The Greensboro City Council is holding a virtual work session on the Greensboro Transit Agency (GTA) and parking beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

The main purpose of the meeting according to Mayor Nancy Vaughan is to consider and discuss the contract to operate GTA which runs the buses in Greensboro.

The city currently contracts with Keolis to operate GTA, but that contract expires on June 30 of this year. The City Council is set to approve a new contract at its meeting on Tuesday, March 1.  Vaughan said that she thought it was important for the City Council to have the opportunity to discuss the bids in detail before making the decision on March 1. 

The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) received four “responsive proposals” following its Request for Proposals to operate GTA in Oct. 2021.  The proposals considered were from Keolis (the current contractor), National Express, RATP Dev and Trans Dev (a former contractor).

GDOT is recommending that the city contract with RATP Dev, USA to begin operating the public transit system in Greensboro on July 1, 2022.

In the report to City Council, GDOT notes that RATP Dev received the top score from all reviewers, operates in 14 countries on four continents, has operations in North Carolina that include the City of Asheville and the City of Charlotte and has an average first year hourly wage of $28.97. 

GTA also notes that RATP Dev has proposed a local management team with a combined 132 years of experience, has a robust training program, has experience with electric vehicles and perhaps most important to the City Council has an integrated Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) approach that subcontracts 15 positions in parts, administration and utility.

If the City Council follows the recommendation of GDOT and contracts with RATP Dev from March 1 to June 30 will be a transition period from Keolis to RATP Dev.

Since RATP Dev operates the transit system in Charlotte and Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba was an assistant city manager in Charlotte before coming to Greensboro on Feb. 1, Jaiyeoba should be able to provide some incite on how RATP Dev actually operates a public transit system.