CINCINNATI, OH – First Transit was awarded a contract for paratransit services in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The service for Tulsa Transit began on November 1, operating 30 paratransit vehicles. The contract is good for 2 years, valued at about $1.7 million each year. This is the first contract in the state of Oklahoma for First Transit.
Pat Riehle took the reins as General Manager for Tulsa Transit’s paratransit services. He has been working in paratransit operations for the last 6 years in the state of Missouri. During this time, Riehle was successful in designing and implementing a computer-assisted dispatch system (CAD) to improve response times, tracking and service interactions. He has a vast knowledge of all aspects of paratransit operations.
Don Swain, Vice President of Operations for First Transit said “service has gone very well for us, and the customer really likes what they are seeing. As an indicator of how well things are going, Friday, November 11 became the highest ridership day in the history of the service for Tulsa Transit’s Lift program. Special thanks go out to the region staff that helped in the startup of this contract.”
On October 1, 2007, 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 more than 13,000 dedicated transit professionals.