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Audit Audit Of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority

This audit of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority examines the maintenance of its fleet vehicles, the use of non-revenue-producing vehicles, and reporting of financial information. The audit examined the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

Binder organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: July 31, 2018

Executive Summary

In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. In this performance audit, we assessed certain aspects of MVRTA’s preventive maintenance activities related to its fleet of vehicles, including equipment and vehicles for transporting passengers with disabilities under the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. We also examined MVRTA’s use of its non-revenue-producing vehicles, as well as its compliance with the General Laws regarding providing its financial records to the Secretary of Administration and Finance for public disclosure.

Below is a summary of our findings and recommendations, with links to each page listed.

Finding 1
 

MVRTA did not submit required financial information to the Commonwealth to be made available to the public on a searchable website.

Recommendations
 

  1. MVRTA should develop formal policies and procedures for submitting this required information to the Executive Office for Administration and Finance.
  2. MVRTA should establish monitoring controls to ensure that the staff members assigned to this task adhere to these policies and procedures.

Finding 2

 

MVRTA did not properly document the use of its non-revenue-producing vehicles by its employees.

Recommendation
 

MVRTA should establish monitoring controls to ensure that the policies and procedures it has established for the use of its non-revenue-producing vehicles are properly adhered to.

A PDF copy of the audit of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority is available here.

List of Abbreviations

EOAF

Executive Office for Administration and Finance

FTA

Federal Transit Administration

MassDOT

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

MBTA

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

MVRTA

Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority

RTA

regional transit authority

RTAI

Ron Turley Associates, Inc.

RTD

Rail and Transit Division

Contact

Phone

Fax

(617) 727-3014

Address

Massachusetts State House
Room 230
Boston, MA 02133

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