McDonald Transit has announced it has been awarded the contract to operate transit services for Lake County, Florida. The County Commission for Lake County, Florida selected McDonald Transit through a national competitive process. Contract services will begin on March 6, 2017 and cover an initial period of three years with four additional one-year renewal options.
Under the terms of the contract, McDonald Transit will provide management of the operations and vehicle maintenance for Lake County’s LakeXpress, fixed route service and the ADA complementary service, Lake County Connection. McDonald Transit will also provide recruiting and training for bus and maintenance service staff, will assist with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reporting, and will oversee fare security functions and labor relations.
“We are delighted to bring our world renowned quality of service delivery to the customers and citizens of Lake County,” said Blaine Rigler, president of McDonald Transit. “We provide our services to several systems within Florida and will leverage our extensive knowledge and experience operating within the state and internationally to bring about our commitment of improving services and being responsive to the communities we serve.”
With a population of approximately 300,000 residents, Lake County is an example of a growing suburban County with a transit system that connects residents, visitors and employees to natural parks, forests, jobs and recreational activities in the 14 municipalities of Lake County, which are home to over 1,400 lakes.
Source: Mass Transit magazine. Feb 14, 2017.Read More
McDonald Transit parent company RATP Dev, which currently operates 243 hybrid buses in London and 630 similar models on the streets of Paris, will operate two, full-electric bus routes for Transport for London (TfL) by 2018.
This technological advancement demonstrates the McDonald Transit and RAPT Dev commitment to providing communities throughout the world with environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
A total of 36 zero-emission electric buses will ride along the C1 and 70 bus routes, which fall under the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan last year.
The infrastructure needed to park and charge the electric buses at Shepard’s Bush depot will be developed by RATP Dev, which aims to convert the West London site into the capital’s first all-electric fleet bus depot.
TfL managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels said: “We’re delighted to be working with RATP Dev to deliver greener buses for this city. They will help improve air quality and offer a better journey experience for customers. This is a momentous time as we help deliver the Mayor’s vision for cleaner, safer transport network.”
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McDonald Transit Announces New President Blaine Rigler
FORT WORTH, Texas – December 6, 2016 – McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. today announced the appointment of Blaine Rigler as the President of McDonald Transit, a leader in public transit for four decades and providing management services at 32 locations in 17 states across the U.S. Blaine Rigler will begin serving as president effective immediately as he replaces Ken Fischer, Senior Vice President of Business Development, who has been serving as interim president of McDonald Transit since the retirement of Robert (Bob) Babbitt in October. Blaine Rigler will also take on the role of Vice President of Bus for RATP Dev America, the parent company of McDonald Transit.
“Blaine has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and organizational accomplishments,” said Catherine Chardon, CEO of RATP Dev America. “He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader and brings to this position a strong reputation for developing people and inspiring teams. His wealth of experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to accelerate growth and expansion. Blaine Rigler is emblematic of the deep bench strength we have developed at McDonald Transit, and I could not be more pleased about his appointment to this critical role at this important time.”
With over 25 years of experience in leadership and operations management roles, Blaine Rigler’s expertise encompasses sales and marketing leadership, international business acumen, operations, and technology systems innovation. Prior to McDonald Transit, Blaine Rigler served as Senior Vice President-Global Solutions at Iron Mountain, Inc., a S&P 500 company employing almost 17,000 professionals in over 1,000 facilities across 36 countries.
“I am honored to take the helm of McDonald Transit and help build on the great accomplishments that Bob and the team have achieved to date,” said Blaine Rigler. “Together with our talented senior leadership team, we will focus on accelerating the growth of the company and continue to position McDonald Transit at the forefront of transportation and mobility.”
“While we have deep respect for Bob Babbitt following his navigation of McDonald Transit’s acquisition by RATP Dev America and the modernization of the company’s technology, we are enthused by the prospect of Blaine Rigler taking the reins and leading the company forward,” said Ken Fischer.
“Blaine Rigler’s leadership transition comes at a time of strength for McDonald Transit given the growth of our highly respected organization, deep management team and our track record of innovation,” said Laurence Batlle, the company’s current head of Business Unit Operations in the Americas and Africa. “I have the utmost trust in Blaine’s vision for this dynamic organization to meet the demands of an ever-changing transit market.”Laurence Batlle will be taking over the reins as RATP Dev CEO from Francois-Xavier Perin who will be officially retiring in January 2017.
About McDonald Transit
Founded in 1972, McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. provides management and operation services for bus, rail and paratransit systems. McDonald Transit employees serve 32 public agencies in 17 states across America. The scope of service ranges from full responsibility for management and operation of urban transit systems to operation of specific routes and provision of administrative services. Its consulting and advisory services cover long and short-term planning, service development, service design, maintenance reviews, audits, scheduling and runcutting, bus-line inspection, and other related areas.
About RATP Dev America
RATP Dev, founded in 2002, operates in 15 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, the United States of America and Brazil). In 2009, RATP Dev America was established and acquired 51% of McDonald Transit. In 2015, RATP Dev generated revenue of more than $1.2 billion.
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY In the spring of 2016, Western Kentucky University renewed McDonald Transit’s Management Contract to oversee and maintain the University’s Topper Transit services. General Manager, Steve Rowland and Maintenance Manager, Ricky Logsdon will serve the faculty, staff, and students of Western Kentucky University for another three year base term with the two one-year options. COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO On May 1, 2016, the City of Colorado Springs began our second contract term to operate the City’s Mountain Metro Fixed Route Transit Services. General Manager Jerry Triolo, Operations Manager, Gary Rushing, and their team will serve the City and residents of Colorado Springs for a three year base term with the four one-year options. Under our local management, Mountain Metro bus ridership increased 2.4% from 2014 to 2015.Read More
McDonald Transit’s General Manager of the Midland-Odessa Urban Transit District, Robert Stephens, was presented with the Outstanding Public Transportation General Manager Award for 2016 from the Texas Transit Association (TTA). TTA bestows this award annually to the public transportation manager who has made exceptional contributions to the public transportation industry in his local service area and the State of Texas.
The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region VI Office named McDonald Transit’s Citibus system in Lubbock, TX their Transit System of the Year for 2016. Citibus gained this honor through their comprehensive compliance with FTA rules and regulations, especially in the areas of grants management. Citibus’s 2013 Triennial Review resulted in no deficiencies. In 1991, Citibus was named the most outstanding small transit system in North America by APTA. In our 32 years of managing Citibus, we have had only two General Managers