For Release January 29, 2013
Contact: Timothy Stokes
Houston METRO to Continue Relationship with First Transit
First Transit to continue operations of fixed-route service.
CINCINNATI—First Transit, the leading provider of transit management and contracting services, was recently retained by the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) to continue operating and managing a portion of its fixed-route service. With this extension, the company will continue overseeing 450 employees and operating 200 vehicles throughout the city. Currently, each weekday more than 37,000 riders utilize the portion of METRO’s fixed-route service operated by First Transit
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Houston METRO,” said Beverly Edwards, Senior Vice President of the Central Region, First Transit. “Our primary goal has been and still is to provide METRO riders with a safe and reliable transit service, connecting them to major areas throughout the city. We value the transit authority’s trust in our service and look forward to continuing to be a part of the city.”
The contract will be for five years with two one-year options, and takes effect February 1, 2013.
First Transit provides complete operations and transit management services, as well as 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 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.