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It is really dissapointing that the reporter did not bother to do a relative comparison to other transit agencies and how much they spend on travel to foreign and domestic places. I am not denying that public agencies could improve upon public accountability and efficiency. However stating things just in isolation is quite inflammatory and does not really give an accurate picture of the whole situation. While such foreign trips and other misc expenses could be curtailed it for cost-savings, it would surely not add up to filling the huge capital and operating shortfall AC faces which in the past has spurred on the service cuts. The reporter should have stated the huge $ shortfalls and the total $ figures used for travel to give a proper comparison of whether or not the AC's travel could prevent AC from raising fares.
In reference to the previous comment above having worked in the private sector and for profit sector it is disgusting how much is spent on first class tickets and hotel expenses even when a company is not performing well. The idea that somehow being for profit makes you automatically more efficient has been disproven time and time again, just check out the market right now and think about how few ceos are facing salary cuts despite the market being in a toilet, I bet they are laying the low paid staff but I am sure the mgmt at many of these i banking firms are still flying first class and expenses everything to the company/client.
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