Portsmouth says transit agency owes it $2.5M

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Portsmouth officials say the city has overpaid at least $2.5 million to the Hampton Roads Transit Authority for two bus routes.

The city wants the money back.

Portsmouth interim planning director Fred Brusso tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/139pik6 ) that city officials discovered the overpayments during a review of the city’s annual transit service plan.

He estimates that the city has overpaid at least a half million dollars for each of the routes to Norfolk and Chesapeake for each of the past five years.

Transit Authority president and CEO William E. Harrell says the authority doesn’t have a reserve fund that it could use to repay the city. He and Russo say the city likely would receive credit for future services.