Citizens Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation helps keep MTA on the right route

Citizens Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation helps keep MTA on the right route


(upbeat music) – My name is Nicole D. Fincham-Shehan and I am the Chair of the CACAT committee. This is my son, Christian,
who is 11 weeks old. I am visually impaired, or legally blind. I do have some useful vision. Sometimes more useful than it should be, or I try to make it to be. But I have to rely on
public transportation on a consistent basis, be it the fixed route system or mobility. And I just want it to be more accessible and, as far as mobility,
more effective and efficient. When we’re in the public,
at least me personally, when I’m in the public, I share some of the things
that I am doing personally with different agencies and with MTA. I express to them what the CACAT is, and that it’s an advisory committee for individuals who are
disabled to the MTA, and that we work with the CAC
which is an advisory committee but it’s made up of individuals
who use the system as well, but they’re not disabled. And many people don’t
know of the committees, and if they do, they know the
past tense of what CACAT was. The new CACAT is, we are listening, and we are trying to make change and have a good relationship
with the administrators as well as senior management
within MTA itself. I definitely would like to
see them continue funding or increase funding for mobility, to be able to provide more vehicles. The Taxi Access Program, which is a premium program under mobility, to see that program possibly increase. But I would definitely tell them that in my opinion, MTA is heading
in the right direction. – My name is Jonathan Moore,
I’m a member of CACAT. My goal as a member of CACAT, is to be the bridge between the citizens and the MTAAC over all. I feel like we’re
starting to make progress in incremental steps, but we’ll see how far
we’re making progress come legislative session. My interest is, I ride
the bus 70% of the time. And I feel like the bus transportation’s a barrier for employment, and I want to better understand
how do we make policy and legislation as well
as customer services, customer service easier for
individuals to take the bus and get to work, get to and from work and spend more time with the family. I feel like it’s very vitally important. You have a huge state
agency that’s actually listening to people, and they formed a committee around that. The reason why I want
to make a difference is the people. You know, not everyone has
an opportunity to have a car. People have to commute to and from work, spend time with loved ones, pick up food. And so how do you make that process easier and remove a lot of those
barriers that exist? So that’s why it’s important. – My name is Ella Scovens, member of the Citizens Advisory Committee. My reason for being a member was, started a long time ago
at my community meeting, and I was complaining. At that time, I was employed at Levindale, and I worked the day shift. So quite a bit on
Saturdays, buses were late. So when I went to the community meeting, and this gentleman was there, and he was saying,
“Well why don’t you come “and see what you can do about it. “We also have interviews.” I hope to accomplish that
we can make this committee, make it accessible to all people
and get questions answered. So far I’m really impressed
about how the questions are being answered, and I like the way that
MTA was handling it because at each meeting they
always had somebody there to address our issues. And I do feel like it is having an impact because I see all kinds
of different changes, whereas if your, say for instance your
mobility bus doesn’t come. You can’t complain to the
person, or the bus driver. That’s being disrespectful. You call and dial, call 410-764-8181 and press number eight. Therefore, you would give your number, and they will address it. But when I come in and see
other people on the agenda, from this department and that department, I’ll be saying, praise the Lord, we’re gonna get some action today! (laughs) (upbeat music)

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