Question - Does the number of vehicles that a contractor uses to provide service affect the number of vehicles in service during peak hours and determine whether you are considered a small or large provider? Should the contractor vehicles be counted with the vehicles that your agency directly operates?
Yes, FTA uses your agency’s number of Vehicles Operated in Annual Maximum Service (VOMS) to determine if your agency qualifies as a small public transportation provider. This includes both contracted and directly operated service.
Per the National Transit Database, VOMS is the number of revenue vehicles an agency and its contracted service providers operate to meet the annual maximum service requirement for any transit mode. For non-fixed-route modes, such as Demand Response and Vanpool, this is the largest number of vehicles in revenue service at any one time during the reporting year. Both contractor-owned vehicles and agency-owned vehicles are included when calculating VOMS.