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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Houston METRO Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy METRO
Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors today voted unanimously to adopt the agency's FY2019 Business Plan and Budgets.

According to a draft of the budget and business plan, METRO has maximum budgeted operating expenditures totaling $626,210,000, a capital budget of $285,967,000, as well as $104,171,000 in funding for debt service and a $180,008,000 transfer to the General Mobility Program. Draft Budget

The board voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of a request for proposals to conduct a disparity study.

The board took no action regarding a contract for construction management services with Arcadis U.S., Inc., Atser, LP and Huitt-Zollars, Inc. for three year terms with two options to excent for an aditional year. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The board voted unanimously to authorize the negotiation and execution of a lease with Met Tran Federal Credit Union for office space at METRO's Administration Building.

Board Member Jim Robinson advised that the lease, if not structured properly, could trigger taxability of the METRO building.

“The negotiations that Chief (Tom) Lambert does with the credit union will take that into account to assure that there is no chance that we will lose our exemption,” Robinson said. Listen (1:03)

The board voted unanimously to enter into a $1,595,211 contract with First Transit, Inc. to conduct an autonomous vehicle pilot demonstration and to provide related services at the Texas Southern University campus.

The board voted unanimously to authorize adjustment of METRO compensation levels to be consistent with Harris County law enforcement compensation.

The adjustments include a 13.3 percent increase to starting pay for entry level officers, and by 3 percent increase for all other officers, at a total cost of $739,000 per year. Listen (0:42)

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

During the meeting, the board heard a presentaton regarding the METROBus Universal Accessibility Initiative. Listen (39:13)

Also during the meeting, the board recognized METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers on being named president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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