MV Transportation Services Inc. is closing its Spokane Valley office after seven years of providing Paratransit services for Spokane Transit Authority.
The Dallas, Texas-based transportation company is closing its office – which employs 59 people – at the end of December after opting out of a contract renewal with STA earlier this year.
“MV values our partnership with Spokane Transit and the years providing transportation to the region. We simply determined not to re-compete for our contract when it came back up for tender,” said Jeff Womack, MV Transportation Inc. spokesman wrote in an email. “Fortunately, as with many transit contracts, the vast majority of our employees have been offered positions with the new provider.”
STA entered into a five-year contract with MV Transportation Services Inc. in January 2013 and opened its Spokane Valley location at that time. STA approved two, one-year contracts with MV Transportation in 2018 and 2019.
STA signed a five-year contract in July with Cincinnati-based First Transit, which was its Paratransit provider prior to MV Transportation. STA evaluated the decision for a new Paratransit provider based on cost, qualifications, experience and references.
Paratransit is a wheelchair-accessible shared transportation service for individuals with a disability that prevents them from using regular, fixed-route buses.
MV Transportation, founded in 1975, is the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting firm in the United States. It partners with more than 200 city and county government transit agencies, school districts, universities and corporations for Paratransit services.
MV Transportation has more than 20,000 employees in 30 U.S. states and Canada.
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