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GRTA makes budget request of $3.2M

Posted: May 11, 2018 4:16 PM Updated:

Appearing to present their budget proposal to the Guam Legislature was the Guam Regional Transit Authority. The agency is requesting $3,230,663 for Fiscal Year 2019. An estimated $400,000 less than last year's appropriation.

These are funds GRTA says could be taken from both the Public Transit Fund and Highway Fund and used for expenses such as fuel and operations.

Director Enrique San Agustin expressed the efforts already made by GRTA to cut costs, saying, "Although our transit service are Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 in the morning to 8:30 at night, six days a week. We do not incur overtime, we do not pay lease for our office space, we do not pay for utilities, we do not use Government of Guam funds for off island travel, and we do not celebrate our annual agency week, a normal practice amongst other Government of Guam agencies, and finally, we do our own janitorial cleaning in-house. GRTA is a lien organization and that will stay that way and we will stay within our budget."

However, GRTA's current budget proposal is not enough to cover bus operations which totals upwards of $3 million.

The difference, officials say, will be made up through federal funding and funds raised through bus fares.

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