Texoma Area Paratransit System, Inc. (TAPS) awarded a multi-million dollar, 5-year contract to Transdev to operate TAPS Public Transit beginning as early as April. The TAPS Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept a proposal for Transdev to take over full operations at the board’s regular meeting on March 7.
TAPS Interim CEO, Tim Patton, said Transdev was selected following an intensive review of plans submitted after a Request For Proposals (RFP) was issued in January. “An executive review committee of board members and outside experts gave the Transdev proposal the highest grade. Today, the board approved that committee’s recommendation,” said Patton. Some details remain to be negotiated.
The contract with Transdev is a public-private partnership model. The private sector helps deliver public transit in many U.S. cities.In fact, 20 percent of city and county transit systems now contract all or portions of their operations to the private sector. In a public-private operating partnership, a government or policy board delegates the management and operation of an entire transit organization to a private sector provider.
“Our goal is to make the transition as quick and smooth as possible,” said Patton. “Over the next few weeks, we will have a better idea of a timeline for restoring normal service in our six-county service area.”
Based near Chicago, Transdev is the largest private-sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, including bus, rail, streetcar, paratransit, shuttle, and sedan and taxi services. Globally, Transdev operates public transportation in 20 countries. Transdev is committed to being the trusted partner of cities, transit authorities and airports through quality execution and innovations in mobility.