Fairbanks labor contract getting second look

A labor contract with the Fairbanks North Star Borough is getting a second look as members of the assembly fret it will cost too much.

The borough wants to wait on the results of a privatization study of the paratransit bus service, VanTran.

VanTran has long been a point of contention because of its high costs. It serves elderly riders and people with disabilities and costs the borough about $70 per ride.

The contracts will go into effect July 1. The reconsideration of the transit contract is scheduled for June.

Borough presiding officer Diane Hutchison says she would like to see the results of the privitization study before approving a three-year contract that could potentially hinder some cost-cutting measures.