The City of Pasadena, Calif., Renews First Transit Contract

CINCINNATI, July 13, 2009—First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has successfully renewed its contract for fixed route and paratransit services for The City of Pasadena, Calif., effective July 1, 2009. First Transit is part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, North America's largest transportation company.

The contract is a 5-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a 36-bus fleet to service Pasadena's fixed-route Area Rapid Transit System and Dial-A-Ride paratransit services. Combined ridership for these services is more than 1.75 million passengers.

"First Transit is pleased to continue its relationship with the City of Pasadena," said Brad Thomas, President of First Transit and First Services. "With 86 employees dedicated to the Area Rapid Transit System and Dial-A-Ride programs, First Transit is fully committed to providing safe, efficient public transportation services on which the people of Pasadena can rely."

"First Transit has been a vital part of our transportation team, and we know that with their professionalism and support we will be successful in meeting the community's needs," said Catherine Cole, Transit Manager for the City of Pasadena.

First Transit works closely with its customers to develop expert, customized solutions to fit their specific passenger transportation and budget needs. From complete operations and transit management services to comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs, First Transit provides its fixed-route, paratransit and shuttle transportation customers with innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. FirstGroup America is the recipient of the National Safety Council's Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and for improving the quality of life in communities where its employees work and live. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. First Transit employs more than 14,000 dedicated transit professionals.