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RTC Access signs with new service provider
by Tribune Staff
Apr 30, 2010 | 883 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rosanna Davis boards an RTC bus after attending a senior services event at the downtown Sparks bus station in 2009. Bus drivers assist handicapped riders by securing their wheelchairs in place with special straps.
Rosanna Davis boards an RTC bus after attending a senior services event at the downtown Sparks bus station in 2009. Bus drivers assist handicapped riders by securing their wheelchairs in place with special straps.
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RENO — The Regional Transportation Commission on Friday approved a $30 million contract with First Transit for the operation of its Access fleet.

Access shuttles the disabled through their daily errands, employing about 62 drivers.

The contract replaces current operator, MV Transportation. MV entered a bid of about $33 million for the seven-year contract.

The vote was originally scheduled to be taken by the RTC board on April 16. However, prolonged discussion and possible legal issues delayed the vote until Friday.

According to testimony from First Transportation officials, the current Access drivers will be retained under the new contract. Many Access riders at the April 16 meeting voiced their concern to the board that their trusted drivers would be fired and replaced with those selected by First Transportation.

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