting pollution.
Bob Pishue
02:08:22
im just bringing data tho, you are more than welcome to talk about it, discuss it etc. Im just talking about ridership statistics, money, census data, etc. Do with it what you will
Danny Schmidt
02:08:30
Mr. Pishue, please worry about problems in Kirkland. The Coles Center for Transportation at Washington Policy Center has been known as an anti-transit organization for as long as I can remember. Are you still the director?
Bob Pishue
02:08:37
no
Bob Pishue
02:08:51
Who are you danny?
Andy Wellington
02:08:55
Bob Pishue thank you for being a perfect example of how foolish your side of the issue is.
Britt
02:09:05
thank you all for letting me share.
Solomon Torelli
02:09:15
just imagine if BFT had a board that understood transit and wanted to improve it instead of padding their right-wing bona fides
Russell Shjerven
02:09:20
Lap dogs for the rich!
Shampaine Finney
02:09:37
How do you mute someone from this chat that you dont care to read messages from?
Bob Pishue
02:09:40
What routes would be cut again?
Bob Pishue
02:09:53
people are saying their routes would be cut. where is that published? i must have missed it
Devin
02:10:09
bob sounds like you dont live in this area so why does it matter to you?
Randy Slovic
02:10:15
Pishue is from the Washington Policy Center? Ha, ha, that explains a. lot.
Colin Berry
02:10:19
something would have to be cut
Bob Pishue
02:10:26
i have family that continues to live there, i support them
Colin Berry
02:10:26
we don't know which
anon
02:10:28
Yeah Bob, what gives?
Bob Pishue
02:10:57
are you saying you wouldn't advocate for your family?
Britt
02:11:09
they spoke at the beginning of the meeting about restructuring and reduction of service.
Jaime Torres
02:11:23
Bob ain't even from here
Bob Pishue
02:11:27
I fought for my nieces school even though i didn't live there
Devin
02:11:35
i am advocating for my family. They use the transit service especially my daughter for DAR
Bob Pishue
02:11:40
i would fight for any one of my family/friends - sorry you cant say the same
Randy Slovic
02:12:04
Go home Bob LOL
Bob Pishue
02:12:08
laff
Devin
02:12:08
crazy you assume so quickly. go touch some grass and take a deep breath
Bob Pishue
02:12:28
Randy you with a paper?
Britt
02:12:37
we are advocating for our family our community is our family our community is our family.
Bob Pishue
02:12:59
exactly. my family is my community. they are hard hit by these sales taxes while the cost of goods and services are up 10%
Bob Pishue
02:13:03
they cant afford it anymore
Bob Pishue
02:13:09
youre pushing people out
Randy Slovic
02:13:30
tricitiesobserver.com
Britt
02:13:30
so 1.66 a month will help your family ?
Bob Pishue
02:13:45
Britt - yes.
Bob Pishue
02:13:52
That helps a lot of families that just straddle the line
Eric Van Winkle
02:13:55
Bob, you should know that your annoying and embarrassing yourself.
Devin
02:14:04
will you be advocating for the other public services to take a tax cut, for your family to help costs? or is it easy to pick on transit?
Russell Shjerven
02:14:17
Give us a break Bob! Maybe they can get second and third jobs--pull themselves up by the boot straps. Isn't that what your side of the political spectrum tell poor black and brown people?
Bob Pishue
02:14:23
I just said, they have had ridership drop for 14 years
Billy
02:14:45
Go back to your cave, troll.
Bob Pishue
02:15:03
the data shows only 0.6% people take transit to work in the tricities per the Census Bureau, trips have fallen exponentially since 2008, 14 years ago
Bob Pishue
02:15:07
while revenues have increased
Bob Pishue
02:15:11
what more do you want?
Andy Wellington
02:15:15
I don’t see how the board, in good conscience and armed with any foresight and wisdom, can think that these two proposals are a good idea.
Ginger Wireman
02:15:45
Yes, bus rapid transit now, before things get horrible. THanks ulises
Britt
02:15:49
kidney center patients need our service but if a 1.66 would help those families then that is your right to fight for them but I am fighting for peoples way of life to get to life saving treatment. thanks for your comments.
Solomon Torelli
02:16:36
thank you ulises!
Esteban
02:16:51
Eso ULISES
Russell Shjerven
02:17:00
Orale
Solomon Torelli
02:17:18
good points from another actual rider!
anon
02:18:18
Thank you Cigdem!!!
