WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Westchester County has formally issued a request for proposal (RFP) for future operation of the Bee-Line bus system, County Executive Rob Astorino announced.
The county, which owns the buses of the 59-route Bee-Line bus system, said operation of the system could begin as early as January.
The RFP includes two services, including the 56 routes that Liberty Lines currently operates and the three routes currently operated by PTLA in the Peekskill area, the release said.
The deadline to submit a RFP is Nov. 22. The county said it plans to award a bid by the end of this year. The RFP has been posted on the county’s website.
“Our Bee-Line bus system is Westchester County’s transportation backbone, serving about 100,000 riders a day,” said Astorino in a statement. “The RFP is designed to do two things: ensure dependable service and make sure we get it at the best price possible for riders and taxpayers.”
New contracts will be for five years, the release said. Companies can submit proposals for the 56-route portion of the Bee-Line system or the three-route portion, and if a company is interested in operating all 59 routes, it must submit two separate proposals, the county said.
In the event that a new company is selected for the larger contract, the county has been given authorization from the Federal Transportation Administration to ask Liberty Lines to manage the system under a bridge contract for up to one year to ensure a smooth transition to the new operator, the release said.