First Transit Renews Management Agreement with Jackson, TN

CINCINNATI, OH – First Transit successfully renewed its management contract with the Jackson Transit Authority in Tennessee.  The Jackson Transit Authority has been a customer of First Transit’s since 1987.  Under this contract, First Transit provides the JTA with a General Manager, Johnnie Gullett. 

The JTA has 17 fixed route buses, 6 paratransit vehicles and 5 maintenance vehicles.  They offer both a fixed route and paratransit service.  Annual ridership on JTA is about 480,000.  The Authority employs 31 operations people, 7 maintenance workers and 3 administrative personnel.  They operate under a capital budget of about $5.4 million.  The JTA management contract is supported by First Transit’s Senior Vice President Rick Dunning and Region Vice President Frank Tobey. 

On October 1, 2007, 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.