First Transit to Operate Paratransit Service for the RTC in Reno

For Release May 10, 2010

Contact: Timothy Stokes

Maureen Richmond

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First Transit to Operate Paratransit Service for the Regional Transportation Commission

New five-year paratransit contract with the RTC begins July 1

CINCINNATI—First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has been awarded a five-year management contract for Reno’s Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) paratransit services. First Transit will begin management of the $30.4 million contract on July 1.

Since 1978, First Transit has provided service to the residents of Reno through its fixed route services. This announcement confirms First Transit’s commitment to providing efficient and sustainable transportation services for RTC and their customers.

“We look forward to working with the staff at ACCESS, local agencies and the riders to create a World Class ACCESS paratransit service to complement the World Class RTC Public fixed route transportation system,” said Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services. “We greatly value the RTC and its dedication to providing safe and efficient transportation services. We look forward to an expanded partnership.”

First Transit works closely with its customers to develop customized solutions to fit their specific passenger transportation and budget needs. 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 safe, 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. 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/FirstGrpAmerica.