RTA listens to citizen concerns

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The Regional Transportation Authority decides which projects our money will spent on, and Monday listened to a citizen's group formed to make sure our voices are heard.

The CART Committee consists of more than 30 members. Although all of them were not at the meeting they were well represented.

"I thinking a meeting like this today was just excellent. I think was one of the best CART Committee meetings we've had. To look at the problems or I shouldn't say the concerns that we have," says CART member Richard Roberts.

"I'm one of the original members of the CART committee.  And its now 4 years.  Some of us are on for 4 years, 5 years and 6 years," says Roberts.

Their job is to represent the community and make sure RTA is making the right decisions on projects.

"Their critical, we have to meet with them on a quarterly basis that is spelled out in all the RTA policies to explain that were actually implementing the plain the way the voters approved it," says RTA Executive Director Gary Hayes.

So are the opinions and concerns of CART being heard and taken into consideration?

"We have to because if they have a finding that their unhappy with where the progress with a particular project they report that to the RTA board. RTA board tells me as a staff director we need to fix this."

"I think it weights quite a bit.  I think the information from here goes to the RTA board.  So I think we put everything together and I think we've got good answers at the end."

Although CART has a role in current RTA projects they could be a major factor when it comes to future plans.

"Basically were trying to get a stronger transit component to the CART Committee they can understand the transit side. Making sure were addressing needs of the dependent riders as well as the discretionary riders, what the fare structure is and routes," says Hayes.