Passenger Transport January 2019 Vol 77 No 2 - 1

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MONDAY, JANUARY 2 8, 2019 | VOLUME 77, NO. 2

Continuing Federal Shutdown
Strains Transit Agencies

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A Go Glades vehicle makes a stop at the Winn Dixie grocery store in Belle
Glade, FL, the only major grocery store for the economically underprivileged
region.

ublic transit agencies across the country
continue to be significantly impacted as
the partial government showdown enters
its second month and are expressing grave concerns should the shutdown continue.
Among those affected are Monterey-Salinas
Transit (MST) and the Transportation Agency for
Monterey County (TAMC), in Salinas, CA, who
issued a joint statement announcing the adverse
effects of the shutdown. MST General Manager
and Chief Executive Officer Carl Sedoryk said
in the statement, "The shutdown has placed our

existing grant and low-interest loan applications
with FTA in limbo." He explained that the shutdown affects MST's ability to pay for new buses
and to go out to bid for a new garage facility. "If
the shutdown continues," he continued, "we are
going have a serious cashflow problem, which
will affect our ability to pay employees and buy
diesel fuel this spring."
TAMC Executive Director Debbie Hale stated,
"In addition to the impact that this shutdown is

'Go Glades' Extends
Rural Service,
Boosts Economy
San Francisco-Richmond Ferry
Service Begins Operation
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alm Tran, West Palm
Beach, FL, recently
introduced "Go Glades,"
a pilot transportation service
in the rural Glades region of
Florida that not only improves
travel mobility, it also adds
jobs to the economy.
MV Transportation operates the service for Palm Tran
and Florida DOT is a funding
partner.
The service provides flexible, convenient service for
residents of Belle Glade, South
Bay and Pahokee, agricultural communities near Lake
Okeechobee, and Palm Tran
has hired more than 20 drivers, all from the Glades region.
"The most exciting part
about Go Glades is that the
service is adding jobs in the
Glades community in addition
to making public transportation more accessible," said
Palm Tran Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes. "I am
thrilled we were able to hire

locally. That exemplifies part
of Palm Tran's mission to provide access to opportunity for
everyone."
The new service allows residents of the Glades area to call
for a ride on a small vehicle, or
to request a circulator vehicle
make a slight detour from its
regular route to pick them up.
South Bay resident Samanthia Smith, one of the trainees hired for the Go Glades
program, eagerly applied as a
driver.
"[With] transportation, you
have to have a desire, you have
to do it from the heart-my
heart is here," she said. "I want
to advance. I want to get to
know all I can to become a
better person...that go-to person in the community."
MV Transportation HR
Manager Tara Jones stressed
the importance of hiring local

PALM TRAN'S 'GO GLADES'

THE SAN FRANCISCO

Bay Area Water Emergency
Transportation Authority
(WETA) and its partners including the city of Richmond, CA,
celebrated the recent launch
of Richmond ferry service and
the opening of the Richmond
Ferry Terminal.
"We are thrilled to launch
new ferry service between
Richmond and San Francisco,"
said Nina Rannells, WETA's
executive director. "This new
weekday commute service will
improve the lives of East Bay
residents by getting them off
congested freeways and onto
the bay with a safe, reliable
and enjoyable alternative."
The new ferry service offers
four peak direction and two
reverse-commute trips between
Ford Point in Richmond and
the San Francisco Ferry Build-

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

ing during weekday morning
and evening commutes. The
Richmond Ferry Terminal project included the construction
of an accessible gangway with
a new ramping system, float
and piles, a passenger shelter
and the development and
reconfiguration of a 362-space
paved parking lot. WETA also
installed a new ADA-compliant kayak launch ramp and
improved shoreline access at
Ford Point.
Both the San Francisco
Municipal Railway and the
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid
Transit District have convenient connections to the San
Francisco Ferry Terminal. AC
Transit serves the Richmond
Ferry Terminal.
WETA has invested $465
million in recent years in ferry
assets including new terminals,

CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

MV Cetus on the first day of San Francisco Bay Ferry service to Richmond.

maintenance facilities and vessels. Over the last two years,
the agency has added three
new vessels to its fleet, opened
an operations and maintenance facility in Alameda and
experienced unprecedented
demand for ferry service, now
carrying nearly 3 million passengers annually. Two new
vessels are on track to join the
San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet
in the first quarter of 2019 and
three more are currently under
construction.
Funding for the Richmond
ferry will be covered for at
least 10 years by Contra Costa
County's Measure J transportation sales tax.
The $20 million Richmond
Ferry Terminal project received
regional, State Proposition 1B
and federal funding.



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