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BC Transit: ‘Superior proposal’ from new provider of West Kootenay service

NextGen Transit will continue to operate services identified as the East Kootenay region
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BC Transit says PWTransit Canada submitted the “superior proposal” for service in the West Kootenay and was thus awarded the operating contract over NextGen Transit, formerly Trail Transit.

“PWTransit Canada was awarded the contract through an open competition procurement process that adhered to applicable policy and legislation,” BC Transit told the Trail Times via email.

The contract includes conventional, custom and paratransit service in the West Kootenay region, which serves several communities including Trail, Castlegar and the Boundary Transit System (Grand Forks).

“The evaluation process followed the disclosed methodology in the Solicitation Document, adhering to BC Transit policy and all applicable trade treaties, which strictly require evaluators to assess bids based only on pre-established criteria and materials included in the bidder’s submission,” BC Transit said.

“PWTransit Canada submitted the overall superior proposal and was selected for this operating contract.”

All unionized NextGen Transit employees currently working in public transit will be offered comparable roles with PWTransit Canada, BC Transit added.

“Decisions around future employment opportunities for non-unionized employees of NextGen Transit are at the full discretion of the new operating company.”

BC Transit is currently in discussions with the City of Nelson on assuming the Kootenay Lake West paratransit services which was not included in the West Kootenay Region contract.

NextGen Transit will continue to operate services identified as the East Kootenay region which includes the communities of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Elk Valley region (Fernie and Sparwood) and Invermere.

The Trail Times contacted NextGen but didn’t hear back by Wednesday press time.

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