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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce w/photo courtesy METRO
Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today voted unanimously to authorize Board Chair Carrin Patman to negotiate and execute a contract with President and CEO Tom Lambert to continue in his position at METRO, as discussed in closed session.

“We're delighted to have the opportunity to negotiate another contract with Tom Lambert,” Patman said. “I think he's universally regarded as a superb CEO of the agency and he has wonderful relationships with the community.” Listen (1:25)

The board voted to amend the non-union pension plan providing for employee and non-employee committee members, ratifying all prior appointments to the committee and appointing Heidi Davis as a member of the Non-Union Pension Plan Committee.

The board voted to ratify the emergency procurement of fuel from Rockport, Inc. during the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

The board voted to amend METRO's HOT Lane Toll policy.

All action items were approved as presented. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda

During the meeting, Executive Vice President of Operations, Public Safety and Customer Service Tim Kelly provided an update on Hurricane Harvey damage and recovery efforts. Listen (12:45)

Kelly noted that initial estimates of damage costs were $17 million.

“As we've continue damage assessment and gotten more specific costs, those numbers are going down a little bit,” Kelly said. “Our total exposure with contingencies today is $14.9 million.”

METRO had two buses that were total loses, with 18 having some form of damage. The buses with some damage have since been repaired. All of the buses damaged were in operation at the time.

Kelly also discussed support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The bottom line here is we expect to get about $7.5 million FEMA recovery, again as estimated based on the program we know today,” he said.

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