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The initial meeting of the City Council’s Transportation Oversight Committee has set in motion the continued audit of River Valley Transit as the system moves closer to becoming under an authority or oversight board.

The committee issued a positive recommendation authorizing River Valley Transit, the regional bus service, to enter into an audit services agreement for up to $37,000 with RKL, an audit firm that started the audit of River Valley Transit for 2019 and 2020.

It will be for RKL to perform the 2020-21 audit to not exceed that figure, according to Adam Winder, managing director of River Valley Transit.

Board Chairman Adam Yoder asked if River Valley Transit would turn over oversight of financial matters to its own comptroller, which he was told.

Currently, financial matters are handled by a Chief Financial Officer for the Transit Department, 1500 W. Third St.

The committee further recommended that River Valley Transit adopt what is called a “System Performance Review”, which it does in conjunction with the assistance of the State Department of Transportation.

The review includes information such as routes, route updates (e.g. new Geisinger Medical Center facility in Pennsdale), introduction of a strategic planner, overview of local matching money , areas where fleet maintenance can be done in-house to save costs and other improvements in operation, Winder explained.

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Melvin Z. Madore