City of Durham Awards Transit Management Contract to First Transit

For Release September 8, 2010

Contact: Timothy Stokes

Maureen Richmond

                                    513.362.4600 

City of Durham Awards Transit Management Contract to First Transit

 CINCINNATI The City of Durham recently announced that First Transit, Inc will manage the fixed-route operations for the Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA). DATA employs 155 employees and operates 72 transit vehicles, transporting 4.9 million passengers annually.

First Transit also operates and manages the city’s paratransit service with 54-vehicles, transporting more than 252,000 passengers annually.

This new contract, along with the recently renewed paratransit contract, will take affect October 1, extending First Transit’s 14-year relationship with the City of Durham.

First Transit is a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, providing complete operations and transit management services, comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs to meet customer transportation and budgetary needs.

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 226 locations in 45 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.