Two officials of the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority recently met with executives of the Foothill Transit in West Covina, Calif., in order to learn and get ideas on how to set up a public transportation system in the CNMI.
Thomas J. Camacho, the special assistant for public transportation and chairman of the Commonwealth Public Transportation Advisory Board, and Alfreda P. Camacho, COTA’s Acquisition and Oversight Management coordinator, were also given an onsite inspection of Foothill Transit’s facilities.
The FTA Regional Office in San Francisco had recommended that COTA contact Foothill Transit to learn about their transit operations and maintenance system. Roland Cordero, Foothill Transit’s director of Maintenance & Vehicle Technology, approved Thomas J. Camacho’s request for technical assistance after a meeting in San Francisco last month.
At the Aug. 29, 2013, meeting, COTA met with eight Foothill Transit executives, directors, and manager who each made brief presentations to COTA. Later that same day, both COTA officials made onsite visits and toured the Foothill Transit Arcadia and Pomona Maintenance and Operations facilities.
Thomas J. Camacho said that he and Alfreda P. Camacho were very impressed and pleased with the presentations as well as the onsite visit.
“Our expectation of the visit was highly met and really learned so many aspects of operating and maintaining a transit system,” said Thomas J. Camacho.
Kevin McDonald, Foothill Transit deputy executive director, later assured Thomas J. Camacho in an email that “we all are very much willing to assist you in any way as you launch your new transit system. It was a pleasure meeting you both yesterday. I can imagine the excitement you must feel as you embark on such a challenging adventure.”
In addition to the Foothill Transit onsite meeting and technical assistance, COTA was also provided several documents that will be used as reference point guides when COTA plans its new administrative building, the conversion of an existing warehouse to vehicle/bus maintenance, repair and storage facility, RFPs and IFBs scope of works and specifications and contracts.
Thomas J. Camacho and Alfreda P. Camacho had just come from a two-day Procurement System Review Workshop hosted by the Federal Transit Administration in Salt Lake City, Utah, prior to their visit to Foothill Transit. (Office of the Governor)