Continuing ill-advised privatization of government threatens M’s fans
If you’re one of the many, many people who use the highly-successful Metro shuttles to or from M’s games, you should be aware that your federal government is about to screw you.
People who normally use Metro Transitâ€™s special service to get to ball games, community festivals, and other special events should be aware that new Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rules could significantly restrict Metroâ€™s ability to provide this service.
The rule change does not affect regular Metro bus service. The intent of the new federal regulations is to open up special event service to private charter companies.
Okay, well, theoretically, that doesn’t sound so bad. How would it work?
If Metro service for an event falls under the new definition of charter service, the agency must first contact private charter firms registered with the FTA to see if any are interested in providing the service. If any firms indicate they are interested, Metro will be precluded from providing the service and the private operators will be given the opportunity to negotiate with the event sponsor for the transportation service.
Holy crap that’s awful. So if you somehow manage to get registered with the FTA (and you know that’s going to be rigorous) all you have to do is say “yeah, I’m interested” and Metro’s shuttles are sunk. It’s you, your school bus purchased at auction, and the M’s.
Heckuva job there, James Simpson, though I’m sure you’ve been assigned some kind of denigrating nickname.
Or try our state legislature.