The Transit Riders Advisory Committee (TRAC) is a committee of volunteers who ride the bus at least two times per week. The purpose of the Committee is to provide insight and recommendations to the PSTA Board of Directors and its committees (as appropriate) on operational and transit service issues. The Committee is comprised of members from the public, representing diversity and geographic distribution of people in Pinellas County.
Purpose of the PSTA Transit Riders Advisory Committee (TRAC)
- Provide knowledge of the transit system and related overall community needs and values
- Establish comprehension of existing and future programs and projects related to delivery of public transit services
- Determine overall citizen values and responses for capital and operating items
- Promote better public dissemination of general information
- Provide input on various planning efforts such as the Transit Development Plan.
TRAC Committee representation consists of the following:
- 12 transit users (defined by at least 2 trips per week) selected to reflect the diversity and geographic distribution of county residents
- 9 county representatives
- 2 representatives from north county
- 3 from mid county
- 3 from south county
- 1 from the beach communities
- 1 DART user
- 1 student
- 1 professional in the field of engineering, architecture, planning, legal business, finance, environmental, marketing or public relations or similar
- The Committee also includes 5 alternate members; 1 from north county, 1 from mid county and 1 from south county, 1 professional and 1 student, to replace vacant regular member seats from each of their respective geographic areas. Alternate members are held to the same attendance standards as regular members, including eligibility for monthly bus pass distribution.
- Members will receive a monthly bus pass for their service on the committee. Passes are distributed at meetings, encouraging meeting attendance and participation. Passes will not be issued for missed meetings.
- Each member will be required to attend regularly and must notify PSTA TRAC staff of any expected absences. To maintain a position on the TRAC, a member shall maintain a minimum of 80% attendance rate. This equates to no more than one missed meeting for every four meetings attended and no more than four meetings within a two year-term.
- The selected Committee members will complete the current vacated terms and have the opportunity to re-apply for the next two-year term.
- Committee meetings usually take place the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM at PSTA headquarters in St. Petersburg (near Carillon).
- Current members may be eligible to re-apply for an expired term or other qualifying position, but may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
Transit Riders Advisory Committee Superior Transit Access Recognition (TRAC STAR Award Program)
The TRAC STAR Award designation will be presented to recognize the efforts of public and private organizations that have made a significant effort to provide safer and better-planned access for public transit riders in Pinellas County.
Developers, municipalities and others who make a specific effort that improves the safety of transit riders as they access destinations to and from bus stops, and/or transit centers will be considered to receive the STAR Award.
- Applicant may be nominated by a member of the PSTA Transit Riders Advisory Committee, or nominated by a member of the public or private sector.
- Improved public transit access to and from a bus stop, transit center or connection to route may include: paved and marked pathways to crosswalks and nearest establishments, inclusion of transit accessibility in the construction codes and planned design of a new establishment.
- They key measure of a sidewalk or pedestrian path is a pedestrian clear zone: a continuous paved zone with at least 7 ft. of vertical clearance and no surface obstruction.
- Nominee(s) must have made a specific effort to construct or upgrade access to a bus stop, transit center or connection to route from their facility or within their (municipality). Additional consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate a collaborative effort with public and private partners in achieving the improvement.
- Photographs and exact location of the bus stop or transit center access improvement must be included with the submission.
APPLICATION REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS
- Applications will be screened on a regular basis by a small review committee that will include one staff member from each of the Planning and Marketing departments plus the TRAC Coordinator. The committee will review each application for requirements of eligibility and completeness of application. Note: If there are less than six applications received, all eligible nomination forms will be sent to TRAC members for their review.
- The TRAC members will receive an email that includes scanned copies of the eligible applications up for consideration, along with a criteria check off cover page on each application, prior to the meeting at which they will be discussed. This will give each TRAC member enough time to read and review the applications.
- TRAC agendas will include an Action Item: Review and Select the TRAC STAR Award winner(s) as applications are received and reviewed. (Max: Monthly, Min. Quarterly). Committee Chair will call for a motion to approve the TRAC STAR Award recipient(s).
- Nominators will be notified by phone if your application was selected for TRAC Star Award and designation.