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Changes Proposed for County Paratransit Services

The Nevada County Transit Services Commission at their meeting March 20  could change the shape of how paratransit services are provided in the county.  For 13 years  Gold Country Telecare has had the contract to provide services for people with mobility issues to get to their doctors appoitments, shopping or work. Telecare is a non profit and owns the buses used to provide service.   According to Gold Country Telecare Board President Rick Hansen a  recent Request For Proposals to provide the service was so, in his words, poorly written, Gold Country Telecare did not bid on it.  The only company to successfully bid on the contract is   Paratransit Services   out of Bremerton Washington.

click to hear Rick Hanson

Hanson says the  only  successful  bidder  is requiring changes to the terms.  Hanson says Gold Country Telecare would like to see the RFP re-advertised.

click to hear Rick Hanson

Nevada County Public Works Director Steve Castleberry who oversees transit services says , Paratransit Services came  out on top of the two bids already  submitted. The website for Paratransit Services says they are “one of the largest Transportation and Interpreter Services brokers in Washington State, and also operate accessible public transit systems in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California.”

click to hear Steve Castleberry

The contract with Gold Country Telecare will expire on June 30th.

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