Protest filed against changes in Longview transit system

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 11:58 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - A City of Longview review committee voted to maintain the city council’s decision of hiring a different company to manage Longview’s transit system.

The committee heard from the new company, Hendrickson Transportation Group, and soon to be former company, RATP-Dev. The Longview City Council recently approved HTG to run Longview Transit, and RATP-Dev filed a protest saying HTG didn’t list enough transit management projects in that proposal. Longview City Spokesman Shawn Hara says four companies submitted proposals for the contract.

“Because these bus services are available the way we had to start our bid process, we had to have a way for a protest to be filed if a vendor that bids is dissatisfied. So we’ve had that written in the process. We’ve followed through all the process now and the protest has been denied. We will move forward now,” Hara said.

Hara also ads the service will not change for riders.

Hara said none of this affects bus service on the customer level.

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