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Elderly & Disabled Access Advisory Committee (EDAAC) 

The Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee’s Bi-monthly meetings will be held at the MARTA Annex building at 2400 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324.  Shuttle service will be provided from the MARTA Headquarters building to the MARTA Annex building, beginning at 9:00am on the day of the meetings.

 The November 11, 2014 Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee (EDAAC) meeting and 2014 Elections must be postponed until the next scheduled meeting on January 10, 2015.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and we thank you for your time and dedication to ensuring transportation is accessible for all.  
 

The Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee (EDAAC) will be having its 2014 Elections very soon.  All those interested in becoming a member of EDAAC must complete and submit their application by the close of business on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  The EDAAC positions up for election are as follows:

  1. Chairperson
  2. Low Vision
  3. Wheelchair User
  4. Rehabilitation Service Agency
  5. Elderly Fulton County
  6. Lower Extremity Impairment
  7. Upper Extremity Impairment

Three Resource Member positions are up for elections as well.

I.   Purpose
The Elderly Disabled Access Advisory Committee (EDAAC) was established by MARTA to assist the authority in better serving the transportation needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities. EDAAC provides advice and recommendations regarding system design, operation and accessibility that may impact this group of MARTA customers. 

II.   Membership
The EDAAC membership consists of a diverse group of 13 individuals from the community. There is one Chairperson and twelve (12) voting members. The EDAAC also utilizes a six (6) member panel of individuals who act as a resource to the EDAAC and support the Committee s efforts. 

EDAAC s voting membership is comprised of a total of thirteen (13) EDAAC members. One Chairperson, Two individuals representing the elderly (must be at least fifty years of age or older one each from Dekalb and Fulton Counties) and one individual representing each of the following:

Wheelchair User

Upper Extremity Impairment

Lower Extremity Impairment

Blind

Low Vision

Deaf

Hearing Impaired

Developmental Disability

Mental Health or Cognitive Disability

Rehabilitation Service Agency  

All EDAAC members must live in the MARTA service area within the City of Atlanta, Fulton and Dekalb Counties. All persons applying for a position as an EDAAC member should have served as a Resource member or have extensive knowledge of the functions of the Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 


All Resource members must live in the MARTA service area within the City of Atlanta, Fulton or Dekalb Counties. In addition, they must have attended at least four out of six official EDAAC meetings. All persons applying for a position as a Resource member must be knowledgeable of the functions of the Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee and ADA and also should have attended four out of six Executive Committee meetings.

EDAAC s voting members are elected for a term of two (2) years.  Terms run from January 1 until December 31 of the following year.  One half of the members are elected each year to allow for staggered terms between the EDAAC members.    

III. Officers
There are two officers associated with the EDAAC and they are nominated from the full Committee.  The officers of EDAAC are:

A.  Chairperson:

  • Chairs all EDAAC meetings.
  • Works with MARTA staff in preparing the Agenda.
  • Appoints sub-committee chairperson from the EDAAC membership.
  • Represents and/or designates others to act as spokesperson(s) for EDAAC at mid-year and end of year presentations to the MARTA Board of Directors.
  • Votes as a member of the MARTA EDAAC, when necessary to break a tie vote.

B.  Vice-Chairperson:

  • Assumes responsibility in absence of the Chairperson.
  • Chairs sub-committee meeting as requested by the Chairperson.

Officers are nominated and elected from the EDAAC membership for a term of two (2) years. The terms between the Chairperson and the Vice-chairperson are staggered.  The officer s term of office runs from January 1 until December 31 of the following year. 


IV. Subcommittees
EDAAC has the following standing sub-committees:
No Show and Appeals
Accessibility
Customer Focus
Membership and Resource.

Subcommittee Chairs serve by appointment from the Chairperson for terms of one calendar year each, unless the member is disqualified, passes away, resigns, or is removed from such standing sub-committee or EDAAC


V. Regular Meetings 
Regular meetings of the EDAAC are held every other month, with the first meeting held in January of each year.  The Chairperson, with MARTA s concurrence, may convene special meetings, when required. MARTA provides free shuttle service from the MARTA Headquarters building to all regularly scheduled EDAAC meetings.  MARTA also provides a captionist and an interpreter at every meeting.  All regularly scheduled EDAAC meetings are open to the public. Visitors at the EDAAC meetings are encouraged to make comments and or suggestions regarding any of MARTA s services and products to include, but not limited to: bus, rail, Mobility and station services. Please see the 2012 EDAAC Meeting Schedule for specific dates, location and times below.


VI. 2014 Meeting Schedule and Location:                     

  • January 14, 2014
  • March 11, 2014
  • May 13, 2014
  • July 8, 2014
  • September 9, 2014
  • November 11, 2014

EDAAC Meeting Minutes

PLEASE NOTE (new location):

All meeting will be held in the Travel Training Center Presentation Area, beginning at 9:30am at the following address:

MARTA Annex Building
2400 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30324

EDAAC Positions and Term Expiration

Elderly DeKalb   2015  
Developmental Disability  2015 
Blind  2015
Mental Health or Cognitive Disability 2015
Deaf 2015
Hearing Impaired 2015
Chairperson  2014
Low Vision 2014
Wheelchair User 2014
Rehabilitation Service Agency 2014
Elderly Fulton County 2014
Lower Extremity Impairment 2014
Upper Extremity Impairment 2014


Attention Paratransit patrons:  This location is accessible for individuals with disabilities.  Please give the information above to your reservation agent when booking your trip.

If any further information is needed, please contact the Diversity and Equal Opportunity office at (404) 848-4037.

VIII. Subcommittees

Membership and Resource - Gladys Taylor
Accessibility - Tiffiny Nash
No Show and Appeal - Teresa Coachman
Customer Focus - Lafayette Wood

X. EDAAC has provided MARTA with advice and recommendations on many of its products and services, such as: 

  • Free Fixed Route Pass for Paratransit certified patrons
  • Breeze Fare Collection System Accessibility
  • Accessibility of various station renovations
  • Signage on Paratransit sedans
  • Improving customer call center system
  • Announcements and signage in the rail stations
  • Reflective Signs for people with Disabilities
  • Mobility L-van stops at various rail stations
 

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