Estuary Transit District Receives Rural System of the Year Award

FOR RELEASE June 13, 2011
Contact: Timothy Stokes

 Estuary Transit District Receives Rural System of the Year Award  

First Transit-managed location recognized by CTAA.

CINCINNATI— On Wednesday, June 8, First Transit-managed Estuary Transit District in Centerbrook, Conn., received the Rural System of the Year award at this year’s Community Transportation Association Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. The Community of Transportation Association of America (CTAA), celebrating its 25-year anniversary, organized the event. This award is given each year to the transportation agency that provides service in an urban area with a population of less than 50,000. The award is given to a transit operation that has presented innovative and creative services within the community, and has displayed exceptional responsiveness to its customers’ and community needs.

“This is a great honor and we are very proud to have received this award,” said Joe Comerford, executive director, Estuary Transit District/First Transit. “This was a group effort and I greatly appreciate the work my staff has done over the years to achieve this recognition.”

First Transit has managed fixed-route and paratransit service for the organization since January of 2009.

“I am very proud of the strong leadership and initiative put forth by Joe and congratulate the staff at Estuary Transit District,” said Brad Thomas, president, First Transit and First Services. “Our goal as a company is to continually provide our customers with safe, efficient and innovative services. This achievement is a great success and should be held as an example for all First Transit and First Services locations to strive and follow.” 

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc. - a division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America - is a leading provider of transit management and contracting services. With more than 50 years of experience, First Transit operates and manages nearly 11,000 buses for transit authorities, state and federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies across North America. The safety and security of its passengers is the company’s core value, and FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. For more information, visitwww.firsttransit.comor follow the company on Twitter at