County Blames Bus Company for Problems

According to Rockland’s Public Transportation Commissioner Douglas Schuetz, Brega Transport Corp. is at fault for several complaints brought against them, such as incomplete records, lost fares, missed trips, and limited maintenance. Schuetz stated in an outline of the issues that Brega has been responsible for 833 missed trips since June, as well as putting buses that are not properly equipped on the road, as witnessed by a Department of Transportation inspector in July when the company allegedly allowed three buses with bald tires continue their routes. Schuetz stated that to solce the problem of missed trips the county could charge the company $500 for each one, which would also help with lost fares. On Tuesday the Legislature was set to vote on whether or not to override County Executive Ed Day’s veto of a decision to pay $300,000 to Brega to wash the bus fleet daily, after February bus fire led to the proposal. However, the item was removed from the itinerary before the meeting began. Schuetz stated that the company did not provide the county with a report of the incident. The state DOT recently released a review of the fire, faulting the driver and dispatcher who were in charge of the bus at the time. Burton Dorfman, Brega’s legal representation, stated that the company was not at fault and was not required by the county to issue a report, though they are willing to cooperate with county officials.

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