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.
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.
KPBS media partner inewsource has sued North County Transit District to compel the agency to release documents the investigative news reporting nonprofit considers public.
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.
A scathing audit of NCTD's Contracts Department finds deficiencies throughout 19 areas. An LA transportation board chair weighs in on the report.
Oversight and Accountability
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.