The Comet Board of Administrators votes to re-bid service contract

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The Central Midlands Transit (Comet) Board of Administrators have voted to re-bid the mounted route and paratransit program contract, at the moment held by Transdev Providers Inc. who oversee using drivers, performing upkeep of the buses and different associated companies corresponding to paratransit, security, landscaping, bus cease upkeep, thriller driving and IT, that are offered by a sequence of native minority and ladies owned companies.

The contract was initially awarded in February of 2015 to assist The Comet ramp up its companies to the Midlands after receiving further sources from the Richland County transportation penny tax. Initially a five-year contract, it allowed for 5 one-year extensions earlier than it might be re-bid.

Over the past 5 years, the present service supplier, Transdev, has labored with The Comet to extend companies by 63 p.c, enhance the variety of passengers by 35 p.c and have added 350 stops within the Midlands together with extra benches and shelters for riders.

The Comet Board of Administrators appreciates Transdev’s contributions to the progress that has been made. The tip of the five-year contract is right here and each The Comet and Transdev have agreed it’s in the very best curiosity of each events to place it up for bid. Each events imagine new Request for Proposal (RFP) might be developed to supply each better effectivity and worth to the residents of the Midlands whereas being more practical and price environment friendly for each The Comet and the contractor.

“Transdev has been a terrific associate to work with over the previous 5 years,” mentioned Chairman Ron Anderson. “Their experience and help have helped advance public transportation within the Midlands and we actually hope and anticipate Transdev will be one of many corporations that bid on the brand new contract.”

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Anderson has appointed a five-member committee of the board to work with John Andoh, government director and CEO, and others to organize the RFP.

The Comet’s purpose is to have the RFP launched by November 2019, have responses returned by December 2019 and to efficiently determine a brand new contractor by February 2020.

“The Comet Board is happy in regards to the advances The Comet is making throughout the area,” added Anderson. “We’re trying ahead to taking the following step in persevering with to make mobility extra accessible and handy for everybody within the Midlands.”

 

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