First Transit Encourages Incoming College Students to Connect with University Transit

Contact: Maurice Harris

First Transit encourages incoming college students to connect with university transit

Leading technology tracks shuttles and on-board USB charging provides portable power

College students are packing up and heading to campuses all across North America. Once parents, relatives and friends have waved their goodbyes at the entrance gates, many students discover a new challenge, getting around without a car. The good news is First Transit, a leading provider of transit management services, is behind many of the top universities’ transportation programs and offers key insights for first-time shuttle riders.

First Transit has assisted many of its college and university partners with technology solutions, such as Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) software and on-board USB charging stations, to make buses more convenient and accessible for students in motion.

Scott Conroy, director of operations, explains, “Rutgers University and the University of Tennessee, for example, have apps for their university services through which students can access their bus routes. The AVL technology, which First Transit helped implement, allows students to pinpoint the location of their shuttle and expected arrival time.”

Conroy continues, “Many of the colleges and universities we serve are progressive about minimizing their environmental footprint, and most have very limited space on campus for vehicles. Campus transit is the one of the best ways to create a pedestrian-friendly core and reduce the carbon footprint.”

First Transit is the largest provider of university transportation services, operating in 26 colleges and universities throughout North America. Students utilizing campus shuttle services for the first time are encouraged to visit their institution’s web site for more information—and to browse iTunes and the Google Play Store for the institution’s app!

About First Transit

For more than 50 years First Transit, Inc. has worked “to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering.” A division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America, First Transit operates and manages more than 11,000 buses for transit authorities, state and federal agencies, municipal organizations, colleges and universities, and private companies across North America. Parent corporation FirstGroup plc, is traded on FTSE as “FGP.” For more information, visit