June 4, 2023

First Transit, which was acquired in October by Transdev, introduced it would lay off 422 Orange County staff subsequent month.

In a discover despatched to the California Employment Growth Division, the corporate mentioned 174 union and 7 non-union staff can be laid off from its Irvine operations, in addition to 224 union and 17-non-union staff in Anaheim.

The cuts are scheduled to start June 10.

In her discover to the EDD, First Transit Normal Supervisor Lorraine Lopez mentioned the corporate — which offers drivers by way of its contracts with varied transit businesses — “just lately misplaced a considerable service contract with a buyer that was supported by a number of positions.”

Lopez didn’t present further particulars. However Mass Transit journal reported earlier this 12 months that the corporate misplaced its bus-service contract with Orange County Transportation Authority, which had labored with First Transit since 2015. OCTA just lately switched to Keolis Transit Providers in a $286.3 million contract that takes impact June 11.

That contract — which is designed to avoid wasting OCTA cash — has an preliminary time period of 4 years, with two choices to resume the contract for an extra two years every. Keolis will function as much as 40% of the fixed-route bus service all through Orange County.

“We’re dedicated to creating this a easy transition to maintain our OC bus passengers transferring safely and effectively,” OCTA Chairman and Yorba Linda Mayor Gene Hernandez mentioned in an announcement.

Based in 1955, Cincinnati-based First Transit transported an estimated 300 million passengers yearly in North America previous to its acquisition. First Transit, like Transdev, doesn’t personal any passenger buses, though it offers drivers who preserve and function them.

The corporate’s Irvine location is situated at 6671 Marine Approach, and the Anaheim facility is at 1717 E. By way of Burton.

Transdev’s newly expanded U.S. presence consists of operations in 43 states, in addition to Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. The corporate now serves U.S. 400 cities and communities with 17,300 autos, 340 of that are electrical, and has an expanded workforce of 32,000.

When the corporate’s Canadian operations are added in, Transdev operates, manages and maintains greater than 50,000 autos all through the U.S. and Canada with greater than 35,000 staff.

The acquisition helps Transdev’s “Transferring Inexperienced” technique, which targets a 30% discount in greenhouse gasoline emissions and a 50% enhance in its different gasoline fleets (gasoline, biogas, biofuels, electrical, hydrogen) by 2030, in comparison with 2018 numbers.