University of Texas at El Paso Awards Contract to First Transit

CINCINNATI, OH – First Transit increased their campus shuttle portfolio with the addition of the University of Texas at El Paso.  This contract started September 1, 2007 and runs for seven years.  UTEP has an annual ridership of 3,000 students on 11 vehicles and 24 employees.  The contract with UTEP has a first year value of about $1 million.

Effective October 15, Karen Walton will take over the reins as the General Manager for this contract, utilizing her experience as Assistant Director at Sun Metro. This contract fits in nicely with Sun Metro, the transit system in El Paso, TX currently contracted with First Transit.  Sun Metro has a ridership over 12 million a year on fixed route and paratransit services. 

Region Vice President and Director of Business Development for Shuttle Markets Rick Pulido has “been impressed with First Transit’s work in El Paso, and is happy that we could expand service to the University.  First Transit has shown great progress in the shuttle market, especially in the university setting. “

On October 1, FirstGroup plc, First Transit’s parent company, announced the close of the acquisition of Laidlaw International, Inc.  Subsequently, Laidlaw Transit Services became a part of First Transit.  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, now providing operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 45 states, Canada and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations, and private companies. First Transit employs more than 13,000 dedicated transit professionals.