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Money, Power and Transit

What began as a look into security issues within San Diego’s two transit agencies — the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District — has morphed into a full-scale investigation into the operations of just one.

Emails Show NCTD Changed Paperwork After Info Request

The North County Transit District paid $31,200 for a study on its leadership without seeking competitive bids, then changed paperwork and attempted to backdate a new contract after inewsource asked for the documentation.

3/27/14Read more

Tease photo: North County Transit District Sued To Release Records

North County Transit District Sued To Release Records

KPBS media partner inewsource has sued North County Transit District to compel the agency to release documents the investigative news reporting nonprofit considers public.

3/18/14Read more

Tease photo: "War On Women Over 40": Lawsuit Claims Age, Gender Bias At NCTD

"War On Women Over 40": Lawsuit Claims Age, Gender Bias At NCTD

A lawsuit recently filed by a former North County Transit District employee alleges age and gender-based discrimination within the agency, and points the finger at NCTD's chief executive officer, Matthew Tucker.

10/23/13Read more

Tease photo: Auditor Finds Major Deficiencies In NCTD's Contracts Department

Auditor Finds Major Deficiencies In NCTD's Contracts Department

A scathing audit of NCTD's Contracts Department finds deficiencies throughout 19 areas. An LA transportation board chair weighs in on the report.

6/11/13Read more

Oversight and Accountability

Tease photo: North County Rail And Bus Service Suffers Without Contract Oversight

North County Rail And Bus Service Suffers Without Contract Oversight

In its ongoing investigation of the North County Transit District, inewsource has found that decisions made at the top have had serious consequences on the ground.

5/2/13Read more

Transit Agency’s Revolving Door Costs Big, Causes Turmoil

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Twenty-one of the agency's top 25 positions have turned over since 2009 when Executive Director Matthew Tucker arrived. Some of the positions revolved as many as five times in three years.

5/2/13Read more

inewsource Responds To NCTD

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For the second time in less than a month, NCTD has sent inewsource and KPBS a letter demanding retractions. We have responded.

5/21/13Read more

SPRINTER shutdown

SPRINTER Funds Used For Buses — And Studies

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North County Transit District's Capital Improvement budgets show funding for the SPRINTER was set aside in 2012 -- and cut this year.

4/3/13Read more

SPRINTER Rail Service To Shut Down Due To Bad Brake Rotors

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North County Transit District's SPRINTER rail line, which runs between Escondido and Oceanside carrying 7,800 passengers a day, will be taken off the tracks to replace worn brake rotors.

3/8/13Read more

Security Breach

The KPBS and inewsource Investigations Desk looks into whether private security officers hired to patrol San Diego's trains and trolleys are trained to do the job.

Security Breach: Are You Safe On SD Trains and Trolleys?

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Private transit cops in San Diego say they’re unequipped to protect the public because the company and agencies in charge are doing the job on the cheap.

2/12/13Read more

MTS, NCTD Boards Meet After 'Security Breach' Transit Investigation

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The board of the Metropolitan Transit System gathered Thursday morning for more than three hours to discuss their monthly agenda items, including concerns over KPBS/inewsource's recent investigation into San Diego’s transit security.

2/21/13Read more

Chula Vista Train Station Shooting Friday Night Directed At Trolley Cops

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A security guard present at Friday night's shooting tells a different story than the one detailed in a Metropolitan Transit System memo to its board.

3/14/13Read more