PART makes progress on provider

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 06:02 PM

The region’s mass transit agency has progressed on securing a new, permanent bus service provider after losing its previous one earlier this year because of a bankruptcy involving the company.
The board of trustees for the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation this week approved a resolution to grant a contract for $2.4 million to National Express Transit Services Corp. The new company would be in place by the first of December.
Since this summer, the mass transit agency has put together a patchwork method to keep its PART Express buses rolling after its longtime contractor who provided bus drivers to PART filed for bankruptcy. In addition to providing drivers, the company arranged insurance coverage for drivers and maintenance of vehicles.
Five companies expressed interest in filling the void for PART, with three companies formally submitting bids. National Express Transit was the low bidder.
Based in Cincinnati, National Express Transit is part of the global National Express Group that specializes in passenger transportation, according to the business research firm Hoovers. The parent company provides train services and operates buses and coaches. National Express Group has annual sales of $3.5 billion, Hoovers indicates.
/Paul B. Johnson/