July 2015 Advisory Council – First/Last Mile Connections

July 28, 2015

“Look out for that car!”

“Bus stop closed.”

“There isn’t a sidewalk here.”

“Just how am I going to get my stroller over that median?”

During the July 15th Advisory Council meeting members jumped over a busy street with match box cars flying back and forth, awkwardly climbed over a cardboard box median, balanced on a curb without a sidewalk, crawled under a pretend bridge with a train set, and endured artificial weather conditions to access the sign-in table. Even though it was a fun simulation of the barriers to accessing transit, they illuminated the very real obstacles that many low-income communities face when getting to the bus or rail.

The meeting featured energetic discussions about the first/last mile report (look for the full report in September 2015!) and groups grappled with a variety of questions about FLMC ranging from funding/sustaining infrastructure, to funding for FLMC and figuring out how municipalities define these important issues. Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the LA Department of Transportation, rounded out the meeting with an inspiring presentation about the amazing work and projects she has accomplished. Click here for her presentation.

Thanks to all that came! See you at our next meeting on November 12th, 9-12:00 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.