BREAKING: Milwaukee County Extends MTS Bus Contract
I just got word that the Abele administration has decided to extend Milwaukee Transport Service’s
contract to run the bus system for up to one year.
The county was in talks with
the Dallas-based, for-profit company MV Transportation to take over the
operation of MCTS beginning in January 2014. The local, nonprofit MTS has operated MCTS for decades.
The pending agreement with MV is tied up
in the courts. MTS has the right to view and appeal the information that led
the Abele administration to want to award MV the contract, but Abele’s folks were
fighting that. The case is still pending.
According to Dranzik’s email
to county supervisors, the MTS contract will be extended through Dec. 31, 2014, but
can be terminated for any reason given a 90-day notice.
“The notice is necessary
since it is unlikely pending legal action and appeals sought by parties
interested in the RFP's outcome will be resolved until later this year or early
next year,” Dranzik wrote. “Upon resolution of these issues the Department can
bring forward a report and resolution for the Board's consideration of the new
“Once final consideration is made on the pending future contract, a 90 day
notice may be provided to MTS. In the meantime, the contract extension shall be
put in effect to provide uninterrupted transit service.”
More on this as it develops.