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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board yesterday extended its commuter-rail operating contract with Keolis Commuter Services LLC through June 30, 2026.
The contract includes incentives for on-time performance, measures to address fare evasion and investments in rail infrastructure.
The four-year extension will bring MBTA and Keolis’ original operating contract — set to expire on June 30 — to its full term of contract options. Keolis has provided mechanical, transportation and engineering services to the authority since July 2014. The operating contract included options to extend the contract through 2024 or 2026.
Extending this contract avoids a potentially disruptive transition that might come with a re-procurement and followed by an uncertain multiyear transition to a new operator, MBTA officials said in a press release.
The projected net total cost per contract year is $16.3 million in fiscal-year 2021, $34.7 million in FY2022, $35.1 million in FY2023, $43.4 million in FY2024, $46.8 in FY2025 and $48.1 million in FY2026.