First Transit Begins Paratransit Work in Florida

CINCINNATI, OH – First Transit expanded its presence in Florida with the award by the Jacksonville Transit Authority for Connexion ADA and non-ADA paratransit services.  This contract is good for 3 years with 4-one year options available.  Service began on November 1 operating a 60 bus paratransit service for the JTA.  This contract is valued at $4.8 million for year one.

Ron Williams will serve as the General Manager for the CTC Carrier Service.  He has worked in the transit industry for almost 10 years, most recently as General Manager in Cleveland, OH.  Williams has been in direct supervision of over 200 drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and administrative staff.  He is joined in Jacksonville by Mary Campbell, Assistant General Manager of Operations.  She has experience in ADA paratransit as well as non-ADA and general public dial-a-ride services.  Ms. Campbell has worked with First Transit for the past 4 years as a manager for paratransit services.  James Moore completes the First Transit team in Jacksonville as the Director of Safety and Training.  His previous position in Dallas, TX as a Certified Public Transit Inspector gives him tremendous experience to add to Connexion.

This is First Transit’s first paratransit contract in the State of Florida.  David Braun, Director of Business Development for paratransit is “excited to break into a market that has been dominated by competitors for a long time.  I am confident in the First Transit team taking over the Connexion paratransit service in Jacksonville.”

On October 1, FirstGroup plc, First Transit’s parent company, announced the close of the acquisition of Laidlaw International, Inc.  Subsequently, Laidlaw Transit Services became a part of First Transit.  First Transit, Inc. has more than 51 years of experience and is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States, now providing operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 45 states, Canada and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations, and private companies. First Transit employs and manages more than 20,000 dedicated transit professionals.