Advocacy and Legislation

Present and Ongoing Activities

  • Serve on the ADA Eligibility and No-Show Appeals panels
  • Speak before the SamTrans Board of Directors monthly meeting
  • Work closely with SamTrans staff on changes in late cancel, no-show policies, etc.
  • Provide ongoing oversight through participation of the Consumer Corps. This important data is presented to the PCC and SamTrans Board of Directors on a quarterly basis
  • Monitor and collect feedback on the Interactive Voice Response System
  • Educate the public about paratransit services
  • Advocate for high quality paratransit services in San Mateo County

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News and Events

In Memorial: Mike Levinson, 1952-2024

Mike Levinson joined the Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) in 1998. He was diagnosed as a teenager with retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that left him legally blind. He served as PCC Chair for several years and was Chair of the Policy, Advocacy and Legislative (PAL) committee. As a retired computer programmer, Mike was particularly interested in the paratransit scheduling software and the IVR phone reminders. He served on a committee to select the IVR vendor and was also part of a sub-committee ensuring that the paratransit eligibility process was fair and accommodating to applicants. See below for Mike's full bio:

Mike Levinson bio-2024

Sammi Riley and Mike Levinson speak on PenTV:

Past Accomplishments of the PCC

  • Monitored and reviewed performance trends for Redi-Wheels and RediCoast service
  • Helped establish the ADA eligibility consumer friendly process
  • Participated in contractor selection process and provided input on Interactive Voice Responsive (IVR) and scheduling systems
  • Served on SamTrans Bus Review Committee to provide recommendations on bus interior and design
  • Hosted 2007 Regional Conference for Bay Area Paratransit Service
  • Hosted 2017 “Beyond ADA” PCC Regional Conference
  • Participated in the 2022 Regional PCC Conference

Policy Advocacy Legislative Committee

The Policy Advocacy Legislative (PAL) Committee's function is to monitor legislation, take positions on this legislation and lobby decision makers on legislation for paratransit needs.

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