The Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee (EDAAC) is accepting application for one member seat to represent the Hearing Impaired. Anyone interested in applying to become a member of EDAAC must complete and submit their application by the close of business, Thursday, December 12, 2013.
The Elderly and Disabled Access Advisory Committee’s Bi-monthly meetings will be held at the MARTA Headquarters Building at 2424 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA, until further notice.
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.
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:
Upper Extremity Impairment
Lower Extremity Impairment
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.
There are two officers associated with the EDAAC and they are nominated from the full Committee. The officers of EDAAC are:
- 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.
- 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.
EDAAC has the following standing sub-committees:
No Show and Appeals
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
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
Mental Health or Cognitive Disability 2015
Hearing Impaired 2015
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.
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