UK Contractor Go-Ahead Leaving U.S. Market After Losing Bid to Renew Contract

Source: Ryan Gray, School Transportation News, May 15, 2014

A joint venture between Chicago-area school bus contractor Cook-Illinois Corporation and British transport group Go-Ahead is ending this summer after the latter lost a contract bid to renew service in St. Louis, Mo…..
School bus contractor closing St. Louis operations
Source: Jacob Kirn, St. Louis Business Journal, May 9, 2014

Bus service operator Go-Ahead North America is closing its St. Louis operations, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the state. Go-Ahead is currently under contract with the nonprofit Voluntary Inderdistrict Choice Corp. (VICC) to provide school bus transportation for students participating in the St. Louis metro area’s desegregation program. VICC oversees implementation of the program, including facilitating transfers of students in the city of St. Louis to suburban school districts and suburban students to city magnet schools. … Two other operators, Durham Bus Service and Missouri Central, which also currently provide VICC transportation, will take Go-Ahead’s routes after that date, Glaser said. Glaser said Go-Ahead employs about 90 drivers for its VICC routes but that he hoped some of those drivers would be hired by Durham and Missouri Central. … Glaser said Go-Ahead’s current multiyear contract with VICC was worth $6 million or $7 million per year. He said the company’s bid for the next contract was 10 percent higher, leading VICC to reject it. … Oak Forest, Ill.-based Go-Ahead North America was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between Oak Brook, Illinois-based school bus operator Cook-Illinois Corp. and U.K.-based Go-Ahead Group plc to pursue school bus service contracts. ….