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Passengers exit, and some passengers board a bus at the Fairfield Transit Center. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)


5 companies want to run local buses

By From page A4 | February 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Five companies are in the race to operate Fairfield and Suisun Transit buses.

MV Transportation is the current operator. Its contract expires in June. The city a few months ago asked for proposals from companies interested in getting the next contract.

Replying were MV Transportation, Keolis, First Transit, National Express and Veolia Transportation, said Fairfield Assistant Public Works Director for Transportation Wayne Lewis.

MV Transportation has operated Fairfield and Suisun Transit buses since the late 1990s. It had its headquarters in Fairfield from 1996 until 2012, when it announced a move to Dallas.

Lewis said the goal is to bring a recommendation to the City Council on April 15 on what company should get the next contract.

The request for proposals asked applicants to address such issues as running the buses on time, providing good customer service, handling customer complaints, preventing and handling accidents, maintaining employee morale and teamwork and resolving day-to-day issues. In addition, applicants had to give the city a price proposal.

The deadline to respond was Jan. 23.

Meanwhile, the city has proposed fare increases that would take effect in July. The City Council is to make a decision Feb. 18.

Also, the City Council in October 2013 approved doing a study to see if Fairfield and Suisun Transit should merge with SolTrans. SolTrans serves Benicia and Vallejo and has National Express operate its buses.

Lewis said he has yet to see a draft of the SolTrans study, though he expects the work to be completed soon.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • The MisterFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:21 am

    ... but they have to name it "Fairfield Area Rapid Transit"! It was great in the old days... it can be great again!

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  • charlesFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:56 am

    we already have a great transit system when one compares it to the buses from vallejo. i just wish the city doesn't raise our fares to much..money is tight.

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  • EnveeFebruary 01, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    The Vanpoolers have to be hit with a big fee. Many of us regular riders are forced to park at Target and other places mainly due to One Vanpool = 8 Cars parked at the tranportation center as early as 5 am ! Do the math ! I dont mind a fare increase but ensure no regular riders are turned away due to lack of Parking ! Bus Maintenance has to improve !

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