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The operations contract for VanGO, Charles County’s public transit service that operates both fixed route and specialized door-to-door programs, has been awarded to a new vendor, First Transit, the Charles County commissioners announced last week.

The current contract is expiring and per county policy the services were competitively bid in August. Five bids were received and First Transit was awarded the contract.

First Transit, an international transit operations firm, will assume operations at the start of business Nov. 1. The company is taking immediate steps to hire as many of the existing employees as possible.

“First Transit has an excellent reputation in the industry and is known for delivering high-quality service. We anticipate a seamless transition to this new contractor and look forward to working with them,” commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D) said in a news release.