The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) serves the mobility needs of the third largest county in California, providing services including paratransit service, local and express, commuter bus, van pool, street car, and rail feeder. OCTA partnered with MV to operate the ACCESS paratransit system, an ADA service providing curb-to-curb shared ride, subscription, and same day taxi service.
MV assumed responsibility for the management, call center and direct subcontracting activities supporting 1.4 million trips per year. After hiring over 100 new drivers and staff, MV implemented best practices, technology upgrades and a rigorous training program. MV deployed fully-integrated service monitoring and reporting that encompassed both MV-operated and non-dedicated taxi providers, greatly improving the ability to manage trips, reassign routes, assign overflow work, and provide real-time trip information on all vehicles providing ACCESS services.
With MV’s deployment, ACCESS experienced immediate operational savings and improved reliability and safety performance – including a 17% decrease in overall accidents and on-time performance improvement from 93.9 to 95.8 during the first year of service. The technology upgrades improved MV’s ability to monitor and manage service delivery and greatly enhanced customer experience by allowing online bookings, cancellations, and confirmations at any time of the day.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates bus, subway and elevated rail line, commuter and light rail line, and electric trolleybus services to nearly 4 million people in and around Philadelphia. SEPTA first partnered with MV in 2001 to provide paratransit services with responsibility for overall system management, maintenance, and safety.
MV has developed a distinguished track record of strong performance and willingness to make targeted investments that improve operations and service. Today, MV provides more than 2,400 daily trips to metropolitan Philadelphia and five surrounding counties and is the top-ranked city paratransit carrier, exceeding on-time performance goals and receiving the highest number of passenger commendations per quarter.
In 2012, MV began operating the LIFT paratransit service for Sun Metro, the transportation agency serving the El Paso, Texas area. LIFT (Living Independently Facilitated by Transportation) is an ADA demand-responsive service available to persons with disabilities who are unable to access fixed route transportation. MV provides curb-to-curb service in most cases, with door-to-door service offered to qualifying patrons. Service operates within El Paso city limits, accommodating trip origins and destinations within 1.5 miles of Sun Metro’s fixed routes. MV operates and maintains a fleet of 74 CNG and diesel vans for this service. MV also subcontracts trips to local taxi companies as needed.
When MV assumed operations, the service was experiencing on-time performance issues, safety challenges, customer service complaints, and excessive road calls. MV worked with the City of El Paso to identify root causes and create a plan for improvement. Over the two years that followed, MV’s team was able to realize improvements in all problem areas and exceeded client goals. MV’s general manager, maintenance manager, director of maintenance, and corporate team were recognized by both Sun Metro and MV for their dedication and improvements to this operation.
Paratransit and demand-response
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides convenient bus and rail service to the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The RTD partnered with MV to operate their paratransit and demand-response services:
Access-A-Ride is a brokered, door-to-door paratransit service available to eligible passengers who are unable to use fixed route service due to a disability. With a partnership dating back to 2002, MV operates 50 percent of the service in the greater Denver metropolitan area. MV operates and maintains a fleet of 172 vehicles.
Call-N-Ride is a general public demand-responsive and deviated fixed route service which operates in 11 zones within RTD’s service area. Delivered with a fleet of 34 vehicles, this service is primarily used by commuters transferring to RTD’s light rail system. MV began operating this service in 2008.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) faced ongoing construction projects and special events drawing thousands of visitors to the City of Las Vegas that caused ridership and traffic patterns to constantly fluctuate, making it difficult to measure on-time performance.
As a long-time partner for RTC fixed-route services, MV analyzed current route and reporting data, discovering discrepancies in the method for measuring on-time performance and errors in the geofencing around time points that were causing inaccurate arrival data to be captured. MV collaborated with the RTC to create a new on-time performance methodology and correct geofencing issues, instituting policies that addressed schedule adherence, particularly impacting buses running hot and excessive dwell times. Additionally, MV developed a “Route Impediment Log” to manage issues that could impede on-time performance – including construction projects, school zones, crosswalks, on-street parking, bus stop locations, and traffic light patterns.
MV’s comprehensive approach to on-time tracking exposed potential areas of concern which were used to adjust route timing for future service changes, resulting in improved on-time performance and a two-thirds reduction of on-time performance violations.
Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) first partnered with MV in 2002 to provide fixed-route bus services for those who live or work in and visit the Tri-Valley Region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, MV is responsible for all operational activities of the LAVTA Wheels bus service including safety, training, dispatch, maintenance, vehicle cleaning and washing, bus shelter maintenance, road supervision, and accounting.
Our long-term partnership is founded on providing safe, efficient and reliable transportation and a shared vision for improving service to retain existing riders and increase the attraction of new riders. With this goal, MV has led or supported a number of service improvements including the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), hybrid diesel-electric buses, traffic signal priority for buses, school service, and solar lighting at bus shelters. Today, MV remains committed to continuously improving overall system efficiency and bringing new and innovative ideas to LAVTA and the passengers in the community.
