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A Federal Transportation Administration audit of Omnitrans turned up 19 deficiencies in its SBX Rapid Transit bus project.

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/12/13, 10:01 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Omnitrans is expected to provide the Federal Transit Administration a report by Sunday detailing how the agency is going to correct a number of deficiencies it was cited for in an April audit, officials said Monday.

The audit found that San Benardino Valley’s public busing service violated 22 federal guidelines, with 19 deficiencies cited by the FTA dealing with awarding contracts in for its sbX Rapid Transit Bus line.

Those contracts, and how they were awarded and managed, were in violation of federal guidelines for procuring grant money for major transportation projects, according to the 162-page audit, called a procurement system review.

The $191 million project to build the sbX line is being constructed between north San Bernardino and Loma Linda, with service expected to begin early next year.

Local leaders have touted the line as having the potential to be an economic boon for the region.

Omnitrans’ Administrative and Finance Committee met on Monday to review the deficiencies and discuss what measures have been put in place to meet all FTA standards.

The staff report included the FTA’s observations and recommendations, as well as Omnitran’s plan of action, along with completion dates.

Omnitrans’ efforts to correct deficiencies include training staff on contract administration requirements and obtaining adequate completion for small purchases.

Officials said they will request an extension to fix one of the issues, however as for the other issues the report will reflect how they met the FTA’s requirement by training employees.

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