April 19, 2024
An entrance to state Route 125 close to the border. Courtesy, SANDAG

The SANDAG board of administrators on Friday unanimously authorized suggestions in an investigation of the state Route 125 tolling system by the regional company’s unbiased auditor.

But the board additionally referred to as for additional investigation by the auditor to find out whether or not the authorized and government groups and particular person board members serving the San Diego Affiliation of Governments have been made conscious of issues in regards to the South Bay system earlier than the board.

The Workplace of Impartial Efficiency Auditor’s investigative report, SANDAG and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas mentioned, highlights “blatant errors and a dysfunctional system that shortchanges commuters and all who use our roads. San Diegans deserve higher.”

The board unanimously authorized accepting implementation of 10 suggestions recognized within the SR-125 Toll Operations Investigation Report, together with ongoing efforts to substantiate that buyer accounts are correct.

The board additionally plans to validate with administration that no related points recognized within the SR-125 contract course of will probably be repeated in future contracts and develop a coverage for well timed reporting on all multi-million greenback initiatives.

Vargas mentioned she needs the board “to as soon as and for all make the systemic modifications that can restore the general public’s religion,” whereas “institutional(izing) better oversight, accountability and transparency at SANDAG.”

She additionally referred to as for an ethics and compliance workplace and a strengthened whistleblower program at SANDAG. The board will proceed to handle the SR-125 challenge at its subsequent assembly.

In a November wrongful termination lawsuit, a fired SANDAG government alleged that she was let go as a result of she refused to go together with the need of company leaders to maintain buyer account issues within the tolling system from the general public.

In January, the board sought to handle tolling system deficiencies by approving implementation of a brand new back-office system. In addition they entered right into a contract with Deloitte and A-to-Be to exchange the present tolling system, referred to as ETAN, by the top of the yr.

Extra commitments from the motion plan embody conducting common vendor and inner assessments, implementing a top quality assurance and high quality management plan and making inner coverage modifications, amongst them requiring common and proactive reporting to SANDAG’s board.