Bringing Global Rail Expertise to North America

May 08, 2015

Keith Whalen
Senior Vice President
Business Development

First Transit is excited to be in partnership with our parent company, FirstGroup plc, to bring our world-class expertise in rail operations to North America.

As a leader and innovator in North American transit services for more than 50 years, our First Transit division of FirstGroup is proud to state that we have been – and remain – at the forefront of exciting new developments in public transportation. And we look forward to bringing yet another area of expertise to bear on North American public transit.

First Transit’s extensive experience has provided us with a unique and broad range of capabilities to directly support our customer’s service needs. Not only are we able to provide best-in-class service and operational excellence, but we are also able to leverage our global expertise to benefit local needs.

And when it comes to rail, we have plenty of global expertise to leverage.

Already one of the largest rail operators in the UK – and the only one to run every sort of railway, including long distance, regional, commuter and sleeper operations– FirstGroup carried 330 million passengers across the UK in 2013/14.

As one of the most experienced operators in the UK, FirstGroup is uniquely positioned to work with us at First Transit and our North American partners to add value and improve services. To illustrate our capacity for system operations and continuous improvement, our UK franchises have received more than 250 awards since 2005.

Across the UK, FirstGroup has proposed and delivered more than $1.3 in capital investment into our franchises since 2006. Since FirstGroup began running rail operations, we have introduced more than 740 additional vehicles across our various franchises, leading to the creation of new depot facilities, job opportunities and economic growth.

Across all of our rail operations, FirstGroup is working in tandem with industry partners and local stakeholders to provide better rail services, keep people moving and communities prospering.

Key facts

  • Transported 330 million passengers in 2013/14.
  • Operate 1,900 rolling stock vehicles.
  • 585 stations operated by FirstGroup.
  • 27,000 services a week run by the train companies FirstGroup operates.

We have a great track record in rail that has proven successful through different generations of rail franchising and across a range of passenger rail operations. We remain committed to retaining a leading position in the thriving UK rail market and leveraging our experience and expertise throughout North America.