MV Transportation Wins $133m Contract - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

MV Transportation (No. 10 on the be industrial/service 100 list with $430.5 million in sales) has snared a $133 million contract to operate 139 fixed-route buses in California’s San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. The contract with Foothill Transit will drive MV Transportation’s revenues past the $500 million mark, making the Fairfield, California-based transportation management firm one of the nation’s largest privately held municipal bus operators.

“We were selected for this contract even though we were not the lowest bidder,” says Jon Monson, MV’s chief executive officer. “We demonstrated our ability to provide high-quality service. “We’ve reduced turnover and added a lot more mechanics to Foothill’s Irwindale facility,” continues Monson. “By paying workers better, it allows us to improve service.”

MV employs more than 11,000 transit professionals and operates more than 7,000 vehicles in 27 states nationwide. At the Irwindale facility, the company manages almost 400 workers and operates 115 buses, most powered by compressed natural gas. CNG is the most widely used alternative fuel in transit bus fleets. Some exp Marcia A. Wade erts debate the cost efficiency of CNG when used for bus fleets but recognize that it benefits air quality. Natural gas vehicles are clean burning and produce significantly fewer harmful emissions than gasoline or diesel.

“MV has grown into a formidable leader in the transportation industry that takes care of its employees and is committed to the communities it serves,” says Julie Cunningham, CEO of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, which named the company Corporate Citizen of the Year at its annual conference last June.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.