About the three transit garage finalists

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            Here is some information about the three finalists competing for the Barrie Transit Garage project:

Keolis Canada Inc.

Keolis Canada is owned by a French multinational, drawing “on support from its principal shareholder, the French national rail company SNCF,” the Keolis website says.  The company has “expertise in all areas all areas of rail operations and on all scales, from dense, urban commuter rail to inter-city transport and the latest project, launched in 2009 in Britain: regional high speed.”

The company’s wholly owned Canadian subsidiary “specializes in passenger coach transportation in Quebec,” the website says. “From scheduled intercity services to charter, airport, urban, school and paratransit services, Keolis Canada is proud to provide safe, reliable quality service with a team of over 788 qualified, experienced, employees.”

MVT Canadian Bus, Inc.

MVT Canadian Bus, Inc. a subsidiary of U.S.-based MV Transportation Inc., says it began Canadian operations in January 2009 as the contract provider to Translink for the HandyDART service in the metropolitan Vancouver area.  “We are continuing our expansion across Canada with our second Canadian contract beginning in January 1, 2002 as the paratransit service provider for the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland.”

The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Dallas, Texas and operates  in “more than 130 locations across North America.”

The business, with subsidiaries, joint ventures, partnerships and affiliates, “has provided safe, reliable, affordable transportation services to cities, counties, municipalities, and other jurisdictional entities, as well as for private corporations, non-profit agencies, and community organizations,” the MV website says.

Veolia Transportation

Veolia Transportation says it is “the largest private provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America.”

The company website says “we provide safe and sustainable mobility solutions to cities, transit authorities, countries, airports, companies and universities. We operate 200 contracts in bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle and taxi services.”

The business is a subsidiary of French-based Veolia Environment, which traces its roots to 1853 as Company Générale des Eaux.