By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
With a new term comes new committees, and the region has selected its members for the Durham Region Transit Advisory Committee (TAC).
Each municipality in Durham was able to nominate a member, and the Transit Executive Committee at its latest meeting appointed each nominee recommended by staff.
The City of Oshawa will be represented by Greg Gormick, Ajax by Caryn Antram, Brock by Jean Martin, Clarington by Richard Claxton-Oldfield, Pickering by Abdul Macci, and Whitby by Jeffrey Beaton.
According to Shelley Pollock, DRT’s communications coordinator, the region has yet to receive nominations from Uxbridge, although they are expected at a later date.
Pollock also says nominees are members of the community who expressed a desire to participate in the TAC.
Uxbridge Mayor and vice-chair of the Transit Executive Committee Dave Barton was appointed chair of the TAC by Transit Executive Committee chair and Ajax Mayor Shaun Collier and the rest of the committee.
There will also be additional members appointed, with one being a jointly nominated member from the student associations of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Trent University.
The region has yet to receive the nomination from Trent and UOIT, with discussions currently underway, according to a report from Vincent Patterson, general manager of Durham Regional Transit.
The name of the nominee will be presented to the Transit Executive Committee at a later meeting.
Patterson notes Durham College will not have a nominee as the college’s student association “does not have an executive in place to participate in this joint discussion.”
A search to identify two members who will represent community groups advocating for persons with disabilities in the region will also be undertaken, Patterson notes.
The names of these nominees will also be presented to the executive committee at a later date.
The Transit Advisory Committee provides input to the Transit Executive Committee on policy, procedures, and operational and planning concerns.