FOR RELEASE September 27, 2010
Contact: Timothy Stokes
University of Minnesota’s Parking and Transportation Services Named Transit System of the Year
First Transit-operated system transports 3.8 million passengers annually.
CINCINNATI— On September 13, the University of Minnesota’s Parking and Transportation Services was recognized as the Transit System of the Year by the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA). The award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated achievement in efficiency and effectiveness including ridership, cost, safety, maintenance proficiency, agency policy and administration, and the achievement of an organization’s goals and objectives. First Transit has operated the campus shuttle since 2007. More than 3.8 million passengers ride the shuttle annually.
“We’re very proud to be a part of the University’s transportation service and we look forward to working together to provide safe and reliable transportation services for years to come,” said Paul Buharin, general manager, First Transit.
Established in 1975, the MPTA speaks out for transit systems and transit riders throughout the State of Minnesota. The MPTA advocates for high quality transit service for the community and working to increase transit funding.
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 and private companies across North America. The safety and security of its passengers is the company’s core value, and FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.comor follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.