Monterey-Salinas Transit. Navigating Through Charter Regulations Prepared for CalACT October 4, 2005 Carl Sedoryk General Manager/CEO Monterey-Salinas Transit. Today’s Program. Facts about MST MST Case Studies Pitfalls to Avoid Recent Attempts at Charter Rule Negotiation Next Steps.
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Prepared for CalACT
October 4, 2005
Monterey County Population – 430,000
Monterey Peninsula only accessible from any direction via 2-lane highway.
Annual Visitor Trips – 8,100,000
Tourism is a $1.8 billion industry
Tourism-generated jobs in Monterey County in 2001 was about 24,000 FTE positions, $628 million in salaries.
$51 million goes into local taxes:
AT&T National Pro Am: 100,000 Red Bull Moto GP: 160,000
California International Airshow: 45,000
Historic Automobile Races: 65,000
How does MST support tourism industry and reduce traffic impacts from special events without running afoul of FTA charter regulations?
Under the control of the recipient?
Contracts must demonstrate control of fares, schedules, and equipment
Designed to benefit the public at large?
Service must be designed to benefit the needs of the general public instead members of a special organization
Open to the public and not closed door?
FTA looks not only at who rides the bus in determining if it is open door but also the methods to make the service known to the general public
APTA /ABA Negotiations
APTA Sub Committee formed in attempts to negotiate agreeable charter language as part of TEA Reauthorization
Parties agreed that current system is broken
Parties disagreed on several issues including notifications, penalties, allowable charters, “community-based events”
TEA Reauthorization language directs FTA to conduct a “negotiated rulemaking” for charters
Federal Register to be released defining the rulemaking process
Anticipate private operators to spend significant resources on this process
Public transit will need a well-coordinated strategy