"I served my three years [on the RTA board] in the way that I know how," he told Scene by phone. "I tried to shake up the status quo and challenge the way we were operating. The county's choice seems to be a return to the status quo. I think they just don't understand how important this transit agency is to the region economically."
During Elkins’ three years with RTA, he helped delay a proposed fare hike, questioned outsourcing, and vainly pushed for a local sales tax hike. He also helped work out the departure last March of long-time President George Dixon III amid allegations of taking undeserved RTA heathcare benefits and the phasing out of former General Manager Joe Calabrese, now a senior advisor due to leave in 2020.
"And this is why," Elkins told Scene, referencing the RTA's funding crisis. "We have foundational economic infrastructure going ignored in this county. When we start using taxpayer dollars to pay for the shiny stuff, it makes it that much harder to go back to the voters to pay for basic economic necessities."