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12/19/2019



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Santa Clara VTA accepts audit's recommendations


The VTA board is responsible for light-rail planning in Santa Clara County, California.
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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) board yesterday released the results of an independent evaluation of its governance practices that provides 27 recommendations to help improve the board’s decision-making processes for transportation project planning.

Consulting firm RSM US LLP evaluated the California transit agency's board over the past five months, VTA officials said in a press release.

The firm recommended the authority create a strategic plan to identify VTA's priorities and set tactics to implement them; create an innovation committee to encourage broader innovation across the system; and enhance its financial monitoring through quarterly reviews of the budget and actual results.

Broadly, the firm’s other recommendations fell into three categories, including increased strategic thinking and focus; initiatives to improve the engagement, participation and value of board members; and a revised committee structure and meeting management process.

The Ad Hoc Board Enhancement Committee and VTA Board will develop a timeline to consider the recommendations and any future actions.

The VTA board is responsible for light-rail, bus, highway, bike and pedestrian, congestion management and countywide transportation planning in Santa Clara County, California.



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