SEAT board approves contract with current management company

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Norwich — The Southeast Area Transit District board of directors approved Wednesday an up to 11-year contract with First Transit, the current transit management provider.

Chairman Ronald McDaniel, mayor of Montville, said the contract is for five years, with the option for six more, and will begin on Jan. 1, 2020.

SEAT issued a nationwide request for proposals for management services and only received the response from First Transit, but McDaniel said the board has “been very happy with First Transit’s service.” First Transit has managed the transit district since the early 2000s, according to The Day’s archives, and the current contract is expiring at the end of the year.

McDaniel said the SEAT board wants to continue to try to achieve objectives from its 2015 Comprehensive Operational Analysis, a study of how to improve bus service in the region.

The fee outlined in the contract for the first year of management services is about $209,000, followed by approximately $211,000 the next year and then approximately $215,000, $220,000 and $225,000 in subsequent years.

East Lyme, Griswold, Groton, Lisbon, Montville, New London, Norwich, Stonington and Waterford are members of the transit district, which provides bus services and had an approximately $6.3 million operating budget in fiscal year 2019, according to the request for proposals.

k.drelich@theday.com

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