City of Monroe Transit System Lauded for Pollution Prevention Efforts in Monroe, LA

CINCINNATI, August 13, 2009—The City of Monroe Transit System, managed by First Transit - the leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States, was recently awarded the 2009 Environmental Leadership Program Municipality Achievement Award in pollution prevention by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services, is focused on continuing First Transit's innovative work in the environmental arena. "I am extremely proud of the work Monroe Transit has put into their operations and happy to be recognized for our contributions," Thomas said. "By using innovative technology to improve the environmental impact, we can ultimately contribute to keeping our planet clean while continuing to provide efficient and reliable service."

By introducing the use of biodiesel fuel, purchasing buses with particulate filters and low emission vehicle ratings, and promoting the benefits of transit ridership, Monroe Transit has drastically improved air quality in their area and been an example of what it takes to be environmentally conscious.

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.