Dart Transit increases contractor rates in 2005

| 12/3/2004

Independent contractors at Minnesota-based Dart Transit Company will realize pay rate increases worth $2,400 to $4,200 a year in 2005, says David Oren, Executive Vice President.

The increases will become effective in the first quarter of 2005 for most of Dart’s operating options, and will be comprised of higher mileage rates and a fully paid base-plate package.

“These increases are coming on the heels of large pay rate increases in 2004 that were worth $3,200 to $5,000 a year to most of our contractors,” said Oren. “Adding the two increases together, Dart has raised contractor pay about $7,500 a year.”

Dart has operated with independent contractors for 70 years and is currently home to 2,200 independent owner-operators. Dart company officials report it has one of the strongest fuel discount and cost adjustment programs in the industry, allowing many of the company’s contractors to buy fuel at a net cost below $1 per gallon.