City of Phoenix Keeps First Transit as Operator of West Transit Facility

For Release April 1, 2013
Contact: Timothy Stokes

City of Phoenix Keeps First Transit as Operator of West Transit Facility

First Transit to operate fixed-route service.

CINCINNATI—First Transit, the leading provider of transit management and contracting services, was recently retained by the City of Phoenix to continue operating and managing its fixed-route service. With this extension, the company will continue overseeing 375 employees and operating 146 vehicles throughout the city. Currently, First Transit transports more than 12.8 million riders within Phoenix and the neighboring communities of Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria and Scottsdale. 

“We value our partnership with the City of Phoenix,” said Marc Perla, General Manager, First Transit. “We look forward to continuing to grow within the city and providing passengers with safe, efficient and reliable transit services for the next five years. The decision by The City of Phoenix’s Public Transit Department shows their trust in First Transit and we are grateful for their confidence in our practices and the dedicated employees we have.” 

The contract will be for five years and takes effect July 1, 2013.

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 or follow us on Twitter at