FAIRFIELD — Proposed changes to the city’s bus service could save the city a bucket of cash.
The proposal is one of two items related to transportation that will pass before the City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
Staff is asking council members to approve changes in the agreement for the Provision of Fixed Route and Paratransit Services with MV Transportation that would generate anticipated savings of $169,000 during the 2013-14 budget year, which is the last year of a two-year contract extension.
Some of the key changes that would amend the agreement include a reduced monthly fee to MV from $111,597 to $102,216; reduced yearly payment to MV for insurance from $275,845 to $267,810; eliminating a monthly credit of $3,808 that MV paid to the city for implementing electronic fare boxes that reduced MV costs; and staff changes, including the elimination of the customer service manager position.
The strategy to not raise fares or reduce service during the economic recession minimized impact on riders, according to staff reports, but recent studies “made it clear” that the city needs to reduce operating costs and generate more revenue to “sustainable long-term” levels.
City Council is also being asked to accept the Fairfield and Suisun Transit Short Range Transit Plan. The plan must be submitted to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in order to stay eligible for federal, state and regional funding, according to staff reports.
The plan is divided into five sections that include the executive summary; overview of the transit system; goals, objectives and standards; service and system evaluation; and operating and capital plan.
The plan outlines accomplishments over the past three fiscal years and provides a 10-year plan for service and capital improvements. It documents ridership, which after a drop in 2009-10 has been increasing since but still at levels below 2008-09. Other items of interest in the plan include passenger trips, revenues, operating costs and information on fixed-route service.
The plan also notes that in 2011-12 the transit system met “only” three out of 14 service performance standards and 19 out 28 system performance standards, according to staff reports. Most deficiencies occurred in the service and cost effectiveness categories.
“The local fixed-route was restructured in December 2012 with the goal of improving performance and attracting new ridership,” the staff report states.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council chambers, 1000 Webster St. For a complete agenda, go to www.fairfield.ca.gov.
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