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.
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