MTA paratransit deal goes to board committee 

A five-year, $118 million contract between the Municipal Transportation Agency and a private paratransit contractor could move forward on Wednesday.

The MTA, which operators Muni, has contracted out its paratransit service for the past 28 years, and it has proposed extending that service for another half-decade with Veolia Transportation Inc., a national  mobility group with ties to the Bay Area.

Veolia’s paratransit service would focus on transporting The City’s disabled and senior-citizen population.

The MTA’s board of directors has already approved the paratransit pact with Veolia, but because of the size of the contract, it must get an OK from the Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, the board’s Budget and Finance Committee will review the contract. If the three-person body approves the document, then it will go before the full Board of Supervisors for final authorization.

The five-year contract, which would expire on June 30, 2015, has an option to increase the agreement for an additional five years upon its completion.

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