By Amanda Dedicatoria
The Infrastructure and Transportation subcommittee has recommended that the Guam Regional Transit Authority issue a request for proposal for public transit services to correct the questionable arrangement with its current vendor.
This recommendation, contained in the 2018 Transition Report, was made to address the flaws of GRTA’s sole-source agreement with a vendor that led to overcharges and overbillings flagged by the Office of Public Accountability in its February 2018 audit.
OPA found that GRTA’s daily manifests did not have sufficient information to justify billed hours for fixed route services. As a result, $23,246 were overbilled for paratransit services.
GRTA was also charged almost $350,000 for contractor-provided equipment for fixed route and paratransit services.
In its 2018 report, OPA recommended that GRTA work with the Attorney General’s office to formalize a contract with GRTA’s vendor. However, the Infrastructure and Transportation Subcommittee viewed it as a way legitimize an illegitimate procurement process and award. It recommended that GRTA solicit new proposals instead to “start off on a clean slate.”
The subcommittee also recommended that GRTA seek legal guidance from the attorney general regarding the overcharged and overbilled amounts identified in the audit, and consult the Federal Transportation Administration on the matter.
GRTA is the island’s only public transportation agency and its mission is to provide reliable and accessible transportation to the public and individuals with disabilities.