Sun Metro Named 2011’s Outstanding Transportation System by APTA

FOR RELEASE June 30, 2011
Contact: Timothy Stokes
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 Sun Metro Named 2011’s Outstanding
Transportation System by APTA

First Transit-managed location recognized in its sized category by APTA.

CINCINNATI— On Thursday, June 30, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) named First Transit-managed Sun Metro in El Paso, Texas as its Outstanding Transportation System of 2011. Sun Metro won the award in the medium-size category of transit systems that provide between four million and 30 million rides annually. APTA presents this award to a transit operation that exhibits achievement in efficiency and effectiveness.

“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from APTA,” said Jay Banasiak, director, Sun Metro/First Transit. “This accomplishment was won as a team and I can’t say how appreciative I am of all the hard work and dedication the staff has put forward. With our aggressive plans to develop two rapid transit corridors by 2013 and two more between 2015 and 2016, we will only become an even better system.”

First Transit manages the operation of 232 fixed-route and paratransit vehicles, and more than 650 employees. The company has managed transit operations for Sun Metro since 2006.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc. - a division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America - is a leading provider of transit management and contracting services. With more than 50 years of experience, First Transit operates and manages nearly 11,000 buses for transit authorities, state and federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies across North America. The safety and security of its passengers is the company’s core value, and FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. For more information, visitwww.firsttransit.comor follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.