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Trailblazer Transit board looks at finances, software update

The joint powers that consisted of two commissioners from McLeod, Sibley and Wright counties, as well as a duo of representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), convened Thursday, Aug. 30, to discuss a bevy of diverse agenda items.
Executive Director Gary Ludwig presented the joint powers board with his administrative report, in which he emphasized the most important issue facing Trailblazer Transit: software updates. Like many governmental bodies, their software is outdated. For Trailblazer, outdated software means it can’t meet the current volume of dispatching needs.
The software is called REVEAL, and Ludwig didn’t spare praise for “the best software” he’s ever seen. He continued, “And I’ve seen a lot of software.” The new computer program would be a more efficient method for dispatching transit routes.
Financial housekeeping
In the portion of the meeting allotted for financial updates, Ludwig reviewed the reserve account balance, discussed local share billing adjustments and proposed a reserve account for non-MnDOT expenses.
The reserve account balance for Trailblazer Transit is at just over $200,000, and it also has $10,850.05 in an account titled “Unrestricted Building Improvement and Maintenance Reserve Account” designated for non-MnDOT expenses. The reserve account with $200,000 is specifically meant for operating expenses and is considered excess operating revenue for the end of 2017. The unrestricted account provides the board with a lot more freedom; the joint powers like to have it as a safety net so it doesn’t have to go through a procurement process in case of emergency.

Read the full story in the Sept. 5 edition of The Chronicle.