First Transit Signs New Contract with Dutchess County, NY

CINCINNATI, OH— First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has been awarded the contract for the management of the Dutchess County public transit system in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., beginning January 2009. First Transit is part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, North America's largest transportation company.

The contract is a 4-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of 42 fixed route and paratransit buses and 85 employees serving the residents of and visitors to Dutchess County, including the feeder routes to the Metro North Railroad.

"First Transit works closely with its customers to develop expert, customized solutions to fit their specific passenger transportation needs," said Linda Bell, President of First Transit and First Services. "We are dedicated to providing safe, efficient transportation services the Dutchess County transit system can depend on and will strive to exceed their expectations."

From complete operations and transit management services to comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs, First Transit provides its fixed-route, paratransit and shuttle transportation customers with innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions.

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. FirstGroup America is the recipient of the National Safety Council's Green Cross for Safety Medal, in recognition of its strong safety culture, commitment to its core values of safety and customer service, and its outstanding safety record. 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. First Transit employs more than 14,000 dedicated transit professionals.