Participation Agreement between DOT and TBARTA listen09/25/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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The board of the regionâ€™s transportation authority met in a teleconference today. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) approved a joint participation agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) which allows TBARTAâ€™s remaining funds to be spent.
â€œIt is our contract with the DOT for the use and expenditure of the $2 million that the Legislature had provided us. Our contract â€“ they go on the DOT fiscal years â€“ so our first contract had expired in June and weâ€™ve been covered over this period but we needed to enact a new contract.â€
The board passed the resolution to sign the contract, which will make TBARTAâ€™s funding available from the Florida DOT â€œon a reimbursement basis,â€ according to Clifford.
â€œTo date weâ€™ve expended, out of that 2 million [dollars], $300,000, so the contract is for the remainder of that amount. Itâ€™s $1.687 million dollars. So thatâ€™s what we need to do â€“ is the [Florida DOT] requires us, via resolution, to accept contract.â€
Following the board meeting, the TBARTA board executive committee convened a strategy session to plan long-term priorities and actions. Clifford outlined four themes to clarify TBARTAâ€™s goals and role in the region.
Clifford says who will operate the regionâ€™s transit systems and funding are also things TBARTA must consider for the future.
â€œ[One TBARTA theme is the] issue of being an operator or implementer of facilities or systems within the region.â€
The next TBARTA board meeting will be on Friday October 23rd at 9:30 am at the Florida DOT offices on north McKinley Drive in Tampa. One topic will be how the agency will spend its remaining funds.