After a line-by-line review of the changes, the Operations Committee voted to forward the proposed bus service changes to the full Board of Directors, who are scheduled to vote on the issue next Thursday, March 24.
Also of note, the committee authorized Metro CEO Art Leahy to purchase up to 700 new 40-foot advanced transit buses through 2015 using a “best value” criteria for the order. These new buses would replace the oldest in Metro’s bus fleet that have outlived their useful service life.
During the public comment period, members of the Bus Riders Union spoke against the proposed service changes. Below the jump is Metro’s official response to the Federal Transit Administration Review of Metro’s service Changes, which was initiated in part at the request of the Bus Riders Union.
Metro Statement Re: FTA Review of Metro Service Changes, March 17, 2011
Metro welcomes any and all compliance reviews by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA).
Whether the review is part of an already scheduled triennial review by the FTA slated for later this year, or a separate review, they have indicated that they will take a look at our policies and procedures associated with changes in service provided by Metro. In no way does the scheduling of a review by the FTA pass judgment on anything Metro has done or is doing.
Proposed service changes currently being considered and past service changes are necessary steps to secure the financial health of the agency while at the same time providing quality service against the backdrop of the recent economic downturn.
We remain confident that the review will show all service changes either proposed or implemented have been consistent with Metro’s operating budget, agency plans, agency policy and meet all federal requirements.