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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
by Jim Guidry
Monday, August 29, 2011

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors today voted 6-0-2, with Carrin Patman and Burt Ballanfant abstaining, to approve a three year contract with two one year options with Motiva Enterprises, LLC for diesel fuel for METRO vehicles for a not-to-exceed amount of $148,990,000 for the first three years.

METRO Vice Chair Allen Watson made the motion to approve the contract.
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“To increase the buying power opportunities METRO entered into a partnership with the City of Houston to purchase materials and services,” Watson said. 

“This will save us about $390,000 over five years,” METRO President George Greanias said, noting that the agreement with the City of Houston was signed just two months ago.  “And when you look at this, combined with our fuel hedging process, gives us not only stability with our budgets, but by and large, it saves us a little bit of money.”

“You may recall that we entered that joint purchasing (agreement) and I think we are looking for other city agencies to be a part of that,” added  METRO Chair Gilbert Garcia.

The board voted 7-0-1, with Patman abstaining, to approve a three year contract with two one year options with Conoco Phillips for unleaded gasoline for METRO vehicles for a not-to-exceed amount of $3,420,500 for the first three years.

Watson said the gasoline purchase agreement will save taxpayers $315,000 over the five year period.

“Together, these two items will save taxpayers $705,000 over five years,” Watson added.

All other agenda items were approved with 8-0 votes.  Cristof Spieler was present at the beginning of the meeting, but had to leave before the action items.




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