New Transit Contractor Takes Over In Santa Clarita
MV Transportation officially takes the reigns of all SCV public transportation services today.
Today marks the beginning of a new transportation contract for the City of Santa Clarita Transit.
In July, the Santa Clarita City Council awarded a three- year. $51.7 million contract for the first time to MV Transportation, Inc. to manage, operate, and maintain the City’s Transit services. Passengers will not be affected by the operation changeover.
“The award of MV Transportation is a great step in meeting the growing demand for the City of Santa Clarita Transit,” commented Jeff O’Keefe, City Transit Manager. “MV Transportation is committed to providing superior transportation service to the City’s customers and accommodating riders needs by allowing passengers to travel with ease to their destination."
Under the terms of this three-year contract with seven one- year renewal options, MV will operate the City’s commuter, fixed-route, dial-a-ride, and ASI transit services. Also, MV will be responsible for maintaining a mixed fleet of 99 buses, including CNG, diesel, and gasoline vehicles.
Based in Fairfield, California, MV is the largest privet provider of Para transit services and the largest privately- owned transportation contracting firm in the United States. The company employs more than 11,000 transit professionals and operates more than 180 Para transit, fixed-route, shuttle and Medicaid contracts in 24 states.
“This is a very exciting project for MV,” said Kevin Klika, President of MV’s West Coast Operations. “The City is moving forward with several innovative and technological advances to their transit services, and MV’s unique expertise in this area will certainly complement those efforts.”
The City of Santa Clarita Transit assumed responsibility for local transit from the County of Los Angeles in 1991, and has provided supervision over a contract operator responsible for all transit, commuter, Dial-a-Ride and ASI Dial-a-Ride operating and maintenance related services.
Veolia Transportation had held this contract for the past 12 years. Since completing its first full year of providing transit service in the Santa Clarita Valley over 15 years ago, City of Santa Clarita Transit ridership has grown from 600.000 to 3.7 million.
For additional information about the City of Santa Clarita Transit, you can visit santa-clarita.com/transit