Posts Tagged ‘Transdev Services’

Cincinnati Streetcar Added Weekend Trips

May 25, 2017

Robust ridership has prompted the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar system to run additional cars on weekends.

Since opening in September 2016, there had been 511,196 passenger trips over the 3.6-mile streetcar line through May 16.

Transdev, the streetcar line’s operator, said weekend ridership levels have been 300 percent to more than 500 percent higher than what transit officials projected.

The Cincinnati streetcar line connects the city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with the riverfront.

Cincinnati Streetcar GM Retires

November 5, 2016

The general manager of the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar system has resigned.

CVG streetcarJohn Lee stepped down from his post has resigned and has been replaced as interim GM by Mark Young. Both men are employees of Transdev, which operates the system under contract.

Lee came to Cincinnati in September when public service began after serving as GM for a light-rail system in Escondido, California.

A Transdev spokesperson said Lee had decided to retire from the company and that his family still lives on the West Coast.

Young, previously was Transdev’s national streetcar mobilization manager, GM for the Atlanta Streetcar and director of safety and security for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.

In an unrelated development, singer, actor and Cincinnati native Nick Lachey has agreed to become the voice of the streetcar, telling passengers which stop they are approaching.

“As a native Cincinnatian and someone who went to school in OTR (Over the Rhine) for many years, I am honored to be a part of the Cincinnati Bell Connector and the role that it will play in the revitalization of this great neighborhood,” Lachey said in a statement.

His voice will be heard aboard the streetcars by the end of the year.

M1 Rail Awards Operating Contract

July 6, 2016

Detroit M1 Rail has awarded Transdev North America a $15.5 million five-year contract to operate and maintain Detroit’s streetcar line.

M-1 Rail logoTransdev, which is based near Chicago, will oversee operations and maintenance including hiring and training. The five-year contract includes an optional five-year extension.

The 3.3 mile Q Line will operate along Woodward Avenue from Larned Street to West Grand Boulevard

Serving 20 stations, the streetcar service is expected to begin in late 2017.

“In selecting Transdev, we are bringing a premiere international provider of streetcar operations services to Detroit,” said Paul Childs, chief operating officer for M-1 RAIL. “Our partnership with Transdev ensures the Q Line will provide a safe, reliable and best-in-class transit experience for our ridership.”

Transdev Gets Cincy Streetcar Services Contract

July 9, 2015

Transdev Services has been awarded a $38 million contract to provide operations and maintenance services for Cincinnati’s streetcar system.

The company received a five-year base contract with five one-year extension options.

Transdev landed the contract from among five bidders. The agreement was announced by the Board of Trustees of the SouthwestOhio Regional Transit Authority

The pact calls for Transdev to oversee management of day-to-day operations, safety, maintenance of vehicles and maintenance of most streetcar infrastructure (track, power system, stations, and maintenance facility).

Transdev expects to create 26 new jobs, including streetcar operators, mechanics, and safety and administrative positions.

The Cincinnati Streetcar line, scheduled to open in September 2016, is a 3.6-mile loop with 18 stops along the riverfront through the downtown business district and passes through the Over the Rhine neighborhood.

The streetcar will connect to Metro bus service at Government Square and at transfer points in downtown Cincinnati and in the Over the Rhine neighborhood.