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Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Rail Board Awards Operations Contract

PHOENIX – The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors has approved a base five-year contract with Boston-based Alternate Concepts, Inc. (ACI) to provide rail transportation services for the 26-mile system in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. With this contract, ACI continues to manage, coordinate and control all activities related to the operations of the service. ACI began service operations for Valley Metro Rail prior to the opening in December 2008 and has expanded from the original 20 miles to include six new miles of extensions in 2015 and 2016.

“ACI takes great pride and ownership in delivering robust rail operations, which sets them apart as a service provider,” said Ray Abraham, Valley Metro Chief Operations Officer. “After nine years of providing rail service for Valley Metro, the men and women of ACI continue to have a strong commitment to quality operations.”

Rail service is provided 365 days per year operating up to 22 hours per day. There were 15.6 million rail passengers served in Fiscal Year 2016 with an on-time performance of 93.4 percent. Today, the Board authorized the CEO to execute the 5-year contract with one 3-year option and one 2-year option beginning July 1, 2017 in the amount not to exceed $56,140,384.

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About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity transit extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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