CapMetro Awards Largest Bus Contract in Agency History
MV Transportation to provide combined bus operation services
AUSTIN, Texas (August 12, 2019) — Capital Metro’s board of directors today approved a contract that will consolidate bus operations and maintenance services for the transit agency. Dallas-based MV Transportation, Inc. will provide the entirety of the agency’s bus operations, which are currently divided between MV and French multinational RATP Dev.
MV has been a Capital Metro service provider since 2012 and currently operates the agency’s MetroRapid and UT Shuttle services, as well as a number of Local MetroBus routes. The company will operate the rest of CapMetro’s services, including all of the MetroBus and MetroRapid routes, and MetroExpress services beginning Sunday, January 5, 2020.
“This is a big moment for the Capital Metro family,” said President and CEO Randy Clarke. “Major transitions are complex, but we’re confident that the combined contract will improve employment opportunities and give us the flexibility needed to always provide the best service to our customers.”
MV is the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting services firm in the country and provides fixed-route, paratransit, campus and corporate shuttles, and student transportation services for more than 200 public and private entities. DART in Dallas, the New York City public school system and RTC in Las Vegas are among its other partner agencies.
“We are proud to extend our partnership with Capital Metro and appreciate the confidence its leadership team and board have placed in MV,” said Tom Egan, MV’s chief executive officer. “We share the Project Connect vision for implementing affordable transportation options that connect Austin communities to jobs, schools, health care and more and are committed to making it a reality.”
Capital Metro’s leadership is working closely with their counterparts in the Amalgamated Transit Union to ensure a smooth transition. The contract approved by the board today requires that all current union employees receive a priority offer of employment without a reduction in pay or benefits. Those employees will need to pass a drug test and a physical, which are required in their current positions as well.
About Capital Metro
Capital Metro connects people, jobs and communities by providing Central Texans with safe, high-quality and sustainable transportation alternatives. The agency provides more than 30 million rides annually on its buses, trains, paratransit and vanpool vehicles and serves a population of more than 1.2 million in its 543-square-mile service area. Capital Metro is committed to improving regional mobility and, through Project Connect, will transform how people travel throughout Central Texas. With our focus on providing a first-class customer experience, Capital Metro has invested in services like the High-Frequency Network, which moves more people, more reliably. Visit capmetro.org for more information and to view our Performance Dashboards to keep track of our operations, service reliability and finances.
About MV Transportation, Inc.
MV Transportation is the largest privately-owned passenger transportation contracting services firm in the United States. We provide paratransit, fixed-route, campus and corporate shuttles, and student transportation services, partnering with over 200 city and county government transit agencies, school districts, universities, and corporations. Founded in 1975, MV provides freedom for over 110 million passengers each year across 30 states and Canada with a team of more than 20,000 dedicated transit professionals. For additional information, please visit www.mvtransit.com.