Seneca Nation of Indians rates First Transit highest in safety, service

FOR RELEASE June 6, 2013
Contact: Maurice Harris
513.362.4600

Seneca Nation of Indians rates First Transit highest in safety, service

CINCINNATI, OH – Communities along the 60-mile stretch between Irving and Salamanca, N.Y. can expect greater mobility thanks to a partership between the Seneca Nation of Indians and First Transit. Beginning July 1, 2013, First Transit will begin operating a two-bus route under a contract with the largest Native American nation in New York State.

First Transit entered the surrounding Allegany and Cattaraugus counties when it began administering transportation for Olean Area Transit Services (OATS) in 2009. It was in 2011 that the Seneca Nation of Indians took notice of the company’s efficiency and customer service when they collaborated with the City of Olean to operate a service extension between Olean and Salamanca, explained General Manager Tom Donnarumma.

He continued, “We are especially pleased to debut an independent transportation solution for the Seneca Nation of Indians and look forward to transporting as many as 1,100 to 1,500 riders per month along the new route.”

First Transit scored overwhelmingly high in the bid for the one-year agreement, succeeding in a competitive rating process that included such categories as safety and service.

About First Transit

First Transit, Inc. - a division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America - is a leading provider of transit management and contracting services. With more than 50 years of experience, First Transit operates and manages nearly 11,000 buses for transit authorities, state and federal agencies, municipal organizations, colleges and universities, and private companies across North America. The safety and security of its passengers is the company’s core value, and the organization has been recognized by the National Safety Council for its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. For more information, visitwww.firsttransit.com or follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.