Executive Directors Report

Executive Director Update – in this edition:  NVTA Transportation Summit, Vine Changes and Website Update Coming Soon, Funding for Non-Profit Agencies, MTC Summer Interns

NVTA will be holding a Transportation Summit on September 18th at 4 pm at the Soscol Transit Center, 625 Burnell Street, Napa.  The Transportation Summit is intended to engage members of the public and share information about the Countywide Transportation Planning effort, showcase key capital projects, and to share information on Vine Transit, and NVTA's Travel Demand Programs. There will also be a Q&A with NVTA board members where the panelists will respond to questions about transportation and related development in Napa County. Individual jurisdictions will also be on-hand to present information about their transportation projects that are funded through NVTA. Event-goers will also enjoy music and a live broadcast by KVYN, food, prizes, an electric bus, and much more. We expect a large scale turn-out for this first-ever of its kind event in Napa.

There are a lot of Vine Transit changes in the works.  We’ve ordered new electric buses but we currently have a bus shortage.  We’ve retired eight non-operational New Flyer buses early and increased express bus service which has put new demands on the fleet.  NVTA staff sent out a statewide request to other public transit systems and have identified  four, 40' Gillig buses that will be donated by Monterey-Salinas Transit.  We are tremendously grateful to the Monterey-Salinas system for their generosity. 

NVTA is releasing new schedules on July 28th to reflect minor adjustments to the Vine transit system. The schedule changes are a practice that happens quarterly to address seasonal traffic and updates to connecting services. The Vine will also be unveiling a newly designed website this August. The new site will be easier to navigate, making information from bus schedules to mobility programs and services easier to access for riders. The URL will remain the same, www.vinetransit.com. 

Caltrans has announced a call for projects for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) §5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.  This program makes funds available for vehicles and mobility management to non-profit organizations, and to government agencies when a non-profit is not available to run a specific service. Applications are due to Caltrans by September 6, 2019.  Interested organizations can visit https://www.nvta.ca.gov/CFP-FTA-5310 for more information on how to apply.

Thanks to funding from MTC, NVTA has two summer interns this year.  The MTC internship program grants high school students the opportunity to explore careers in transportation. Our 2019 MTC Summer Interns are Emilio Fantucci and Vincent Vaughan.  Vincent attends Vintage High School and will be a junior this coming school year. Emilio will be a junior at New Tech High School. This year all of the MTC interns employed by North Bay transportation and transit agencies will work together to develop a theoretical hyperloop project that links Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties together. For more information on the MTC High School Summer Internship Program and to consider applying next year, visit https://mtc.ca.gov/about-mtc/careers/high-school-internship-program

The next NVTA Board of Directors meeting will take place on September 18th, 2019.

 

Kate Miller

NVTA Executive Director