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Transportation
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today voted 8-0-1, with Christof Spieler abstaining, to approve funding for $6 million in "as needed" contracts for on-call support services to assist with transit, intelligent transportation systems, traffic engineering and traffic management projects including construction traffic plans, traffic analysis and studies for rail, bus, and high occupancy vehicle lane related projects and development of transit facility conceptual designs.

The list of seven contractors includes Brown & Gay Engineers, Inc.; Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.; Klotz Associates, Inc.; TEDSI Infrastructure Group, Inc.; Traffic Engineers, Inc.; Gunda Corporation, LLC; and Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc.  Each contract will be limited to $857,142.

The board voted unanimously to increase METRO's FY2011 Environmental Remediation Oversight Contractor's budget by $1.5 million, from $7,815 million to $9.315 million.

Board Member Burt Balafant made the motion for the item, "because METRO has responsibility for environmental remediation along the METRORail expansion corridors, and METRO previously competitively selected Malcome Pirnie, Inc. as an environmental remediation and oversight contractor, and because the need for environmental remediation and oversight services continue to exist along METRORail expansion corridors."

The board voted unanimously to authorize an increase of $4.5 million for a modification of the SafeBus contract with Hewlett-Packard.

All other agenda Items were approved with unanimous votes.

President and CEO George Greanias had a positive report for the board, beginning with the announcement of safety awards. Listen: MP3  RealPlayer

"We have a number of long-time METRO employees who have met safety criteria on the job, who helped METRO accomplish safe operations during their tenure with us," Greanias said.

Greanias announced that former head of human resources Raul Luzzaraga has been named vice president of human resources. More

The meeting included another spirited exchange between Paul Magaziner of Corridors United, who asked questions regarding the Metro Solutions Mobility Plan. Listen:
MP3  RealPlayer

"Can METRO afford to build the five voter-approved alignments without voter elimination of the general mobility expense in the very near future?", he asked.

"There will be no request to eliminate the general mobility fund," Greanias answered.
 




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