GoDurham is seeking applications from qualified individuals of Durham for the voluntary positions of Members of its Community Transportation Advisory Group – CTAG

CTAG offers an opportunity for community stakeholders to provide feedback and suggest improvements and recommendations on plans, policies, and services offered by GoDurham.

The CTAG is an integral part of GoDurham’s overall public involvement efforts and an important conduit for obtaining public input, communicating to the public, and encouraging public support for transit.  The CTAG will be composed of no more than nine members appointed by GoDurham.  Members shall reflect GoDurham’s service area and strive for broad, inclusive, regional, and diverse representation to increase the reach and effectiveness of CTAG’s purpose.

GoDurham is inclined to create the CTAG with at least one representative of the following:

  • Service users (fixed route, paratransit)
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Community at large
  • Students
  • Faith community
  • Higher Education/admin/faculty
  • Medical Community/public health
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Public agencies/law enforcement
  • Civic associations
  • Senior citizensl
  • Business owners
  • Social service agencies

To apply to be a member of CTAG, please fill out the application here and email completed application to sangeet.dutta@godurhamnc.org

THE ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATION CLOSES AT 5 PM ON DECEMBER 9th, 2022 

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The purpose of the CTAG is to offer an opportunity for community stakeholders to provide feedback and suggest improvements and recommendations on plans, policies, and services offered by GoDurham. CTAG meetings provide a forum for interactive discussions between community stakeholders and GoDurham Staff and amplify GoDurham’s proactive efforts to inform and educate the public.  The CTAG is an advisory body to GoDurham.  The CTAG represents the interests of the community and assists GoDurham in meeting GoDurham’ strategic goals.

The CTAG is an integral part of GoDurham’s overall public involvement efforts and an important conduit for obtaining public input, communicating to the public, and encouraging public support for transit. CTAG’s specific scope of work is to:

  1. Act as an informed stakeholder group from which GoDurham proactively solicits advice.
  2. Offer suggestions and recommendations to GoDurham for achieving its strategic goals.
  3. Expand GoDurham’s awareness of the public’s perception of its activities and speak on behalf of constituents when commenting on GoDurham’s plans, policies and services.
  4. Inform and educate the public about GoDurham’s Transit’s operations.
  5. Provide an alternative forum for individual citizens to engage with GoDurham and present information of greater detail than possible at public meetings and
  6. Report its activities to the General Manager of GoDurham on at least a quarterly basis.

The CTAG shall be composed of no more than nine members appointed by GoDurham.  Members shall reflect GoDurham’s service area and strive for broad, inclusive, regional, and diverse representation to increase the reach and effectiveness of CTAG’s purpose.  GoDurham staff cannot serve as members of CTAG, but may support CTAG with selection of members, the conduct of meetings, the creation of agenda items, and communication with GoDurham or the public.

GoDurham expects CTAG members to serve as representatives of their community and constituents, using all available venues to gather information and prepare for productive participation. To achieve this outcome, CTAG recruitment will be through the GoDurham Website, GoDurham LinkedIn page and communication with established community partners. Members will be selected through an application process. The goal is to identify eligible participants that represent the populations listed below. GoDurham’s Executive Management or a designated subgroup will review applications and recommend prospective new members for appointment by Management. Management will recommend members for reappointment to the General Manager of GoDurham. CTAG members must meet the stated membership requirements and reside or work within the GoDurham service area. Examples of populations from whom participation may be sought include:

  • Service users (fixed route, paratransit)
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Community at large
  • Students
  • Faith community
  • Higher Education/admin/faculty
  • Medical Community/public health
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Public agencies/law enforcement
  • Civic associations
  • Senior citizens
  • Business owners
  • Social service agencies

This list is neither comprehensive nor exclusive. The GoDurham Executive Committee will have the discretion to expand this list or recruit individuals so long as CTAG’s composition meets the goal of GoDurham, inclusive, regional, and diverse representation. Membership applications will be made available to all who have requested an application, to people suggested by CTAG members, the GoDurham Executive Committee members, staff, members of the community, or organizations and agencies representing the participation list above.

Membership recruitment and filling of vacancies on the CTAG will be ongoing process.  In order to maintain creativity and avoid complacency, the initial membership terms will be staggered.  To do this, the first slate only of candidates submitted to the GoDurham General Manager for approval shall consist of three subgroups, assigned to candidates by lottery:

Slate 1: Three members to serve for one year, with an option to reapply (subject to GoDurham Executive Committee’s approval) for a subsequent full term if they wish to continue membership.

Slate 2: Three members to serve for two years, with an option to reapply (subject to GoDurham Executive Committee’s approval) for a subsequent full term if they wish to continue membership; and

Slate 3: Three members to serve for three years (full term).

After the first slate’s rotation is seated, all new members will be appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed for one additional consecutive three-year term, for a maximum of six consecutive years. Upon completion of their terms, members are expected to relinquish their position unless approved by the GoDurham General Manager for reappointment to the CTAG.  GoDurham Executive Committee may develop further rules related to seating of members and terms of service as necessary and appropriate to facilitate CTAG’s purpose under this charter.

CTAG will conduct its business in accordance with North Carolina’s Open Public Meetings Act (Article Code 33C)

CTAG will select one of its members to serve as the CTAG chair (“Chair”) for a term not to exceed one year, and a limit of no more than two consecutive terms.  GoDurham staff will be assigned to record meeting minutes and report them to the GoDurham Executive Committee.  The members of CTAG will serve in a voluntary role and without salary.  Upon request, CTAG members may be provided a renewable monthly bus pass to enable active participation in CTAG proceedings and projects.  Travel by volunteer members is otherwise not reimbursed according to GoDurham policy.  As its first order of business, CTAG will adopt operating procedures to carry out its purpose under this charter, which at a minimum will address:

  • The frequency of meetings (monthly, quarterly, etc.).
  • The process and timing for selecting the CTAG chair, who will serve as the spokesperson for the CTAG; and
  • The completion of a charter review at least once every three years. To facilitate this process, GoDurham staff will prepare and present to the CTAG a proposed set of operating procedures for consideration and approval at the first meeting of the group.

For an excused absence, members must notify the staff liaison and/or the CTAG chair at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.  A pattern of unexcused absences, or other conduct that seriously interferes with a member’s ability to perform his or her duties, may result in a recommendation for removal of the member to the board. Such recommendations for removal shall be made upon motion and approval by a quorum of CTAG members, or by the General Manager or designee with notice to the CTAG chair.  GoDurham will track attendance and send notification of CTAG’s or the General Manager’s intent to recommend removal to the respective member.  The notice will include the date the matter is scheduled to appear on the CTAG agenda.  Members whose positions are being considered for removal will have a reasonable opportunity to respond during the discussion of the motion by CTAG. The failure to appear at the meeting during which the agenda item is discussed will be deemed a forfeiture of the member’s position on the CTAG.  Any recommendation for removal must be approved by GoDurham Management before taking effect.

A member who resigns his or her position prior to the expiration of a term shall notify the CTAG chair and the staff liaison in writing at least two weeks prior to the member’s intended resignation date.  The resigning member shall return any GoDurham property, including any bus passes which might have been issued to the staff liaison not later than the intended resignation date.  The staff liaison will notify the GoDurham General Manager or designee of the member’s resignation and staff shall record the resignation in the minutes of the CTAG.

The GoDurham General Manager shall appoint GoDurham staff to serve as the CTAG liaison team (liaison team).  The liaison team shall consist of 1) a staff liaison to guide and serve as a resource for the CTAG, and 2) administrative support staff to acquire meeting facilities and equipment, record, transcribe, and distribute minutes and other materials, including the agenda.  Other duties of the liaison team include preparation of agenda forms and attachments to communicate CTAG issues and recommendations to the GoDurham Executive Committee. When requested, and for new areas including, but not limited to, defined responsibilities and legal requirements, nomenclature, history, mission, vision, services, policies, budget, strategic communications plans, transit development plans, partnerships, and community outreach practices.

 

GoDurham shall have the sole power to dissolve the CTAG, to appoint or remove members, and may exercise its power to dissolve, appoint and remove at any time for any reason.