Decatur Public Transit System Renews Contract with First Transit

CINCINNATI, OH – First Transit, Inc was awarded a one year renewal with a one year option agreement by The City of Decatur City Council to continue providing management services to the Decatur Public Transit System (DPTS) beginning July 1, 2007. First Transit has provided management services to DPTS since 1999. Richard Foiles will continue as General Manager for DPTS, with support from Area Vice President, Dennis Jensen.

DPTS is a division of the City of Decatur, IL and operates fifteen routes with seventeen daily pull-outs. Two of the routes use trolleys; one trolley provides free service on a circulator route in the downtown area; the second trolley operates between downtown and Millikin University. DPTS operates 27 fixed route and 6 paratransit vehicles, all are wheelchair accessible. Annual passenger increases of 6.5% have occurred since extensive route and schedule adjustments were made in 2002, with a current annual ridership of 1,122,000.

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, providing operation, management and consulting for nearly 150 systems in 42 states, Canada and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations, and private companies. First Transit employs more than 7,300 dedicated transit professionals.