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Meeting Date: 12/10/2015  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon a Township Public Participation Plan for adopting a Fare Increase/Major Service Reduction Policy;
FISCAL IMPACT:
To be determined by Board of Director's action.
BACKGROUND:
Regulatory Information
 
According to Federal Transit Administration regulatory guidelines, before an increase in fares or a significant reduction in service may be implemented, the designated recipient (Township) must go through a public involvement process. Specifically:
 
“According to 49 U.S.C. 5307(c)(1)(I), the recipient (Township) must certify that it has a locally developed process to solicit and consider public comment before raising a fare or implementing a major reduction of public transportation service.
 
The recipient is expected to have a written policy that describes the public comment process on increases in the basic fare structure and on major service reductions. The recipient is responsible for defining a major service reduction. The policy should provide an opportunity for a public hearing or public meeting for any fare increase or major service reduction and should describe how the recipient will conduct such meetings and how the recipient will consider the results of such meetings in the process of changing fares and service. A public meeting is not mandatory; however, an opportunity for a public meeting in order to solicit comment must be provided. During a triennial review, the recipient should be able to provide evidence that public comments were considered.” (FTA Circular 9030.1E, Section VI,1,a,12 p.VI-7)

The proposed policy was developed by the the Township's legal counsel in accordance with the regulations and guidelines cited above and in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. The policy document is attached hereto as reference.
RECOMMENDATION:
Consider adoption of the Public Participation Plan for adopting a Fare Increase/Major Service Reduction Policy.
Attachments
Fare Increase Timeline
Fare Increase/Service Reduction Policy


    

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