Colin Berry
02:18:44
Thanks Professor
Devin
02:19:25
the biggest feedback BFT receives is to expand to reach specific areas around the tri cities. which is what BFT has continuously done especially in past couple years, we dont ask for bonds for capital projects. More services, better/updated routes, and exposure will help increase ridership. Amazon and Dairy Gold are coming with giant centers and BFT is already planning on getting routes to those places. cut the rate and those would possibly be lost
Solomon Torelli
02:20:13
tell it Kate
anon
02:20:39
YES KATE!
Britt
02:20:41
thank you Kate.
Devin
02:20:49
KATE!!!!
Jody
02:21:57
Thank you Kate.
anon
02:23:09
Thank you Odalys!!!
Solomon Torelli
02:23:32
right on!
anon
02:25:12
Thank you Austin
Britt
02:25:13
thank you Austin
Solomon Torelli
02:25:21
thank you Austin
Denise
02:25:24
Thanks Austin
Jody
02:27:47
Well said Caleb
Denise
02:28:07
You rock Caleb
Britt
02:28:07
thank you Caleb
Jenna
02:28:23
Thank you Caleb!
Devin
02:28:42
fantastic job caleb!
Solomon Torelli
02:31:22
I wonder what Didier does with “excess funds”
Solomon Torelli
02:33:41
sounds like Bloom is trying to... table this resolution?
Matthew Sutherland (He/Him) @ TCC
02:33:47
For the record: Board remembers received at LEAST 215 letters from community members in the PTBA and letters in support of transit from WSU Tri cities and Columbia Basin Community college. I would encourage staff to deliver a report on those and other letters sent to the BFT Board that would be Public Record but could inform the board on community stances here
Esteban
02:34:14
Navy Vet here too.
Randy Slovic
02:34:38
It's absolute that state funding will NOT be available if the agency cuts local funding.
anon
02:35:21
Exactly Randy
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
02:36:16
Franklin County also oddly has two commissioners on this board. I'm not sure why but would love to hear an explanation.
anon
02:36:34
Matthew...really? that's amazing
Lyle segal
02:37:14
run Saturday and Sunday just like the rest of the week
Randy Slovic
02:37:34
Except from old Bob, from the "evil" west side 😊and the Washington Policy Center, I don't see any cutters in this chat.
Lyle segal
02:37:58
people don't just have those days off or adjusted hours
Lyle segal
02:38:11
they need us
Britt
02:38:58
thank you Richard for actually riding with us.
Denise
02:39:24
LOL Randy.....poor Bob
Randy Slovic
02:39:24
We don't need to be a transit system like Seattle? What does that mean?
anon
02:39:51
Thank you Mr Bloom
Solomon Torelli
02:40:35
thank you mr bloom
Lyle segal
02:41:10
Thank you Mr. Bloom
ULISES NAVARRO
02:42:07
thanks
anon
02:42:16
Thank you Mr Taylor
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
02:42:30
If we cut the taxes here, and the state decides that means they cannot send us our grant money, that would mean the west side gets our money. Anyone that doesn't live here that wants us to chance loosing our money likely will gain what we lost and is automatically suspect in my eyes.
anon
02:43:09
Then hold BFT accountable for that!
anon
02:43:17
Don't take it out on the public
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
02:44:16
Since I've been on roads in Franklin County that haven't had any cars on it, perhaps by their logic people in Franklin County should pay less for roads and less roads should be built out there.
Denise
02:44:53
Do you think he has his gavel in his hand?
Solomon Torelli
02:45:05
so work to expand BFT service to rural Franklin County...?
Denise
02:45:47
Exactly Solomon
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
02:45:48
And Prosser. And all over our region. We need money for that.
Chelsie
02:45:51
Why would we not work to expand the transit then? You want to help those people? let them have an option to save possibly hundreds in gas and car payments by taking the transit. Taking away funding and cutting service will do nothing but harm our community.
Billy
02:46:06
Who is they, that work out there in rural Franklin County?
Britt
02:46:19
Mr Didier let's make it better. I have a family of 5 and even if it was 1.66 each a month I'd happily give it up for my clients to get where they need to go. let's get buses out there let's fight for that all
ULISES NAVARRO
02:46:26
People choose
Jaime Torres
02:46:29
🙄
kailimckay
02:46:48
Good job Clint!
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
02:47:58
Sounds like Didier is a fan of direct democracy rather than a representative republic.
Esteban
02:48:48
Exactly
Solomon Torelli
02:49:18
who would oppose more fuel efficient vehicles? the state grant money could help electrify the fleet
timothydalton
02:49:31
let’s see both motion die for lack of a second
Lyle segal
02:49:56
👍Salomon
Randy Slovic
02:50:08
Good reasoning from Christensen.
Esteban
02:50:21
YES!
