CINCINNATI – First Transit announces the appointment of Rashidi Barnes as director of business development for mobility-as-a-service (MaaS). In this newly developed role, Barnes will be responsible for bringing integrated mobility solutions to First Transit’s customers across North America.
“Rashidi’s skills in both transportation and emerging technologies will play a big part in our ability to continue to bring innovative solutions to our customers,” said Justin Pate, senior vice president of marketing and business development for First Transit. “His experience will be an invaluable addition to our team.”
Barnes has more than 14 years of transportation experience in areas such as innovation, procurement, business development, and leadership. His past roles include serving as director of procurement at Foothill Transit and the western sales manager for the Transit Marketing Group. He most recently was the director of innovation and shared mobility and senior manager of transportation at Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCTA) in Concord, California.
Barnes was selected as a Mass Transit Magazine 40 Under 40 winner in 2015 and graduated from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Leadership Program in 2011. Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s of science degree in transportation management from San Jose State University.
Barnes and the First Transit team will be at the APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference in Tampa, Fla., from May 6 through May 9.
About First Transit:
First Transit, Inc. has 60 years of experience and is one of the largest private-sector providers of mobility solutions in North America moving more than 350 million passengers annually. First Transit, Inc. provides operation, management and consulting for more than 300 locations in 39 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama and India for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, municipalities, hospitals, universities and private companies. First Transit employs more than 19,500 dedicated transit professionals. For additional information, please visit FirstTransit.com.