- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - About $2.3 million in federal funds designated to improve Guam’s struggling bus system has gone unspent.

The Pacific Daily News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1kzypBS ) that transportation officials say bid specifications for buying new buses, satellite tracking and other conveniences are only now being finalized, though funding has been available for years.

Funds to buy buses have been available since 2009, and funds for the center for mass-transit riders have been available since 2011.

Mass Transit Executive Manager Rudy Cabana says the territory might open bidding next month for contractors for the new buses. He says the bids were delayed because details needed to be worked out, including changes to adapt the buses to Guam’s corrosive environment.


Cabana says specifications on the transportation center are still being finalized.

Gov. Eddie Calvo has proposed consolidating mass transit and school buses to provide better service. Members of his administration have been meeting with lawmakers to create a pilot program to test the routes.

Cabana says the system’s problems mean he sometimes calls employers on behalf of riders to confirm travel complications if buses are late or break down.

The territory is planning to add 50 new buses but only has 11 now.

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Information from: Pacific Daily News: http://www.guampdn.com