Management & Operations

Detroit's M-1 releases maintenance, operations RFP

Posted on February 26, 2015

Detroit’s M-1 RAIL is now accepting proposals from companies to manage the operations and maintenance of the streetcar system.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) has been posted to M-1 with a due date of April 16, 2015. It will also be available on the American Public Transportation Association website.

“Passengers want a reliable, safe and clean experience and the operator of the line will be a catalyst for that,” said Paul

Childs, chief operating officer of M-1 RAIL. “The contractor we select will begin working with us at least 12-months in advance of streetcar operations; they will be instrumental in developing processes and procedures for operations and fulfilling all of the obligations required by Federal, state and city government agencies.”

Childs said the management responsibilities of the contractor M-1 RAIL selects will include hiring operators; scheduling and training team members; developing standards of practice for customer service, safety and fare collections; maintenance of track, switch, signals and platforms; washing/cleaning vehicles; vehicle maintenance; substations, overhead contact systems/charging bars maintenance; and report preparation.

Childs said the M-1 RAIL team benchmarked streetcar lines and operations in other cities such as Tucson and New Orleans for insight on the use of third-party operators. Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Washington D.C. are also planning to use a third party provider once their streetcar systems are complete.

The duration of the initial contract will be five years, with M-1 RAIL having the option to renew it for an additional two-to-five years. It is expected to cost around $5 million annually to operate the M-1 RAIL streetcar system.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

L.A. Metro launches pilot program for SBE, DBE, and DVBE firms

The $1.3 million Contractor Development and Bonding Program will enable qualified entrepreneurs to successfully compete for construction-related contracts.

San Antonio's VIA unveils zoo-themed bus stop shelters

The stop serves VIA’s VIVA culture route and is part of VIA’s ongoing Passenger Amenities Improvement Program, which includes the improvement of 1,000 existing bus stops throughout the VIA service area.

COTA taps new President/CEO

Joanna Pinkerton was recommended by the COTA CEO Selection Committee and then unanimously approved by the full Board of Trustees. 

WSP USA names Las Vegas office leader/sr. engineering manager

In his new position, John Meng will provide focus, direction, and leadership, as well as project management and technical expertise on local projects as appropriate.

Former MARTA CEO joins Grande West board of directors

Keith Parker is currently the president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, and previously served as CEO/GM of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close