February 12, 2016
WANTED: A few committed volunteers.
Slight preference for Pennsylvania residents, though New Jersey residents also needed.
Must endure a monthly meeting of several hours and sign a confidentiality form.
Compensation: Personal satisfaction.
But the CAC is down six members from the Pennsylvania side of the river and not quite at full strength on the Jersey side, either.
The committee arose in 2010 from public pushback during the last fare hike and related questions about DRPA’s non-transportation spending.
Boyle said the committee’s feedback has increased “the level of response and transparency” from the DRPA and PATCO officials, adding Hanson attends every meeting to update the committee and field questions. Boyle, who works for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, has been on the committee since it began and is now in his second-term as chairman.
Members skew more to New Jersey naturally because that’s the typical flow for commuters, said Boyle, who either bikes across the Ben Franklin or takes PATCO into Center City most days after taking NJ Transit’s River Line into Camden.
Boyle said the ideal candidate for the committee is “anybody who uses the facilities on a regular basis. We need just regular people interested in the DRPA and how they efficiently work.”
Hanson said while membership fluctuates, finding candidates from Pennsylvania is more difficult due to the natural flow of commuters into Philadelphia from the South Jersey suburbs.
Interested applicants who fill out an application to join the committee are vetted, and then invited to sit in on meetings.
After three meetings and further interviews, applicants can join the committee, he added.