Southeast Michigan-Regional Transit Authority seeks Citizens Advisory Committee members

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    The goal of the Southeast Michigan-Regional Transit Authority is to create a public transit system that addresses the challenges facing our region. Achieving this goal will require the active involvement of a Citizen Advisory Committee, which may make recommendations to the RTA board.




    The purpose of the Regional Transit Authority-Citizens Advisory Committee is to advise the RTA on transit issues, make suggestions for improvements in transit service and to advocate for greater funding for public transportation. The CAC are encouraged to do all of the following:
    • Review and comment on the comprehensive regional public transit service plan for a public transit region and all annual updates
    • Advise a board regarding the coordination of functions between different owners and operators of public transportation facilities within a public transit region
    • Review and comment on a specialized services coordination plan
    • Upon request of a board, provide recommendations on other matters that concern public transportation in a public transit region

    General Qualifications for CAC Members:
    CAC members should:
    • Be able to communicate knowledgeably about RTA and public transit in general.
    • Know how to use mass transit and, preferably, use it frequently. However, transit dependency is not a requirement for CAC membership.
    • Be willing to advocate on behalf of the RTA and promote service.
    • Have some familiarity with the existing transit providers (DDOT, SMART, AATA, and the People Mover) as well as transportation-related organizations/ advocacy groups that have an impact on transportation policy in the region.
    • CAC members do not have to represent advocacy groups, but can also be representatives of business and industry.
    • All CAC members do not have to be transit riders.

    CAC Applicant Screening Process:
    • Individuals interested in serving on the CAC must submit a completed application by July 19, 2013 at 3pm. A Screening Committee, consisting of one or more RTA Staff Members and two or more RTA Board Members shall review all completed applications. The Screening Committee will evaluate each applicant on a fair and objective basis utilizing the following criteria, in addition to all of the requirements outlined in state law for CAC membership:
    o Exhibited desire to perform public service.
    o Ability to express ideas, concepts or philosophies.
    o Experience in advocacy or work on public transportation issues.
    o Availability to participate in the scheduled meetings.
    o Experience in advocacy or work on public transportation issues.
    o Experience in working as part of a team towards a united goal – improved public transit.

    The application deadline is July 19, 2013 at 3pm.

    For more information and a link to the application click here

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