LATS Celebrates 15 Years of Service

LATS Celebrates 15 Years of Service

In recognition of 15 years of service, the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) is hosting a week-long anniversary celebration April 24-29, 2017, to recognize the transit system’s contribution to community life. The schedule of daily events will include a safety program, a free ride day, a food drive, and lots of food and prizes.


LATS officially went into operation in April 2002. Lawton, which is located 87 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, has an estimated population of 97,000 permanent residents. In its first month of operation, LATS transported more than 12,000 riders and today ridership has grown to more than 30,000 riders per month.


Former Assistant City Planner and current City Transit Trust Liaison Deborah Jones and Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch attended an awards ceremony on Monday, April 24, and were recognized for their roles in getting LATS up and running.


“The company just wants to give back to the Lawton community to say ‘thank you’ for its support over the years,” said Ryan Landers, McDonald Transit employee and LATS General Manager.


McDonald Transit has been the management partner for LATS since it started operating in 2002.


Watch video coverage of the story on local ABC News Channel 7 KSWO.

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Lake County FL Selects McDonald Transit/RATP Dev

Lake County FL Selects McDonald Transit/RATP Dev

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.

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London Set to Go 100% Electric with RATP Dev

London Set to Go 100% Electric with RATP Dev

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.”

Read the full article “London bus routes set to go 100% electric.

Source: edie newsroom. Feb 16, 2017.
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McDonald Transit Announces New President

McDonald Transit Announces New President

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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