J.E. 
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Re: “Free Ride?

I am not really sure where the Boise Weekly was trying to go with your article regarding ValleyRide and Valley Regional Transit (VRT). It started out as a report that was going to bash the performance of VRT but then the stance softened half way through. The story then lost all credibility when a quote from Grant Jones was used. Jones was let go from ValleyRide three or four years ago and no longer works in the transportation industry or community planning for that matter. There are far more educated and experienced sources out there that understand community and transportation planning, COMPASS would have been a good place to start. It would have been more productive if the theme of your story followed the issue of lack of funding for the transportation system and the fact that VRT was doing it’s best to provide a service with very little fiscal support. The quotes from the Mayor and Councilman Tibbs expressed exactly that. The Boise Weekly missed an opportunity to educate the community about the fact funding for operating the transit system will go away in the very near future. This has nothing to do with poor accounting and/or reporting practices. It has everything to do with the growth in the Treasure Valley and that growth should be able to support its own transit system and the federal government should not be relied on for the support. One thing the community needs to realize is that VRT is one of the newest, if not the newest, public agency in the state. Any agency who receives federal, state and local funding must endure a great deal of scrutiny as VRT has over the past couple of years. The audits that VRT has gone through has helped VRT staff to improve their accounting and reporting practices. As in any new venture, private or public, there is a tremendous learning curve.

Posted by Jarred on 06/06/2006 at 10:24 AM

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