San Diego MTS Inks $911M Agreement with Transdev to Provide Bus Operations Services in South Bay and East County

San Diego – The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved today a new bus services contract agreement with Transdev Services, Inc. The six-year agreement includes two two-year options that could bring the total value of the contract to $911 million over 10 years.  The contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process.

Under this agreement, Transdev will operate 52 of 95 bus route services from MTS bus divisions in Chula Vista and El Cajon, using MTS buses and MTS branding. In FY 2020, 19.5 million passengers were carried by MTS out of these two divisions. Transdev has been under contract with MTS to provide similar services for the past 13 years.

“This is great news for MTS and for our riders,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair and District 4 County Supervisor. “The Transdev team is a reflection of the diverse communities we serve in the South Bay and East County. They are a big part of the MTS family and will play an important role as MTS converts to a zero-emission bus fleet. Transdev partners with transit systems all over the world, and brings that great experience and depth in providing transit services, including a long history with MTS.”

As part of the new contract, MTS will provide 332 buses and two state-of-the-art Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities for operations, maintenance and fueling. The contract also includes funding for more than 750 Represented and 65 Non-Represented employees in the San Diego region. 

“We thank MTS for their continued trust and vote of confidence with this important contract renewal. Transdev has been operating in San Diego since 1996 and we’ve made great advances in safety and service.  We look forward to continuing to provide safe, reliable, top quality service and to collaborating with MTS to further enhance the passenger experience,” said Laura Hendricks, chief executive officer of Transdev U.S.

Some priorities for the new contract include:

  • Assisting MTS’ mission to convert to a zero-emissions bus fleet
    • Operating MTS’ new all-electric Iris Rapid route in 2022 – the latest addition to MTS’ high-frequency, limited-stop bus network
    • Building overhead electric bus charging infrastructure at the South Bay division
    • Participating in MTS’ Zero Emission Bus Pilot Program on routes in the South Bay and East County 
  • Integrating the new fare collection system, PRONTO, next year
  • Participating in I-805 Bus on Shoulder Operation (3-year pilot/SANDAG)
  • Continue operating South Bay Rapid (Otay Mesa to Downtown San Diego)
  • Maintaining a strong focus on key performance indicators like on-time performance, safety and customer service