Revenue from the “transportation penny” has enabled the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority to restore and extend weekday and weekend bus service, replace aging vehicles, develop plans to reach under-served areas and populations, begin providing shelters and benches at bus stops and rebrand The COMET with a distinctive and vibrant image.
To my surprise, Joe E. Taylor Jr. and Daniel Rickenmann overlooked these accomplishments in their July 2 column (“Where’s the outrage over lack of results on tax?”) and focused on one tie vote on the operator contract. Since the sales tax resources gave the CMRTA board a first opportunity to open the operator contract to applicants, the procurement process has been a new challenge for a diligent and dedicated volunteer board. Some members believed we had arrived at a sound and beneficial contract, but others were not yet satisfied with the outcome of negotiations.
Recognizing the importance of reaching consensus on such a critical decision, the board decided to reopen the process. We are mindful of both time and costs, and are committed to getting the best possible contract for citizens who are investing in public transportation.
representative, CMRTA Board