Behind the Spat Between Mayor Woodfin, City Councilor Over $8 Million From Transit Authority

The Birmingham Times

The city of Birmingham could collect $8 million from the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), despite concerns from a city councilor and the organization’s CEO, who said the money “probably should never have been agreed to.”

In February 2018, Mayor Randall Woodfin and Barbara Murdock, who was then CEO of the BJCTA, signed a contract which laid out obligations for the new bus rapid transit (BRT) project and how the two entities would finance its construction, as well as handle maintenance, operations and related property exchanges.

In recent weeks, Birmingham City Councilor Darrell O’Quinn, head of the council’s Transportation Committee, has said part of the contract obligates the BJCTA to pay $8 million to the city.