that was incorrect on facebook.
Ive been trying to log onto the site from the Public Library (where I am sitting with Ocklawaha) and only just succeeded----(thanks all of you guys who hated the idea of public investment in wifi a few years ago, its a good thing that the 'market' took care of all that)
The meeting went really well.
It was more of an informational sit down.
Ford has only been on the job for a couple of weeks and he is in the process of getting his bearings on the community context. He scheduled the breakfast with us in order to get input, observations and criticisms.
Ock read off the questions from this thread, but he didnt have any answers to give as he hasnt formulated a comprehensive policy.
We did share with him the perennial issues with transit provided by the JTA, including the S Liine, poor design of the Transit Center, the schedules changing every 6 months, the cut backs in service, the policy of not running night time buses to african american neighborhoods after 9pm, the general lack of customer service, the expensive transfer policy etc.
He asked how we felt about the gasoline tax being renewed. Ock was positive and non committal, I was less diplomatic.
Ford is dynamic and energetic, and he seems pretty committed to starting from the basics and making the transit part of the JTA actually work.
He filled us in a bit on his process in San Francisco, which was community based and encouraging.
We told him that we just want to see competent people running a transit system that works.
Ironically, the meeting was at 8:30.
I drove my car downtown from the beaches area, parked in a garage and made my way to the nearest skyway station. I arrived at 8:23.
But the skyway car was having a problem at the Rosa Parks Station, and the digital sign board kept announcing that the next car would arrive in 50 seconds.
A skyway car finally did arrive at 8:44.
Instead of sending a car that worked from elsewhere on the line, to pick up people, they decided to make everyone wait until the attendent fixed what was wrong with the original car. I was 20 minutes late to the breakfast as a result.
Which I think kind of summed up the transit experience pretty nicely.
Im optimistic about this guy, though. He seems very purposeful and confident.
He's got my support at the moment.
I think Ock will weigh in shortly.