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Governor Deval Patrick in April signed an Executive Order establishing a Commission to examine and offer suggestions to improve/reform Community, Social Service and Paratransit transportation.

The first meeting of the Commission is scheduled as follows:

Thursday August 25th, 3:30-5:00pm, Gardner Auditorium, State House

As people’s transportation needs change, so do their expectations of their public transportation system.  As a result, the demand for services keeps growing, costs continue to rise and resources remain limited. The goal of the Commission is to develop detailed recommendations for reform and maximize efficiencies in the provision of these critical services utilized by persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, persons with Limited English Proficiency, and seniors and visitors to the Commonwealth.

The Executive Order established a Commission of 16 members.  The Governor’s office, through their outreach to State agencies and their partners, along with consulting industry leaders in various transportation areas, suggested names of people across the Commonwealth who possess the expertise listed in the Order for the Governor’s review. The Commission is co-chaired by MassDOT Secretary Mullan and Health & Human Services Secretary Bigby. The 16 members include:

Jeff Mullan – MassDOT Secretary and CEO
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby – Secretary of Health and Human Services
Coleman Nee – Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Ann Hartstein- Secretary of Elder Affairs
Jay Gonzalez – Secretary of Admin & Finance
Ron Marlow- Assistant Secretary of Admin & Finance for Access and Opportunity
Richard Davey- General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Francis Gay and Thomas Cahir- Representatives for the Regional Transit Authorities
Francisca Fajana- One member with Civil Rights background
Judith O'Connor – One representative of a Council on Aging
Jini Fairley and Denise Karuth – Members representing Paratransit users
Mohammed Khan and Will Rodman- Members with expertise in Paratransit service delivery and operations
Linda Guiod – One member with extensive experience in human services

Six listening sessions will also be held throughout the state to allow for the general public to speak to Commission members about their experiences regarding community, social service and paratransit transportation. Dates for these sessions will be posted and publicized as soon as they are available on the Executive Order web page. 

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