Management Shakeup at the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
Beau Evans reports: Transdev, the French company that has run New Orleans’ public transit system for more than a decade, won a revamped contract Tuesday (May 28) that keeps Transdev as the city’s day-to-day bus, streetcar and ferry operator, but hands control over administrative functions to newly appointed local officials.
Transdev, which has "managed nearly every aspect of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority’s network of public buses, streetcars, ferries and para-transit vehicles since just after Hurricane Katrina," beat out its sole competitor for the gig.
Along with the new contract, the RTA is planning "deep structural changes to the RTA’s top ranks," according to Evans. RTA will employ 70 new employees, and hired Alex Wiggins away from Metro in Los Angeles to be the agency's new chief executive officer.