Michael Hirsh, Jeffrey Tumblin, Mike Kirsch discussed on Forum

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Have Michael Hirsh, general manager at a C transit. Thanks for coming on. Thank you. Happy to be here got Bob Powers, general manager at Bart. Happy to be here and we have Jeffrey Tumblin, director of transportation for SFM to AKA Communi. Thanks for coming on Jeff. The money. Deborah. I want to start with you and just acknowledge the loss of nine of your coworkers at Vita during the mass shooting. That attack is obviously complicated, restoring services. Can you give us an update on where Vita stands and getting back to pre pandemic service levels? Yeah. Thank you very much. And I just want to start out by thanking both our board chair. Glenn Hendricks, our interim GM Evelyn Tran, With with really setting the tone is to how do from day one from minute one is to How to to start to recover from that tragedy and one of the biggest things as they really set. Our priorities is what what was most important was taking care of the victims, Families taking care of employs and taking care of our writers and in that priority order That you know, we really had to focus on those needs and the needs of our employees in particular, encouraging the take advantage of support services and counseling. Otherwise, you know, how do we recover from a tragedy like that? And the support from the transit industry and transit? Thank you. Mike Kirsch, who And as well as Sam Trans. You sent us as an operator's the following day. Munich Golden Gate Transit San Increase Metro sent buses operators so their employees could grieve and support each other. So what we're in the process of doing right now is really making a plan for How do how do we restructure? How do we recover and started offering that service again? So we're in the midst of making that plan, you know, Thanks. The state Legislature who just approved some funding, um, to to do some of the physical improvements to to pay for some of that grievance counseling, um and and again can't think our employees enough who have works through such a difficult time. Because it's you know, we're really we're really looking at this point. You know the first few days ahead so that we can lift our heads a little bit. Look at how do we recover from the pandemic? As I understand. It was $20 million was allocated for that. Well that get you what you need in terms of being able to the the actual physical infrastructure that was Um, broken up during the attack. Uh, we're still in the midst of assessing that, but that's that's definitely gonna to help us, Um, with some of that physical infrastructure, But that's honestly part of the assessment we're doing right now is One of those physical needs. How do we address the emotional needs of our employees? And where are they able to come back to work? And if we need more than that, then how do we go about doing that? Planning for The short, medium and long term, But that's definitely the step in the right direction. Um, and in to do that planning took some of the same individuals are most directly affected so Some of this is just taking a bit of time to get the right people around the table and and to to be sensitive about how to really address these issues. Um and again. Have to just really call out to the rest of the transit industry who have offered their help and support. Um in terms of providing assistance in this decision making and And expertise as we go through this very difficult time really has been impressive to see other buses from other areas down there and just sort of the Commitment of the bear it to support our own. Bob Powers, general manager at Bart. You know, I'm I'm a Bart writer. Um and I've noticed ridership slowly creeping back up on my way into work. What's your plan to try and bring back really like the large numbers of riders onto onto the trains. Yeah. Thanks. So first, thanks for being a part writer. And, um, that's great to hear that I was out the system last night and I can report that. You know that work were clean. Um In June. Just this past month, we put more service out in the system with 26 trains during peak hour and 16 on the weekends will be back to pre covid ridership. Um and August. By on August 30th. That's pre pandemic service levels. Right, so that's like you'll have restored all the service that that's right. Yeah. And so what we're doing, you know, to get people back to, um, couple things, one cleaner trains and cleaner stations, you know, focusing back on traditional cleaning, picking up the You know the cars in the clean restrooms. That's one big one to a more of a presence in the system. We have a progressive policing bureau that working with the BART board of directors and Bevin, Duffy and Latifah. Simon. We really Um, focusing on getting a presence out in the system and unarmed presence, you know, to work through some of these quality of life challenges that folks are having. And then the The other thing we're doing is 50% off all Clipper fares for the entire month of September. Um and so we think, you know that combination will be very successful and lowering riders and bringing the ridership back to Bart and to all public transit in the Bay Area. Baba Listener tweets, Please extend Bart. Our stopping service at nine means people cannot rely on bar to come home from work or dinners out with ride. Share prices. Surging part is losing out on serious revenue and goodwill. Extend service until 11 or 12 on Fridays and Saturdays. A sap When is that going to happen? Well, um It will definitely happen on.

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