Alternate Concepts, Inc (ACI) is a mass-transit operations company that provides operations and maintenance support to some of the largest transit systems in the United States. ACI was founded in 1989 by three former executives at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), including James F. O’Leary, who was the General Manager of the MBTA from 1981 to 1989 and owns the company today. Headquartered in Boston, the company maintains strong ties to New England.
At its inception, ACI’s goal was to help transportation clients in both the public and private sectors creatively address financial and logistical challenges. In the quarter-century since, the company “has grown into a full service transit operator of heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail and bus transit services throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and prides itself on utilizing private sector efficiencies to manage within public sector constraints.” ACI provides services including train operations, vehicle and facility maintenance, service planning and scheduling, customer service, and much more. Its long and successful record “and attentiveness to client needs have resulted in positive relationships with leading transportation agencies” around the country.
Today, ACI works with agencies and organizations that include the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado, and the Valley Metro in Phoenix, Arizona. Through these and other contracts, the company is involved in moving over 122,000 trains and 24 million passengers annually. It also is the managing partner of Paul Revere Transportation, one of the largest private bus operators in the United States.
The New England Council welcomes Alternate Concepts, Inc and looks forward their active participation on our Transportation Committee.