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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) last week announced it will move all transit operations and maintenance functions in-house on Oct. 1.
The change builds on the agency's decision last year to transition executive oversight and management from Transdev North America. Transdev has provided transportation management services to NORTA since 2009, including for its streetcar system.
In October, NORTA will fully manage the agency's administrative, operational, maintenance and policy functions. All employees will be employed by NORTA, agency officials said in a press release.
The transition will enable the agency to better manage uncertain financial circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, agency officials said. Additionally, NORTA will be able to invest in agency staff's professional development.
NORTA officials will meet with union representatives over the next several weeks to begin planning for the transition.