Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thursday night’s public transit meeting. . . .



Instead of loafing around the house and watching the boob tube Thursday night, I went to a public transit meeting for the City of Maricopa. Although I live a ways outside the city limits, I was curious as to how the city was planning to spend potential federal grant money. As we know, grant money comes from tax dollars.

This meeting was designed to encourage feedback from potential transit users. A design and destinations study was part of the meeting. Attendees were permitted to mark points of origins and desired destinations on a projected route map. Everyone was encouraged to participate.

I didn’t count, but there appeared to be barely 20 people in attendance. As is often the case, a few will speak for the many. It’s most unfortunate that more people don’t get involved in the manner in which their tax dollars are spent. It’s easier to sit on the sidelines and complain. Maricopa has a population estimated to be over 30,000.

After additional studies and meetings with the city council and the public, an application for a grant will be made to the Arizona Department of transportation in April.

City of Maricopa: Development Services Department

On Thursday, January 7, 2010, the City of Maricopa Development Services Department will host a public meeting to gather information from potential transit riders, their travel behavior and obtain their input on transit issues. This is the first public meeting in a 5-month Transit Feasibility Study Update that will identify potential transit solutions for Maricopa residents. The meeting will be held at the First Baptist Church, 18705 N John Wayne Parkway, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
http://www.maricopa-az.gov/development_services/transit.php
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City hosting public meeting to gather input on public transportation

“We need all potential transit riders to participate in the transit study update,” said Director Brent Billingsley. “The information we gather will be incredibly valuable in addressing transit needs that will affect the entire community for a long time.”
http://maricopa360.com/?p=7632#more-7632
 
Transportation for Elderly Person and Persons with Disabilities (5310)

This program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides formula funding to States for the purpose of assisting private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. Funds are apportioned based on each State’s share of population for these groups of people.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3556.html

“Dawn” of Civ Tech Engineering, http://www.civtech.co.za/, made a presentation that proposed suggested bus routes. I had an opportunity to speak with her after the presentation. I told her that I am an “occasional traveler” and was looking for transportation options that would allow me to leave my personal vehicle at home. As it turns out, I can ride to Phoenix for only $2.00 one way. I would still have to make the nine mile drive to the park & ride lot to catch the bus.

Unlike some of the local water board meetings, this assembly was peaceful with no yelling or fighting. In fact, this is one of the only meetings I attended that didn’t have police officers present for crowd control. Small town meetings have been known to get a little rowdy.
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By shaping public opinion the media are able to play a decisive role in formulating public policy and in determining the makeup of the government. We didn't understand that -- or at least we didn't understand it fully -- until, during the course of this century, a small and alien minority had insinuated itself into a position of dominance over the media. That small and alien minority, of course, is the Jews. --Dr. william L. Pierce

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