PACE Suburban Bus Service Renews Contract with First Transit for Paratransit Service

For Release August 24, 2010

Contact: Timothy Stokes



PACE Suburban Bus Service Renews Contract with First Transit for Paratransit Service


CINCINNATI PACE Suburban Bus Service in North Cook County has renewed their contract with First Transit, a leading private provider of transit management and contracting services, for an additional year. This contract is worth more than $5.9 million and extends the business relationship more than 25 years. First Transit oversees the operations of 60 paratransit vehicles and employs 125 individuals at this location. Annually, PACE transports more than 195,000 passengers throughout the city of Arlington Heights, Ill.

According to Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services, the safety and security of the passengers First Transit transports is a core value.

“Our long and tenured past with PACE has made our partnership strong and has allowed us the opportunity to provide exceptional paratransit service to the residents of Arlington Heights,” Thomas said. “As we look to move forward in this new extension of our contract, we plan to continue to provide the same safe and reliable service PACE riders rely on.”

First Transit provides complete operations and transit management services as well as comprehensive preventative maintenance and inspection programs to meet customer transportation and budgetary needs.

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. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. 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. For more information, visit www.firsttransit.comor follow us on Twitter at