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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy METRO
Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors today voted unanimously to amend METRO's existing agreement with Harris County to extend METRO's Park & Ride service in Baytown, Texas for a period of 12 months to allow for continuous operation.

The service is to be continued at a new annual rate totaling $81,768 for a term ending March 31, 2019.

The board voted unanimously to execute a one-year option contract with Wells Fargo & Co. for banking services.

The board voted unanimously to approve a sole source contract with Bluvision, Inc. for the purchase of Bluetooth beacons and support.

Board Member Lisa Gonzales Castaneda noted that the beacons will be used as part of a project to assist customers reach their destinations. Listen (1:14)

The board voted unanimously to approve a contract with Gainsborough Waste for collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste at METRO facilities.

The board voted authorize the re-allocation of $1.28 million from the fleet copier project to the HOT Lanes Project for the purchase and installation of signage.

The board voted unanimously to approve an updated agreement with the Regional Transportation Management and Emergency Management Consortium for the operation and maintenance of Houston TranStar.

The consortium is comprised of the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Houston, Harris County, and METRO.

The board took no action regarding authorization to prepare and submit a last and best offer to the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO and its Local 260, and to enter into a settlement agreement regarding a new labor agreement with the union. The item was pulled from the agenda following an executive session discussion.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Board Members Cindy Siegel and Don Elder were absent. Agenda

During the meeting, the board heard a presentation from Alan Clark, Manager of the Transportation and Air Quality programs at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, regarding the efforts and activities of the High Capacity Transit Task Force.

Clark discussed the needs and challenges to provide transit in the growing Houston area region.

“We can't succeed, we can't maintain the quality of life our residents expect without new transportation solutions,” Clark said, stating that there is a high demand for quality transit services. “I don't think this comes as a surprise.” Listen (17:33)

Board members then asked questions and issued comments regarding the issues. Listen (17:43)

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