First Transit Driver Reaches Safe Driving Milestone

FOR RELEASE April 11, 2011
Contact: Timothy Stokes
513.362.4600 

First Transit Driver Reaches Safe Driving Milestone

VacavilleCity Coach operator celebrates 10-years of safe driving for the City of Vacaville.

CINCINNATIFirst Transit, the leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, recognizes First Transit bus driver Edward Rogers for more than 10 years of safe driving. Since joining the company in 2000, Rogers has not had any traffic violations or preventable accidents.

Originally from Vacaville, Calif., Rogers operates a fixed-route schedule for the City of Vacaville’s transit operations, Vacaville City Coach. He has driven more than 40,000 miles and has safely transported more than 29,000 passengers throughout the city. Rogers contributes much of his success to the safety training he regularly receives from First Transit.

“First Transit’s safety training has been very beneficial to my success as a fixed-route operator,” Rogers said. “It has expanded my field of vision, made me aware of what is going on around me at all times and has made me a safer driver.”

First Transit drivers go through extensive training delivered by a First Transit Certified Instructor to establish safe driving skills. Drivers starting with the company are required to complete a comprehensive classroom curriculum and one-on-one (trainer/trainee) Behind-the-Wheel training before they are qualified to transport passengers. In addition, drivers continuously go through training each month throughout the year reviewing various safety topics. The safety and security of the passengers First Transit transports throughout its 226 locations in North America is its core value. By training each driver on safe and defensive driving techniques, First Transit is working to promote safety and responsibility throughout the company and the industry.

“I enjoy the opportunity to provide city residents with safe and reliable transportation services,” Rogers said. “Many residents rely on this service and it’s our responsibility as drivers to provide them exceptional service each day. I look forward to continually learning and providing a safe mode of transportation for my passengers.”

First Transit focuses heavily on the safety and security of its operations, its employees and the passengers it transports daily. The importance of safety is expressed daily to the 15,800 employees First Transit oversees.

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.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.