Raleigh, United States (Urban Transport News): RATP Dev USA has been awarded two new operations and maintenance contracts in North Carolina, expanding its international transport network across the USA.
The win represents another international success for the global transport operator, following recent wins in Belgrade, Serbia as well as Al-Ula Saudi Arabia and Sydney, Australia.
Now the cities of Durham and Raleigh have chosen RATP Dev USA as their trusted transport partner. The operations and maintenance contracts will provide fixed route and paratransit services in both Raleigh and Wake Access County, as well as fixed route services in Durham, North Carolina.
RATP Dev will operate the contracts under the name GoRaleigh, GoWake Access and GoDurham. They will mark the fifth, sixth and seventh locations that RATP Dev services across North Carolina.
The five-year contracts in Raleigh and Wake County – which could possibly be extended for an additional four years – will oversee the operation of 185 vehicles and the management of 450 employees across the city and county. The service is set to begin on 23 April for fixed routes and on 1 July 2023 for city and county paratransit services.
The fixed route contract in Durham will consist of running 58 vehicles and managing 245 employees in the city. The five-year contract will start on 1 July 2023 and could potentially be extended for an additional two years.
RATP Dev USA will contribute its international expertise in world-class mass transit, by granting Raleigh and Durham residents access to high-quality and efficient transportation services.
Across the world, RATP Dev stands out for delivering safe and innovative transport services to over 1.5 billion passengers per year. Its future expansion in North Carolina bares testament to its global success as a reliable transport operator.
We are excited to expand our presence in North Carolina with these new contracts, and to partner with GoDurham, GoRaleigh and GoWake Access in improving mobility for residents and visitors alike. These new successes demonstrate the trust of several cities and our commitment to providing reliable and sustainable transportation solutions in North Carolina and across the USA," said Cyril Aubin, CEO of RATP Dev USA.
RATP Dev USA acknowledges the importance of maintaining driver consistency and will be offering employment opportunities to drivers currently employed under the GoRaleigh, GoWake and GoDurham initiatives and acknowledges the importance of maintaining driver consistency.