Grand Forks City Council Members Discuss Approval of UND Transit Contract Agreement – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — Members of the Grand Forks City Council have considered approving a transit contract agreement with UND to provide transit services on campus.

While the city has been providing transit services to the UND campus for a year and billing the university for it, a formal five-year written agreement with the university was discussed by board members during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. .

If all agree, the city will provide rides for UND students as well as faculty and staff who swipe their IDs to use the buses. If students, staff and faculty do not show valid ID, they will be charged the full adult cash fare of $1.50 per one-way ticket.

For students, the city will submit a monthly invoice to the UND student government for $0.75 per one-way trip with valid ID. For faculty and staff, the city will submit a monthly invoice to UND Facilities for $1.30 per one-way trip with valid identification.

Public Transportation Division Director Dale Bergman said ID numbers will help determine whether a passenger is a student or a member of the facility/staff. This will determine what the city will charge for the ride.

Dial-A-Ride services will also be available to anyone with a valid Dial-A-Ride card for paratransit. Eligible UND students, faculty, and staff with disabilities who qualify for Dial-A-Ride service and have valid ID will ride for free, while all other Dial-A-Ride users Ride will pay the current Dial-A-Ride rate of $3. per trip.

Student government and UND facilities will be charged $3 per ride for eligible students, faculty, and staff.

As part of the agreement, the city will ensure that all buses are well maintained and will provide student government and UND facilities with promotional maps, user guides, and bus usage statistics. UND on the CAT system and the Dial-A-Ride system on a monthly and yearly basis.

City Administrator Todd Feland said services will be available during the fall and spring semesters, but not during the summer.

In other council news Monday:

  • Council members discussed a work order agreement with engineering firm Webster, Foster & Weston in the amount of $190,000 for design, tender and construction administration for the replacement of controls and drives at three of 12 city-owned flood pump stations. The replacements that will be installed will use new technology while equipment removed in the process will be recovered and stored for spares from five other stations using the original equipment. City engineer Al Grasser said the electronics currently in the stations are getting old and dated because the stations are nearly 20 years old. Grasser said that as they age, finding spare parts for equipment becomes more difficult.
  • Council has listened to offers received for winter rental for street maintenance to include five graders and three loaders. Of the two bids received, Director of Public Works Sharon Lipsh recommended that the council award the bid to RDO Equipment Company, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $272,188.60 per season for a total of $1,360,943 over five years.

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