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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce w/photo courtesy METRO
Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today voted unanimously to approve an application to the Texas Department of Public Safety for the purpose of allowing METRO to conduct its own Commercial Driver License skills tests as a third-party tester.

Board Member Jim Robinson noted that allowing METRO to conduct the tests would provide a convenience. Listen (2:04)

The board voted unanimously to approve negotiation and execution of an interlocal cooperation contraction with the Texas A&M Transportation institute for further development of the Bluetooth Proximity Alert System technology for transit purposes.

The maximum contract amount totals $104,170.

The board voted unanimously to negotiate and execute a contract modification with KPMG for independent financial auditing services, and increase the contract amount by $175,000, resulting in a new total price of $1,854,850.

The modification will provide for additional auditing services.

The board voted unanimously to authorize applying to the Federal Transit Administration for the Low or No Emission Bus Program Grant.

The board voted unanimously to authorize negotiation and execution of a 2-year interlocal agreement with the Hobby Area District for the installation and maintenance of 22 bus shelters, with a maximum payment of $230,900 by METRO.

The board voted 7-0-1, with Sanja Ramabhadran abstaining, to authorize contract modifications with Motiva Enterprises, LLC to exercise a one-year option to supply diesel and gasoline for METRO for FY2019.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Board Member Troi Taylor was absent. Agenda

During working committee reports, Capital and Strategic Planning Chair Christof Spieler noted that METRO has received an unsolicited offer for joint development at the Texas Medical Center Transit Center, which he said triggered a proposal process to allow other offers.

“I think this is a really good opportunity, but I think the board was very clear on the fact that any such project really needs to improve the transit rider experience, not simply net revenue for the agency,” Spieler said. Listen (2:20)

Also during the meeting, the board recognized several METRO police officers for National Police Week.

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