Alamo RMA to trim staff

Reduced workload dictates move

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter,
Published On: Jan 22 2013 05:14:10 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 05:44:22 PM CST

The interim board chairman of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has announced that the tolling agency’s staff will be reduced effective March 2.

“Kind of an upside-down world when you get rewarded with terminating your job when you do such a good job,” said Robert Thompson, the authority’s interim board chairman.

“We’ve worked our way through ... three big projects and our workload in the next year or two is significantly less than it has been,” Thompson said.

He added that they are downsizing, but not going away.

“As new workloads come -- that is to say, a toll road or some other activities that we might be working with TxDOT on -- until those funds are available, we will have to reduce our staff,” he said.

The remaining staff will continue working on environmental studies, Thompson said.

“Those environmental impact statements that are coming in under budget. They’re coming in a year or so ahead of schedule and that speaks well of their expertise and commitment,” Thompson said, referring to what the authority has accomplished.