TriMet Advisory Committees
TriMet Board Finance & Audit Committee
This three-member committee advises the Board of Directors with oversight of TriMet’s financial strategy and objectives, the integrity of TriMet’s financial statements, the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and TriMet’s enterprise risk issues, programs, management practices and initiatives to ensure that systems and risk management tools are in place and functioning effectively.
- Travis Stovall, TriMet Board Director, Chair
- Bruce Warner, TriMet Board President
- Dr. Linda Simmons, TriMet Board Director
Committee on Accessible Transportation (CAT)
Formed in 1985 to advise the TriMet Board of Directors and staff on plans, policies and programs for seniors and people with disabilities.
CAT has 15 community members: seven seniors and/or people with disabilities who use TriMet, six representatives of seniors and/or people with disabilities and one local government representative, as well as one member of the TriMet Board of Directors. All CAT members are appointed by the TriMet Board president for a two-year term.
Together with TriMet staff, CAT develops an annual work plan to identify major issues and prioritize the year’s activities. The work plan helps CAT balance their work agenda with available time and determine subcommittee assignments. Meetings are open to the public and testimony is taken.
Primary TriMet Staff Contact: Max Calder
Chair: Jan Campbell
Advises: TriMet Board of Directors
Board Liaison: Lori Irish Bauman, TriMet Board Director
Transit Equity & Access Advisory Committee (TEAC)
The Transit Equity & Access Advisory Committee is made up of a diverse cross-section of community leaders. The 14-member panel, created in May 2013, meets monthly to provide input and guidance to TriMet’s General Manager on fairness and equity considerations. The committee advises TriMet on elements of equitable transportation, including:
- Meaningful public involvement in planning and decisionmaking
- Public accountability and financial transparency
- Ensure benefits and burdens are distributed equally across all income levels
Transit Equity & Access Advisory Committee scope of work:
- Provide a forum for review and discussion of TriMet service, including planning, Title VI, environmental justice, operational and capital investments
- Review TriMet budget choices and challenges
- Recommend strategies and ideas for improved service to transit-dependent populations
- Help share information about transportation services to community-based organizations, social service agencies and the community at large within the TriMet District
Primary TriMet Staff Contacts: Roberto Gutierrez
Chair: Anneliese Koehler
Advises: TriMet General Manager
Board Liaison: Ozzie Gonzalez, TriMet Board Director
TriMet’s General Manager appoints members to TEAC after consultation with community leaders. Members serve 18-month terms and may be reappointed for an additional term.
Special Transportation Fund Advisory Committee (STFAC)
Appointed by the TriMet Board of Directors to advise TriMet by making informed recommendations about the distribution of grants funded by the State of Oregon’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) and the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities. The STFAC also helps develop the Coordinated Transportation Plan for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (CTP). The plan sets forth the priorities for new older adults and disabled transportation services. More than one-half of the STFAC is comprised of older adults and/or people with disabilities representing geographic diversity in the tri-county area. Meetings are held two to six times a year, depending on need and are open to the public.
Effective on October 1, 2012, MAP-21 authorized significant changes to FTA programs. The New Freedom (5317) program has been repealed under MAP-21 and consolidated under other programs; New Freedom (5317) programs are eligible under Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities.
Co-Chairs: Jan Campbell and Claudia Robertson
Advises: TriMet Board of Directors
Crash Advisory Committee
This seven-member committee identifies and reviews certain crashes in an effort to improve public safety, build understanding and awareness of the reasons for crashes, and discusses how to avoid future crashes. Committee members are appointed by the TriMet General Manager for a four-year term.
- Peter Koonce, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director of Lights and Signals
- Jeff Pazdalski, Westside Transportation Alliance Executive Director. Transit advocate.
- Kari Schlosshauer, Oregon Walks Vice Chair. Pacific Northwest Senior Policy Manager for Safe Routes Partnership.
- Scott Kocher, Attorney. Member, Families for Safe Streets. Board Member Oregon Walks
- Elaine Wells, Ride Connection Retired Executive Director
- Chris Strong, Transportation Division Manager for the City of Gresham. Licensed professional engineer.
- Linda Simmons, TriMet Board Member
Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Advisory Committee
The JARC Advisory Committee reports directly to TriMet, the regional JARC applicant and administrator. It is a regional body of public jurisdictions, social service providers, and transportation professionals that assist TriMet with implementation and oversight of the Regional JARC Program. The Committee advises TriMet on the content of the Regional JARC Plan and the implementation of its related strategies. The JARC Advisory Committee convenes biennially to assist TriMet with the competitive solicitation for projects. Projects are selected by TriMet, under the guidance of the Advisory Committee. The JARC informational kick-off meeting is held in January. This is an open invitation solicited via the TriMet website and email distribution inviting the public to attend and learn about the JARC program and application process for the new grant cycle and to ask any questions they may have. All JARC meetings are held at Metro offices. The application presentation and Committee scoring meeting is held in March at Metro offices. This meeting is also an open invitation to the public solicited via the TriMet website and email distribution.
Effective on October 1, 2012, MAP-21 authorized significant changes to FTA programs. The JARC (5316) program has been repealed under MAP-21 and consolidated under other programs; JARC programs are now eligible under two other consolidated programs – Urbanized Area Formula Grants (5307) and Rural Area Formula Grants (5311).
Advises: TriMet Staff
A five-member committee was formed in January 2014 to enhance the agency’s transparency efforts following a November 2013 resolution by the TriMet Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed by and report recommendations to the General Manager. The committee’s objectives include improving public access to TriMet information, particularly through TriMet’s Accountability web page at trimet.org. The committee meets every six months.
- Lori Irish Bauman, TriMet Board Directors
- Shelley Devine, TriMet General Counsel
- Darlene Gastineau, TriMet Manager Internal Audit
- Martin Gonzalez, TriMet Manager of Multicultural Programs
- Dave Whipple, TriMet Manager of Marketing and Rider Communications