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New Orleans RTA awards Transdev maintenance contract
Transdev was selected to operate and maintain transit service for RTA’s streetcar, bus, ferry and paratransit services for about $79 million annually.
The new contract, which went into effective Sept. 1, shifts control of the transit system from private to public control, RTA officials said in a press release.
The RTA will now have direct administrative and management oversight of the authority, while continuing to contract out the system's day-to-day maintenance and operations functions system to Transdev.
The contract calls for Transdev to increase RTA’s on-time performance from about 75 percent to 90 percent in six months, then to 95 percent by the contract's third year. Transdev will pay a financial penalty if on-time performance lapses.
Transdev has operated and managed RTA transit services under contract to the RTA's board since 2009, Transdev officials said.
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