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Funding agreement for the BJCTA approved by Birmingham City Council

PRESS RELEASE                                                         Tuesday November 20, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL –On Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council voted to execute a funding agreement with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) for $2.5 million, marking the first quarterly installment to be paid to the organization.

Earlier this year, Mayor Randall Woodfin stated that the $10 million allocated in the FY 2019 budget for the BJCTA would be split into quarterly payments in order to hold the organization accountable and demand leadership stability as well as board training for its members.

While the funding was approved, several councilors had questions for BJCTA Interim Director Christopher Ruffin, who was in attendance.

Councilor Wardine Alexander, along with other members of the council, expressed concern over the revolving door of leadership at the BJCTA and wanted to make sure the residents are getting the service they deserve.

“I do want to say I support the funds for the transit authority because it’s our constituents that use this service,” Alexander said. “We must have a solid transportation system here. We are responsible as a council for most of the boards that operate here so the buck stops with us. That’s something I would like to see us work together on, to make sure board members have proper training they need in order to work effectively and ensure they are capable of doing their jobs on behalf of the citizens.”

This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information.For media inquiries please contact the Interim Director of Public Information, Chiara Perry at 205.254.2294.