Solomon Torelli
02:50:37
yes!
Esteban
02:51:21
Expansion to Franklin county
Kirk Williamson
02:51:41
Didier's point about the folks working asparagus is well taken. What he misses is that a flexible, creative transit system could very well be able to meet the needs of some of those folks. Trade the 1.66 for a tankful of $4 gas? I think that's not a bad deal.
Britt
02:55:48
thank you Brad pressure makes a Dimond.
anon
02:55:48
I agree with holding BFT accountable Beauchamp
Billy
02:55:54
So take the money, and spend the next 15 years coming up with ideas to make the transit self sufficient
anon
02:57:27
Yes, think bigger picture!
Solomon Torelli
02:57:33
board membership is a lot of responsibility
Solomon Torelli
02:57:56
being a member of this community is a lot too
Denise
02:58:32
The Board is BFT's bosses. Your job is to help the Transit be more efficient.
Solomon Torelli
02:59:36
help us be as efficient as we can with what we have, don’t hamstring us
Randy Slovic
02:59:48
Cut the local funding and we will not get state funding,
Esteban
02:59:49
Thank you Kate
Solomon Torelli
03:00:44
don’t tighten the budget, expand to use all the budget
Randy Slovic
03:01:36
so true!
Randy Slovic
03:02:37
Oh, come on. The legislation is clear.
Randy Slovic
03:03:52
Thank you Ed!
timothydalton
03:03:54
good point Ed
Esteban
03:04:01
Thank you Ed
Britt
03:05:30
why would they give us money to improve with out the saying okay you can't take money away in hope that the state as a whole will cover the cost instead of the money being an extra to improve.
Denise
03:06:03
Thank you Ed!
Denise
03:06:45
Amen to in person
Francesca Maier (she/her)
03:07:01
Good luck recruiting a GM to an agency under attack by its board.
Britt
03:07:15
yes in person please. we wish Ed was our gm permanently
Denise
03:08:30
Good point Francesca
Guest 1
03:09:25
Public comment is closed Jerry
Britt
03:10:06
good point Jerry.
Esteban
03:10:08
Yeap
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
03:10:13
Thank you, Jerry.
Britt
03:10:18
by 2030
Solomon Torelli
03:10:54
⚡️⚡️⚡️
Austin DePaolo IBT 839
03:11:01
Yes, thank you Jerry! We need to look to the future!
Matthew Sutherland (He/Him) @ TCC
03:13:10
can staff clarify to when those resolutions are tabled to? To next months regularly scheduled board meeting?
Matthew Sutherland (He/Him) @ TCC
03:16:24
Will items 9a from the agenda be on the agenda for May?
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
03:17:26
There technically wasn't a motion that was seconded to table the resolutions, so perhaps that was a misspeak.
Matthew Sutherland (He/Him) @ TCC
03:18:30
^That's what I was wondering, I didn't hear a motion to table either
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
03:21:06
There was a motion, but there was never a call for a second or much of a chance for it to be seconded.
Kate Moran (she/her/ella)
03:22:22
There we go. 😊
anon
03:22:44
Wow, shocking.
Lyle segal
03:43:40
I know ridership is up
Lyle segal
03:44:09
I'm running with a almost full bus most of my shift
Solomon Torelli
03:49:04
my route tapers off... and there will be changes to routes that aren’t populated
Solomon Torelli
03:52:57
can agriculture businesses in rural Franklin county use Vanpool?
Colin Berry
03:56:32
I believe so
Colin Berry
03:57:07
as long as the trip starts within the transit benefit district
Cigdem Capan
03:58:13
now we are about to see if the Board is seriously worried about saving working families some $$$...
Lyle segal
03:58:15
have them get an ID like they have for seniors
Cbates
03:58:58
Agree lyle
Solomon Torelli
03:59:57
we could show people grace and compassion re letting “kids” ride free
Solomon Torelli
04:00:10
that’s one option
Solomon Torelli
04:00:51
but it needs to get figured out
Lyle segal
04:01:21
school students can show school ID
Lyle segal
04:01:32
just like cbc
Terry DeJuan
04:01:43
Yes, agriculture businesses are able to utilize Vanpool. We currently have a couple of vans running to the Horse Heaven Hills.
Solomon Torelli
04:01:59
but maybe we can agree to not let Fox News have any bearing on our decision making...?
Solomon Torelli
04:02:39
good to know, Terry!
Ashley Rolland
04:03:02
Schools already have many passes they give to students, both fixed route and DAR.
Ashley Rolland
04:03:53
Perhaps there can be an annual pass schools can give to students vs the month passes they already have. They can verify the ages and status.