The following transcript is from one of three video files on the BART Web site, from the November 18, 2010 meeting. This segment begins at time point 1:14:30, during a public comment period.
BART Director James Fang: Our next item…we have a couple of people here speaking this morning. The first is Steve Grover, bike locker procurement contract.
BART Director Lynette Sweet (at 1:23:18): I think I’ll address the bicycle gentleman first, because I was real curious. He brought up some very interesting contractual issues that do deserve some kind of comment, and my hope is we heard what he said. Would it be possible for you guys, I’m sorry, would it be possible for the General Manager to provide some kind of feedback on what he spoke about, because it sounded as if, and if he was reading it correctly, it sounded as if we were actually buying out his business, and that’s not what we were looking for in this.
BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger: I’d be happy to provide the Board some feedback. This has been a particularly complex procurement, so rather than do it ad hoc, if I could respond to the board offline.
Director Sweet: Well are there other bidders on this contract that are also experiencing the same type of, I don’t know, just confusion over what we’re looking for?
GM Dugger (speaking to someone off-camera): Do you know who the bidders were?
Director Fang: Well if I might jump in just briefly, Director Sweet, we’ve got to be very careful when we have these kind of situations. I totally empathize with that gentleman about the complexity of the BART contracts. Clearly, that’s something we’ve talked about with multimillion-dollar contracts, a lot of the ones that are just getting disqualified because they didn’t fill out the right paperwork. But I’m a little bit hesitant from a BART perspective to have one gentleman come and say, here’s a problem, here’s my problem, the way the contract is being set up is really not good. I’m hesitant to jump in and say, very compelling argument.
Director Sweet: I just want to know.
GM Dugger: I’d be happy to give the Board feedback, but would prefer to do so outside of this meeting.
Director Fang: Excellent.