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Board of Directors continue to bicker with CEO, Gregg Cook, at AATA. The Ann Arbor News reports that the turmoil revolves around on-time service and cutting costs. With two Board members stepping down, Ted Annis leads the charge against inefficiency and, perhaps, against Cook as CEO. Annis attacks Cook’s performance on a number of issues, focusing on on-time service and excessive spending on travel and staff salaries. Cook refutes the accusations with recent study results.
This is happening in the context of consideration of county-wide service and rising fuel costs. As Eli Cooper points out, ““If we are inefficient at a city level, imagine what would happen at the county level. I want to be rock solid that we are as efficient as we can be.’‘ Yet budget cuts have dominated the discussion at the expense of implementing a strategic plan to improve both service and ridership. Is the board doing the public (87% of AATA riders are satisfied with service) a favor by trimming the fat on a sacred cow? Or are they sacrificing vision for penny-pinching?
Perhaps the Mayor’s two new appointees, Nancy Shore and Charles Griffith, can shift the Board’s focus back to envisioning the future of AATA.
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