Brad Thomas Named President of First Transit and First Services

CINCINNATI, OH— FirstGroup America, the largest public transportation company in North America, today announced the appointment of Brad Thomas as President of First Transit and First Services, leading service providers in public transit and large fleet maintenance.

Thomas joined FirstGroup America in 2003 when First Transit acquired Coach USA Transit Services, where he served as President. Previously, Thomas served as a Senior Vice President for First Transit.He plans to strengthen the value propositions of both divisions by delivering safe, reliable and sustainable transportation services.

"In these current economic times and with people focused on more environmentally friendly transportation, we have great opportunities in the transportation services we offer," said Thomas. "We provide a diverse range of transportation services and I am excited about leading this business."

"With 16 years in the transit industry, Brad brings a wealth of experience to lead two important divisions of FirstGroup America," said Mike Murray, President and CEO of FirstGroup America. "His knowledge of the industry, vision for growth and dedication to safety are tremendous assets that will serve us well."

Brad and his family are relocating to Cincinnati.

About FirstGroup America
FirstGroup America, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is North America's largest transportation company. With 100,000 employees, FirstGroup America operates First Student, the largest provider of student transportation in the U.S. and Canada; First Transit, a leading provider of transit management and contracting services; First Services, the largest private sector provider of fleet maintenance services, and Greyhound bus lines. Parent corporation FirstGroup plc, is traded on the London Stock Exchange and serves more than 2.5 billion passengers each year throughout the UK and North America. For more information, visit