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GRAND RIVER <br /> ACCESSIBILITY <br /> ADVISORY <br /> GRAACCOMMITTEE <br /> Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee <br /> Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 <br /> Location: Zoom Meeting <br /> Present: Donna Hartzler, Janis McKenzie (City of Kitchener), Dawn Clelland (Co-Chair), Heather Clark-Harris, <br /> Rob Bender, Jeff Smith (Township of Woolwich), Andrena Lockley-Brown, Brenda Robinson (Co-Chair), Berny <br /> Wesselink, Jolene MacDonald, Melanie Garbaz (Region of Waterloo), Paula Saunders, Lolita Paroski (City of <br /> Kitchener/City of Waterloo), Trevor Tamlin, Carrie Speers, Mamie Sealey-Baker, Tracey Murray (Township of <br /> Wilmot), Tamara Bell, Councillor Sandra Hanmer (City of Waterloo), Councillor Sue Foxton (Region of <br /> Waterloo), Councillor Debbie Chapman (City of Kitchener), Brad Sayles, Teresa McQuillin <br /> Regrets: Ashley Sage (Township of North Dumfries), Amy Harron (Township of Wellesley), <br /> 1. Welcome and Introductions <br /> 2. Approval of December Minutes <br /> Andrena motioned to accept January agenda. Paula seconded. All in favour. <br /> Dawn motioned to accept December minutes; Donna seconded. All in favour. <br /> 3. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests <br /> None <br /> 4. Region of Waterloo Breslau on demand, William Towns <br /> Information provided to the committee about the ongoing design and development of a pilot on <br /> demand transit service for Breslau. GRT is undertaking this project in partnership with Metrolinx and <br /> Overlap Associates (a local service design firm) to bring transit to a fast-growing part of the Region, building on <br /> lessons learned from previous GRT pilots. The purpose of coming to GRAAC is to raise awareness about the <br /> project, provide information about preliminary directions, and solicit feedback related to accessibility of the <br /> service, preferences re: service details, etc. <br /> What is on-demand transit? <br /> • No fixed route, shared rides, vehicle supply matched to demand (flexibility) <br /> • Useful in areas with low densities, indirect roads, physical barriers <br /> • Appropriate for relatively low-demand areas —delivering cost effective solutions requires creativity and <br /> attention to needs of users <br /> Why Breslau? <br /> • Fast-growing and economically important part of the Region (residential areas and key employers) <br /> • Currently lacks direct transit connections, home to future GO station <br /> • On-demand transit has potential to provide convenient and affordable service to Breslau for the first <br /> time, and create interim connections to existing transit before GO station opens <br />