Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SG-15. Contracting Fixed-Route Transit Service

Many fixed-route transit systems choose to contract a portion or the entirety of their bus operations to one or more contractors as opposed to directly operating the service. This study will seek to determine effective practices when procuring and managing contracted service. This includes how to make the decision to contract, and what types of services lend themselves best to contracting. This study will conduct a literature review and survey of transit agencies that currently contract services, and some that have chosen to not contract. Case examples of different contracting models will be presented. Information to be gathered includes: (1) different service models, including fully contracted including management, and just an operating contract; (2) contracting in different size agencies; (3) integration with non-contracted service; (4) procurement; (5) performance incentives; (6) auditing; (7) disputes; and (8) labor issues. A special focus will be placed on service procurement from the perspective of a small transit system as they often lack the time and experience to create and carry out a highly detailed procurement, and many transit contractors may not be interested in small service contracts.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SG-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dan Boyle & Associates, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Boyle, Dan

  • Start Date: 20161004
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40903

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01601666
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SG-15
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2016 1:00AM