Public VanGO con­tract awarded to Texas-based MV Trans­porta­tion

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Changes are in the air for Charles County’s public tran­sit ser vice.

The Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Growth Man­age­ment an­nounced this week that the op­er­a­tions con­tract for VanGO, the county’s public tran­sit ser­vice, has been awarded to Dal­las, Texas-based MV Trans­porta­tion, Inc.

VanGO op­er­ates both fixed route and spe­cial­ized door-to-door pro­grams.

The three-year, $17.2 mil­lion con­tract in­cludes a two-year op­tion, said Jeff Bar­nett, chief of tran­sit for Charles County.

Cincin­nati, Ohio-based First Tran­sit Bus Ser­vice Solutions Com­pany has been pro­vid­ing VanGO ser­vices since 2012, Bar­nett said. Their con­tract ex­pires June 30.

The con­tract was put out for com­pet­i­tive bid in March.

MV Trans­porta­tion will as­sume op­er­a­tions on Satur­day af­ter mid­night, Bar­nett said.

“Tran­sit staff has been work­ing closely with MV Trans­porta­tion’s tran­si­tion team mem­bers since award of the con­tract and is con­fi­dent of a seam­less turnover on July 1,” Bar­nett said.

Bar­nett said that, separate from the con­tract, the county has pro­cured eight new buses, with an ad­di­tional 10 buses ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional in mid-July.

“Rid­ers should ex­pect to see an im­me­di­ate im­prove­ment with the ad­di­tion of new buses com­ple­ment­ing this con­tract award,” Bar­nett said.

Be­cause of the con­tract tran­si­tion, the VanGo Dou­bleMap bus track­ing sys­tem will not be op­er­a­tional on Satur­day, but Bar­nett said it should be op­er­a­tional by Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The web­site, vango. dou­blemap.com, al­lows rid­ers to see bus routes on­line or on mo­bile de­vices and to track buses in real-time uti­liz­ing GPS tech­nol­ogy.

Bar­nett said MV Trans­porta­tion has pro­vided ex­cel­lent ser­vice to the county in the past.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to re­new­ing that re­la­tion­ship and work­ing with them again,” Bar­nett said.

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