Section 110-649; Ord. 20501; Amending Chapter 2 of the City Code to establish the Public Transportation Advisory Commission


Ordinance No. 20501                            Council Bill No. B 354-09 A

     AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 2 of the City Code to establish the Public Transportation Advisory Commission; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.    Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

ARTICLE V.  COMMISSIONS

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DIVISION 15.  PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

Sec. 2-375.10.  Established.

     The public transportation advisory commission is hereby established.

Sec. 2-375.11.  Duties.

     The commission shall have the following duties:

     (1)    Advise city staff with regard to transit policy and safety matters concerning all forms of transit issues affecting the city, for example, conventional vehicles, transit, alternative modes, accessibility and customer amenities.

     (2)    Serve as a sounding board for citizen transit, pedestrian and safety and access issues and make recommendations to the city council and city staff for appropriate action.

     (3)    Recommend rules and procedures governing public transit service programs, equipment and facilities considering regulatory guidelines, service improvements, and activities of persons utilizing transit services and facilities.

     (4)    Aid in the development of a city Transportation Improvement Program by providing citizen input on needed projects for submission to the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

     (5)    Create and review surveys and facilitate public input on public transit programming and facility usage.

     (6)    Recommend and promote marketing strategies for community outreach programs in order to strengthen the transit image, increase usage, and integrate its role within the community.

     (7)    Study issues arising under the Columbia Transit Master Plan as they relate to transportation, make recommendations to the city council and Metropolitan Planning Organization, and prepare reports to aid in the development, implementation and general improvement of the master plan relating to the public transit in the city.

     (8)    Other duties assigned by the city council.

Sec. 2-375.12.  Membership.

     (a)    The commission shall consist of nine (9) members.  One (1) member shall be a representative of the University of Missouri appointed by the chancellor of the University of Missouri.  One (1) member shall be a member of the disabilities commission appointed by the disabilities commission.  One (1) member shall be a member of the bicycle/pedestrian commission appointed by the bicycle/pedestrian commission.  The other members shall be appointed by the city council.  

     (b)    Three (3) of the initial members appointed by the city council shall serve terms of one (1) year and three (3) shall serve terms of two (2) years.  The member appointed by the disabilities commission shall serve a term of two (2) years.  The member appointed by the bicycle/pedestrian commission shall serve a term of two (2) years.  Thereafter, appointments made by the council shall be for terms of two (2) years, except that appointments to fill vacancies, occurring other than by expiration of terms, shall be filled for the unexpired term only.  It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the city council of a vacancy.

Sec. 2-375.13.  Officers.

     The commission shall annually elect one of its members as chair at the first meeting after the beginning of each fiscal year.  The chair shall appoint a vice-chair from the remaining commission members.  The chair shall preside at all meetings.  In the absence of the chair or the chair’ s inability to preside, the vice-chair shall preside.  The commission rules may specify the duties of the officers.  
Sec. 2-375.14.  Meetings; quorum; rules.

     The commission shall meet at least quarterly.  Five (5) members shall constitute a quorum to do business.  The commission may adopt rules for the conduct of its business.  

    SECTION 2.    This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

PASSED this 21st day of December, 2009.