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Cincinnati chooses Transdev

The five low-floor trams for the city of Cincinnati are being built at CAF's Elmira manufacturing facility. (Credit: City of Cincinnati)

Transdev Services has been selected by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority to operate and maintain the 5.8km (3.6-mile) Cincinnati Streetcar (USA), scheduled to open in September 2016.

SORTA launched a request for proposals in January, and required all bidders to submit proposals for both turnkey and management contracts. Transdev offered the best-value bid for both methods, said SORTA.

The fixed-price turnkey contract covers a start-up period from late July to 15 September 2016 worth USD1.1m, a five-year base contract and five optional one-year extensions. If all options are exercised, the contract would be worth USD38.3m.

Transdev, which has operated the New Orleans streetcar network, since 2009, will be responsible for operations, safety, rolling stock and infrastructure maintenance, including power supply, stops and the depot. Risk for cost overruns is also within the agreement with Transdev, which expects to create 26 new jobs over the course of the contract.

Groundbreaking for the 18-stop line took place in February 2012. CAF USA is supplying five three-section Urbos 3 trams, to be delivered later this year.