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Meeting Date: 09/17/2019  
Contact: Donielle Suber, Assistant to the City Manager

Motion by Councilmember Quarles with a second by Councilmember Marks to approve as presented. Motion passes 6-0.
Consider the First Amendment to the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement with STAR Transit for Public Transportation Services in DeSoto, for a total amount of $139,860.
In March 2018, Council approved the initial Interlocal Cooperative Agreement with STAR Transit for public transportation services in DeSoto. Currently, STAR Transit operates two buses through this service.  One bus services a fixed route and another bus operates on a call-to-service basis (demand response).  Due to the popularity of the demand response service, demand for city-wide transportation services has steadily increased.  At the FY 19 Winter Retreat, Council asked staff to explore the possibility of expanding services with STAR Transit in FY 2019-2020.
The DeSoto Transportation Program is composed of three components, which are funded through three different sources.  The first component which is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, provides taxi services for approximately 55 low to moderate-income persons.  Since the need for transportation exceeds the allotted grant funds, there is a waiting list.

The city-wide transportation services provided through STAR Transit are included in the second component. In an effort to keep up with the demand for transit services in FY 2019-2020, the total number of in-service hours will increase from 20 hours to 28 hours through the addition of a second bus for demand response customers. This will bring the total number of buses operating in DeSoto to three. This First Amendment will cover a term of one year spanning from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, at a total cost is $139,860 for FY 2019-2020.

The final component will be funded through a North Central Texas Council of Government (NCTCOG) grant. Currently, this grant is still under review with both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and NCTCOG.  When this grant is finalized, it will provide funding for demand response services to an estimated 125 elderly and disabled persons in DeSoto, and these services will also be offered through STAR Transit.  Implementation of the third component is anticipated for winter FY 2019-2020.
The total financial impact to the City of DeSoto is $139,860, which will be paid from the General Fund 101.
Staff recommends that City Council approve the First Amendment to the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement with STAR Transit for transportation services in DeSoto, for a total amount of $139,860.
First Amendment -STAR Transit 2019-2020
STAR Transit Fee Sheet FY 2019-2020


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