05 Dec '17, 7pm

How and How Not To Contract For Better Transit Service

investigated the use of contractors in the transit industry in "A Bid for Better Transit: Improving Service with Contracted Operations. " The report details six case studies in Europe and North America that examine when and how agencies engage with private contractors, how contracting can be done successfully, and what agencies should avoid. The report found three lessons that agencies should keep in mind when contracting their service: 1. Government cannot contract out the public interest. Government is uniquely positioned to prioritize high-quality, affordable, equitable, sustainable, and safe transit access to its citizens. It’s no secret that transit is publicly subsidized around the world to meet these goals. But private companies must strive for profitability — a fundamentally different operating model. Keeping these distinct goals in mind, private contracting should...

Full article: http://www.metro-magazine.com/blogpost/726543/how-and-how...

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