473.392 Service bidding.
The council may competitively bid transit service only in accordance with standards, procedures, and guidelines adopted by resolution of the council. The council shall establish a project management team to assist and advise the council in developing and implementing standards, procedures, and guidelines. The project management team must include representatives of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, private operators, local governments, and other persons interested in the subject. At least 60 days before adopting any standards, procedures, or guidelines for competitive bidding of transit service, the council shall hold a public hearing on the subject. The council shall publish notice of the hearing in newspapers of general circulation in the metropolitan area not less than 15 days before the hearing. At the hearing all interested persons must be afforded an opportunity to present their views orally and in writing. Following the hearing, and after considering the testimony, the council shall revise and adopt the standards, procedures, and guidelines.