Since its first contract with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in 2001, MV has become the largest provider of services for LADOT. Today, MV operates and maintains 245 gas, propane, and CNG vehicles supporting fixed route, commuter, and paratransit operations throughout LADOT’s service area:
Cityride Dial-A-Ride: Cityride is a reservations-based, curb-to-curb paratransit service available for eligible persons with disabilities and persons age 65 or older. Operated exclusively by MV, Cityride serves three geographical areas in Los Angeles County.
DASH: The DASH community fixed route service operates in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles and the downtown area, connecting residents to other fixed route and rail services. MV operates this service in the Central, South, and North regions.
Commuter Express: Commuter Express provides limited-stop fixed route service, primarily serving commuters whose destinations are in the downtown Los Angeles area. MV operates this service in the North and South regions.
Throughout its longstanding relationship with LADOT, MV has operated these three services in various contractual combinations and has worked with the Department to optimally reorganize the service packages. MV also maintains a forward-thinking technology strategy ensuring the LADOT system runs efficiency and reliably to include mobile driver terminals and software systems for scheduling, dispatch and service monitoring.
A leading global retail company with a large concentration of employees located near its US-based corporate headquarters desired to implement a regional employee commuter service.
The company partnered with MV, who developed and managed a start-up plan encompassing fleet procurement, facility, and technology deployment – to include MV’s propriety OneMV on-demand software. MV’s service plan optimized overall route design and added demand service to routes experiencing low ridership volumes. The service was rolled out with a 21-vehicle fleet allowing employees to reserve seats on their mobile devices for travel from three major suburb cities, track the status of their bus, and ride in comfort.
In addition to the commuter service, MV also operates 34 transit buses and eight demand response vehicles throughout the headquarter city, transporting employees between campus buildings and major commuter points.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory operated its own shuttle bus service and was interested in finding a partner that could operate the system, maintain the fleet and optimize the route strategy to accommodate professors, students and employees between the laboratory, other campuses and public transportation. They found that partner in MV.
MV designed and rolled out a successful new shuttle service that operates on weekdays on five designated routes with a 14-vehicle fleet of vans and biodiesel buses. MV deployed the NextBus GPS system to monitor service, dispatch vehicles, and provide passengers with vehicle estimated time of arrival by route, stop, and direction. Additionally, MV implemented a secret rider program and used quarterly customer surveys and on-board customer comment cards to gather passenger feedback to assist in gauging service quality and performance.
Today, the MV-managed system efficiently provides transportation for professors, students, and employees between the laboratory, the UC Berkeley campus, BART train station, and other area stops.
Loyola University Chicago has partnered with MV since 2014 to offer SafeRide service to students, staff, and faculty. Originally, passenger reservations were made by calling a telephone number and navigating through a phone tree to reach an operator who booked the trip manually and subsequently dispatched a driver over a radio. With no estimated arrival time provided, students often would call back and repeat the process to obtain status.
To enhance the passenger experience, MV designed and deployed an on-demand approach based on its proprietary OneMV platform that included web-based and mobile passenger applications allowing students to book and cancel trips as well as access a “Where's My Ride” feature that tracks real-time vehicle location status.
Today, MV operates Loyola’s SafeRide and Intercampus Shuttle fleet of biodiesel and gas vehicles. The OneMV on-demand platform enables efficient trip scheduling and provides users and administrators with real-time monitoring and estimated time of arrival information. Student and faculty response to the convenience and time-saving attributes of the service has been overwhelmingly positive.
MV manages transportation services for the University of Kansas, including the KU On Wheels fixed-route shuttle, Park & Ride commuter service for off-site parking, and JayLift for curb-to-curb paratransit trips. Over the course of the long-term partnership, MV has developed successful programs for student vehicle operators, including a training structure which creates a pathway to CDL certification.
With a desire to provide late night transportation for students, MV met with student government and university transportation staff to develop a customized solution based on student’s expectations for a personal rideshare app-based service experience. With that input, MV designed a reservation-based SafeRide service that would provide passengers the ability to track vehicles and minimize call times. Students can now easily access the SafeRide service through the KU-branded OneMV mobile app solution, which allows students a point-to-point, curb-to-curb service on campus and around the City of Lawrence.
Today, MV provides all public transportation for KU and the City of Lawrence supporting 2.8 million passengers annually with a fleet of 60 vehicles.
The Anchorage School District (ASD) serves 17,000 students spread over sparsely-populated bus routes that span over 2,000 miles per day. The large region, harsh Alaskan weather, and poor vehicle maintenance were impacting on-time performance with students frequently experiencing delays.
ASD partnered with MV to take over transportation services and help address the maintenance and service reliability issues. MV undertook a comprehensive overhaul of bus operations, including refreshing the fleet of 178 buses and two bus terminals. MV hired experienced drivers familiar with harsh weather conditions, instituted rigorous training and rolled out a preventative winter maintenance program that included the addition of block heaters and automatic chains. MV also took a fresh look at the 160 service routes, including 71 special education routes, and reevaluated each to ensure optimal scheduling.
Once the transition was complete, the school district experienced noted improvements to service reliability and on-time performance. Further, communication outreach was greatly improved with the implementation of proactive alerts to parents of special needs children when buses were running more than 15 minutes late.