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

Many 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. Most of the literature today focuses on cost benefit analysis; this synthesis will focus on the process of procurement and oversight to ensure quality fixed-route bus transit services. The idea is to provide summary information and case examples that can be used by transit systems in their decision making process. This study will conduct a literature review and survey of transit agencies (geographically diverse, different size of fleet, rural vs. urban) that currently, or previously, contract services. The study shall also gather information from corporate level contract service providers in order to get their perspective of the procurement and operation process. A minimum of five case examples of different transit system and their counterpart local contract service provider will be presented. Attention should be given to 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: Completed
  • Funding: $45000
  • 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: 20160527
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161024
  • 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