Dade County Aviation Department Stays with First Transit

Cincinnati, OH – The Dade County Aviation Department voted to maintain their relationship with First Transit to operate their shuttle service at the Miami International Airport, a relationship that started in 1997.  First Transit successfully renewed their contract for another 10 years, keeping this partnership going until at least 2018.  This contract has an annual value of about $500,000.

Bill Sowards will remain the General Manager for the Miami Airport shuttle services, and Derrick Hall will remain the Assistant General Manager/Operations Manager.  First Transit employs 70 transit professionals that operate and maintain 34 vehicles at the airport.  Ridership on the shuttle is about 6 million each year.  The Miami Airport is one of 8 airport shuttle contracts that First Transit operates.  This contract has regional assistance from Senior Vice President Brad Thomas and Region Vice President Scott Conroy. 

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.