FirstGroup America Sponsors Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon

CINCINNATI— FirstGroup America, the largest public transportation company in North America, will sponsor Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon this Sunday, and will provide First Student school buses to transport race participants for the second year in a row.The company, headquartered in Cincinnati, is also backing employee participation in the annual downtown fete to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this important Queen City tradition," said Mike Murray, President and CEO of FirstGroup America."I am proud to be a part of a company whose employees readily embrace opportunities to not only be involved in their community, but also give back by supporting causes like Children's Miracle Network."

"We are excited about having FirstGroup America return to the Flying Pig Marathon," said Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director of the marathon. "Their dedication and service to the 'Pig' is greatly appreciated."

First Student, a division of FirstGroup America and the largest student transportation provider in North America, will donate 40 buses and drivers to shuttle race participants between parking locations and the race start and finish areas.First Student was recently awarded the entire student transportation contract for Cincinnati Public Schools.

In addition to sponsoring the race and providing transportation, FirstGroup America employees, including a CEO and the CFO, will be participating in Sunday's events.In all, 35 employees from the company's downtown headquarters will run to raise money for the corporate charity, Children's Miracle Network.FirstGroup America supported participation by covering the registration fee.

FirstGroup America's core values of safety and customer satisfaction are evident through regular fleet investments, adoption of new technologies, and enactment of stringent safety policies and operational procedures.  FirstGroup was recently awarded the National Safety Council's 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of the Company's commitment to safety and for improving the quality of life in communities where its employees work and live. 

About FirstGroup America
FirstGroup America, headquartered in Cincinnati, 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.

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