North County Transit District Awards Public Transportation Contract to First Transit

For Release January 28, 2010
Contact: Maureen Richmond
North County Transit District Awards Public Transportation Contract
 to First Transit
Seven-year agreement includes operations and maintenance of 165-vehicle fleet in
 North San Diego County
CINCINNATI—First Transit, Inc., a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, has been awarded a seven-year contract for bus operations, fleet and facility maintenance for the North County Transit District (NCTD). NCTD provides public transportation within North San Diego County to 12 million passengers annually. First Transit is part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, North America’s largest transportation company.
The public transit contract includes the operation, management and maintenance of NCTD’s 165-vehicle fleet. First Transit will assume operations on July 1, 2010 and is working closely with NCTD to develop a transition plan that will provide a seamless transfer of operations beginning in January. First Transit will give job priority to current NCTD employees who meet its driver requirements. NCTD’s LIFT Paratransit Services is also operated by First Transit.
“We look forward to serving customers of the NCTD and are committed to providing outstanding service, and safe and reliable transportation,” said Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services.
“NCTD and First Transit have a formed a successful partnership since First Transit began handling the operations of our LIFT paratransit service in 2007,” said NCTD Board Chair Bob Campbell. “We look forward to building on this productive relationship as we transition all our bus operations to First Transit.”
First Transit works closely with its customers to develop 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 safe, innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions.