Notice Of Public Hearing For Proposed Fare Increases

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED FARE INCREASES

The Golden Empire Transit District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 PM to receive public input regarding a proposed fare restructuring. The hearing will be held in the GET Board Room at 1830 Golden State Avenue.

Any person wishing to present testimony related to the proposed fare restructuring may appear and be heard or may submit written comments to Golden Empire Transit District, 1830 Golden State Avenue, Bakersfield, CA. 93301 for inclusion in the official record of the hearing. Written comments will be received until 5:30 PM the day of the hearing. Written comments may be delivered or mailed to the following address:

Golden Empire Transit District
1830 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301-1012
The proposed fare restructuring includes the following changes, which would become effective on July 1, 2016:

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Transportation will be provided for anyone who wishes to attend and cannot use regularly scheduled service to get home. People with special needs or requirements should contact Cecilia Provensal at (661) 324-9874 by April 14, 2016.

Information will be provided in alternative format upon request.

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AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA PARA PROPUESTA DE AUMENTO DE TARIFAS

El Consejo Directivo de Golden Empire Transit District llevará a cabo una audiencia pública el martes 19 de abril a las 5:30 p.m. para recabar opiniones del público sobre la propuesta de reestructuración de tarifas. La audiencia se llevará a cabo en la Sala del Consejo de GET en 1830 Golden State Avenue.

Cualquier persona que desee aportar testimonio en relación con la propuesta de reestructuración de tarifas puede presentarse y ser escuchada, o bien puede enviar sus comentarios por escrito a Golden Empire Transit District, 1830 Golden State Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301 para su inclusión en el registro oficial de la audiencia. Se recibirán los comentarios por escrito hasta las 5:30 p.m. del día de la audiencia. Los comentarios por escrito pueden ser entregados o enviados por correo a la siguiente dirección:

Golden Empire Transit District
1830 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301-1012

La propuesta de reestructuración de tarifas incluye los siguientes cambios, que entrarían en vigor el 1º de julio de 2016:

 

Se proporcionará transporte para toda persona que desee asistir y no pueda utilizar el servicio regularmente programado para llegar a casa. Las personas con necesidades o requisitos especiales deben comunicarse con Cecilia Provensal al (661) 324-9874 antes del 14 de abril de 2016.

Se proporcionará información en formatos alternativos a petición.

UPDATE (7-22-14)

 The GET board met for approximately 2 hours today. The Board discussed the proposal from the union and provided instruction to the negotiating team. The next step will be to schedule a meeting of the negotiating teams.

GET Update

Through assistance from Supervisor Leticia Perez’s office, GET officials and union officials met at 8 AM this morning.  The meeting lasted until approximately 9:30 AM. Talks are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

“We want to thank Supervisor Perez for bringing the union back to the table,” said GET spokesperson Gina Hayden. “We hope these talks will be productive.”

GET-A-Lift services

Due to the reduced workforce, GET is limiting GET-A-Lift service to ONLY those with serious medical needs. Service will be provided from 6 AM to 6 PM, seven days a week.

GET-A-Lift customers who have subscription service for rides meeting the outlined criteria will continue to receive their rides as scheduled without any further action needed. Individuals who meet the trip criteria but do not have subscription service will need to contact GET-A-Lift to reserve rides as needed.

Explanation of full time and part time employees

 

Golden Empire Transit District –
Explanation of 
full time and part time employees

 

Many organizations employ a combination of full time and part time employees. This allows the organization to balance revenue and expenses and is a common business practice within the realities of today’s economic conditions.

GET employees 70 full time drivers and 147 part time drivers. The part time status is clearly explained when employees are hired. GET does not guarantee hours although part time employees bid for routes based on seniority as do full time employees. Part time employees also receive medical and dental benefits, holidays, sick days, vacation and reimbursement for education expenses.

There is no promise of full time status given to part time employees at any time during the hiring process or during employment at GET. GET’s starting pay rate for part time drivers is $14.23 per hour. In comparison, Kern Regional Transit starts drivers at $11.65 per hour.  GET’s top pay rate is $22.23 per hour. Kern Regional Transit’s top pay rate is $14.91 per hour.

Mechanics and servicers are hired as full time employees with full time benefits.

GET officials are prepared to return to negotiations at any time. Arbitration was also discussed during negotiations and GET officials conveyed to the union negotiating team that the District was open to arbitration at any time.

Golden Empire Transit District is a special governmental district formed in 1973. The boundaries of the District include the city of Bakersfield and some county areas adjacent to the city. The District is governed by a five person board of directors. 

Explanation of GET employment positions