First Transit Leads in Maintenance Locations with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

CINCINNATI – Demonstrating a commitment to setting the highest standards, First Transit announces that, to date, 55 of its locations have earned the Blue Seal of Excellence. The Blue Seal is given by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

To receive ASE's Blue Seal of Excellence, 75 percent of the service technicians at a location must be certified by ASE. In addition, there must be a certified technician in each area of service offered. 

The 55 First Transit locations received ASE’s Blue Seal certification for their achievement in recruiting the best employees, supporting their training, and providing the best equipment to maintain the vehicles.

These locations are among the more than 100 to have achieved Blue Seal status throughout FirstGroup America, the parent company of First Transit. FirstGroup America includes school-bus operator First Student, First Vehicle Services and Greyhound Lines, Inc. This is the most of any transportation company in North America.

“Our maintenance teams recognize the impact of the work they do every day,” says Todd Hawkins, First Transit senior vice president of maintenance. “The Blue Seal certification demonstrates our teams’ knowledge and training that’s required to diagnose problems precisely and accurately. Our goal is to maintain the vehicles properly and to the highest safety standards.”

ASE, an independent nonprofit organization, was created in 1972 to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. The Blue Seal of Excellence is the highest certification level given by the organization.

First Transit, in partnership with First Vehicle Services, maintains and provides vehicle maintenance services for more than 50,000 pieces of equipment including police and fire vehicles, buses, trains, and even Zambonis, the ice rink resurfacing machines.

The First Transit ASE Blue Seal locations include:

Phoenix, Ariz.*

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Durham, N.C.

Georgetown, S.C.

San Clemente, Calif.

Johnson City, Kan.

Camden, N.J.

Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Olathe, Kan.

Montgomery, N.J.

Sumter, S.C.

Denver, Colo.

Baltimore, Md.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Beaumont, Texas

Longmont, Colo.

Cecil County, Md.

Columbus, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Washington, D.C.

Gaithersburg, Md.*

Springfield, Ohio

Longview, Texas

Davie, Fla.

Monroe, Mich.

Xenia, Ohio

Sugarland, Texas

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Blaine, Minn.

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Loudon, Va.

Pensacola, Fla.

Burnsville, Minn.

Frankstown, Pa.

Williamsburg, Va.*

Augusta, Ga.

Minneapolis, Minn.*

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Woodbridge, Va.

Moultrie, Ga.

Rochester, Minn.

Newport, R.I.

Everett, Wash.

Savannah, Ga.

Roseville, Minn.

Beaufort, S.C.

Tacoma, Wash.

DuPage, Ill.

Kansas City, Mo.

Columbia, S.C.


*denotes two locations

About First Transit:
First Transit, Inc. has 60 years of experience and is one of the largest private-sector providers of mobility solutions in North America moving more than 350 million passengers annually. First Transit, Inc. provides operation, management and consulting for more than 300 locations in 39 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama and India for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, municipalities, hospitals, universities and private companies. First Transit employs more than 19,500 dedicated transit professionals. For additional information, please visit