Cutting out waste to fund paratransit services

(3/26/13) – IE Transit Talking Points Short

A contractor promising to trim down spending waste for OCTA’s paratransit service Access won a $156 million contract on Monday, March 25. MV Transportation focused on cutting out unnecessary costs such as excessive management expenses and keeping employee payrolls in check by curbing overtime. OCTA needs to ensure MV Transportation’s projections do not rely on spun data. However, an honest means of cutting unnecessary spending on paratransit service is most welcome. Transit agencies need to ensure that any wasteful spending patterns, especially within paratransit services, are dealt with immediately. 

OCTA reports that its Access paratransit riders pay a $3.60 one-way fare per trip, curb to curb. Between the state, local, and federal funding, taxpayers foot the remainder of the per-passenger cost, a whopping $43.75 per trip per person. Let’s see if MV Transportation can reduce this giant subsidy by honestly cutting the waste. Also, how many of OCTA’s 30,000 registered paratransit riders are mobile and would ride OCTA’s fixed route system if they simply knew how to or had a transit buddy? Transit ambassador program OCTA?