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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
News Release
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The new METRO and the city of Houston signed off on a first-of-a-kind inter-local purchasing agreement that will reduce costs for the two entities. 

This partnering approach allows the city and METRO to buy or contract for services jointly, resulting in lower pricing, standardizing commonly-used items and allowing both to benefit from more favorable terms and conditions.   

“In these tough economic times, we have to be more creative and efficient in spending taxpayer dollars,” said METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia. 

Contracting opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Law Enforcement accessories (body armor, ammunition, rain gear, etc.)
  • Auctioneering services
  • Gasoline and diesel fuel
  • Fuel delivery
  • Office supplies
  • Police vehicles
  • Non-revenue vehicles
  • Desktops computers and laptops
  • Maintenance, repair and operational items

“One of METRO’s priorities is strategic partnering. This agreement is not only a win for METRO, it’s a win for the city and most importantly, it’s a win for the taxpayers,” said METRO President & CEO George Greanias.

METRO looks forward to entering similar agreements with Harris County, the Houston Independent School District and Houston Community College.

This collaborative effort reinforces METRO’s commitment to being a good steward of taxpayer money.



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