First Transit Wants You to Do Your Part for Earth Day and Every Day

For Release April 18, 2011
Contact: Timothy Stokes
513.362.4600

 First Transit Wants You to Do Your Part for Earth Day and Every Day

The use of public transportation generally saves the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

CINCINNATI— First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services celebrates Earth Day this year by encouraging Americans to use public transportation to help improve their community’s environment.

 Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment. It is celebrated in 175 countries every year and has been a recognized event for more than 40 years.

 *Green Public Transportation Facts:

  • The use of public transportation generally saves the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.
  • Households located near public transit facilities drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit, reducing an individual household’s gasoline use by 223 gallons per year.
  • One person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by more than 4,800 pounds in a year.

 *Facts from the American Public Transportation Association

 This year, several of the 226 First Transit-managed and -operated locations, are providing free bus service and educating the public about local transportation services in their area during the week of April 22 in celebration of Earth Day.

 “I am pleased with the efforts many of our locations are making to educate their communities on the environmental benefits of public transportation,” said Brad Thomas, president, First Transit and First Vehicle Services. “By celebrating this event at our locations we hope to highlight how easy it is to make greener lifestyle choices, such as utilizing local public transit systems.”

 About First Transit

First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.comor follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmericaand ‘Like’ us atfacebook.com/FirstGroupAmerica.