By an in-house reckoning, the beleaguered Southern California Rapid Transit District earned mostly A's but received one F in the first month of a sweeping reform plan to reduce drug use, absenteeism and other problems, the agency said Thursday.
Issuing his first report card, RTD General Manager John Dyer gave the agency A's for reducing employee drug abuse, absenteeism, rider complaints and drivers' use of improper licenses.
But failure to reduce bus operation costs earned the district an F, Dyer said in a report to the RTD Board of Directors.
The board has given Dyer six months to make the dramatic improvements promised in his 14-point "performance action plan." As part of the plan, approved by the board last month, Dyer must deliver a monthly report card giving his assessment of progress to date.