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Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Accessibility Advisory Committee was established by the authority of the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) Board of Directors. It serves in an advisory role resource to the DTA. Its purpose is to provide the DTA with recommendations on the DTA’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), facilitate the dialogue between the DTA and the disability community, advocates on behalf of the disability community and increase the use of the DTA’s services by people with disabilities.

We are looking for members to round out the newly reimagined committee.  Learn more below, and discover how you can get involved Today!

AAC Committee Information

Accessibility Advisory Committee

Purpose and Responsibilities

The Accessibility Advisory Committee was established by the authority of the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) Board of Directors. It serves in an advisory role resource to the DTA. Its purpose is to provide the DTA with recommendations on the DTA’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), facilitate the dialogue between the DTA and the disability community, advocates on behalf of the disability community and increase the use of the DTA’s services by people with disabilities.

The responsibilities of the Committee include:

  • Provide advice, recommendations to improve accessibility, and identify accessibility needs and issues to new and existing programs, services, and facilities as it relates to Title II of the ADA.
  • To represent the diverse needs and interests of the diversity of people with disabilities.
  • Consider any issue brought before it by riders or the public that directly relates to issues of accessibility or the ADA on fixed route and paratransit services
  • To provide comment on DTA’s current and planned services, policies and practices
  • To hear any protests brought to it concerning eligibility and removal from service.

ACCESSABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I – NAME The name of this organization shall be the Accessibility Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Committee.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

Section 1.   

Provide advice, recommendations to improve accessibility, and identify accessibility needs and issues to new and existing programs, services, and facilities as it relates to Title II of the ADA.

Section 2.

To represent the diverse needs and interests of the diversity of people with disabilities.

Section 3.  

Consider any issue brought before it by the public that directly relates to issues of accessibility or the ADA.

Section 4.

To provide comment on DTA’s current and planned services, policies and practices.

Section 5. 

To hear any protests brought to it concerning eligibility and removal from service.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.

Membership on the Committee shall represent in a non-discriminating fashion the DTA population.

Section 2.    

The number of members of the Committee shall be eleven.

Section 3.

The DTA STRIDE Manager and STRIDE Operator shall serve in an ex-officio capacity.

Section 4.  

Appointment to the Committee shall be approved? by DTA‘s Board of Directors.

Section 5.    

Members shall serve on the Committee for three-year terms commencing July 1 of each year.

Section 6.  

No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

Section 7.   

A DTA Board member shall be appointed to the Committee for a and serve a term of two (2) years.

Section 8.   

Vacancies in unexpired terms may be filled by appointment made by the DTA General Manager, and the person so appointed shall serve for three (3) years from the first meeting of their appointment.

Section 9.  

A member who misses three consecutive meetings shall be dropped from the Committee unless the Committee chooses to do otherwise.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Section 1.

The officer of the Committee shall be a Chairperson, who may chair all Committee meetings.

Section 2.

The officer shall serve terms of two years.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

Section 1.

The Committee shall meet at least quarterly at a time approved by the Committee. Reasonable public notice must be made at least one week prior to each meeting, with an announcement on the DTA website.

Section 2.  

Notice of any change must be given to all members and noted on the DTA website.

Section 3.  

All actions must be approved by 2/3 of the members present at a regular Committee meeting. Such statements, if approved, shall be made a part of the minutes and transmitted to the DTA Board of Directors.

Section 4.

Minutes shall be made public by publishing on the DTA website within two months of the meeting.

Section 5.

A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the attending Committee members.

Section 6.

All Committee meetings are open to the public unless written explanation for closing is provided on DTA’s website, where the minutes are published.

Section 7.  

Special meetings by phone and other media are permitted.

Section 8.  

Time devoted to public comment may be capped at the beginning of any meeting at the vote of the Committee. Individuals may speak for a maximum of 3 minutes.

ARTICLE VI – RULES OF ORDER Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be recognized as the authority governing the meetings of the Committee in all instances wherein its provisions do not conflict with these Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS These Bylaws may be amended by 2/3 vote of the Committee, provided the substance of such proposed amendment or amendments is delivered to each member at least 20 days prior to the meeting in which the amendments are to be considered. Vote on such amendments are allowed by phone or other media.

Committee Members and Vacancies

Members

The Committee has up to 11 members. They are chosen from qualified applicants by the DTA Transit Committee, based on their ability to represent a cross section of the community of people with disabilities in the Duluth/Superior metropolitan area.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee was established with as many as three provider members but, a majority that are disabled and able to utilize DTA services.  Five members will from council districts, three members at large, one from the City of Superior, and one member from the DTA Committee for a total of 11 members.  Terms were set at three years with a maximum of two terms per person.

 

Map of Districts for Representatives
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Accessibility Advisory Committee Application Form

Accessibility Advisory Committee Application Form

Please fill out this form to apply for a member vacancy on the Accessibility Advisory Committee

Are you currently certified to use STRIDE Paratransit
If yes, how many times per month do you typically use the service?
Are you a current DTA Rider?
If yes, how many times per month do you typically ride?
Why are you interested in joining the Advisory Committee?
The Accessibility Advisory Committee currently meets for an hour and a half in the afternoon, at least quarterly. Is it possible for you to attend meetings?

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