Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky Renews Contract with First Transit

CINCINNATI, OH – On April 11, 2007 the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) Board of Directors voted to renew their management contract with First Transit. First Transit has managed TANK for 35 years. The awarded contract is for a period of three years with two, one-year options, effective July 1, 2007. TANK’s management team includes General Manager, Mary Lou Franzoni, Manager of Special Services, John Santavicca, and support from Vice President of Transit Management Services, John Woodford.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) has been managed since its inception in 1972 by First Transit. TANK is the successor system to the Cincinnati, Newport and Covington Transportation Company, known locally as the “Greenline”, and whose CEO, David L. Ringo, later established ATE Management & Service Company, the predecessor to First Transit. TANK operates fixed route, ADA paratransit and demand responsive services in the three Northern Kentucky counties and Cincinnati, Ohio. With a strong and diverse board leading a strategically planned effort, TANK achieved growth in annual ridership; currently at 3.8 million; and has experimented with new approaches to meet the changing travel demands of the community in recent years.

TANK operates 101 fixed route, 27 paratransit, and 11 maintenance vehicles. TANK provides two non-traditional services that supplement their fixed route and demand response services. These are the Southbank Shuttle and the DayTripper service for senior citizens. Both of these services have added life to TANK's public image and are services that truly speak to the needs of people living in and visiting the area.

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.