First Transit Managers Among Mass Transit's 40 Under 40

Mass Transit, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation, today announced its fifth annual Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list, honoring those professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry.  The 40 Under 40 professionals, all of whom are nominated by their peers, are evaluated on criteria that include job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement within his or her position and innovation in his or her field.

Among this year’s 40 Under 40:  Shawn A. Chavira, Operations Manager, First Transit/Foothill Transit in Los Angeles, CA; and, Christine B. Rhoads, Sr. Manager of Employee Engagement and Retention, First Transit, Cincinnati, OH. Brad Thomas, President, First Transit and First Services stated. “We are very pleased that members of our management team have been recognized by their own industry peers and have been named to this year’s Top 40 Under 40. We congratulate Christine and Shawn for the significant contributions they make not only to the ongoing success of First Transit, but also to our industry as a whole.”

This year’s 40 Under 40 winners will be showcased in the September/October cover feature of Mass Transitmagazine, as well as online at