St. Petersburg, Fla. –Rigorous compliance reviews of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have been completed showing the agency to be a successful manager of federal transportation funds.
FTA released its draft report of PSTA Thursday which showed accordance in hundreds of specific areas from financial management to Title VI. The only finding, in procurement documentation, was corrected prior to the audit and will be marked as closed in the final report.
The Triennial Review is required by law for any transit agency receiving grants from the federal government. Each year, PSTA relies on nearly $14,000,000 of those funds. Most recently, PSTA used federal grants to purchase 13 brand new Gillig 40-foot hybrid-electric buses, set to arrive later this month.
“Our community expects nothing less out of its public services,” said City of Clearwater Councilman and PSTA Board Chair Bill Jonson. “But it’s great to know that we are consistently demonstrating good stewardship as recognized through this review.”
Three years ago, in 2012, PSTA received a perfect score without any findings.
During the multi-day review, PSTA was recognized by FTA officials for having outstanding compliance of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations. PSTA’s EEO demographics report was determined to be a model report for other transit agencies, and its Major Capital Projects reports will also be circulated in the transit industry as “best practice.”
The Triennial Review is one of FTA’s most in-depth management tools for examining compliance with federal requirements. Some of the review areas are: financial management and financial capacity, Title VI, public comment on fare and service changes, half fare, school bus, security and drug-free workplace/drug and alcohol program.
PSTA’s next triennial review will be in 2018.