First Transit Leads Innovation with Technology Solutions for Transit Agencies

CINCINNATI – In line with First Transit’s leading position in innovation, the company announces partnerships with three technology solution companies: Optibus, Bishop Peak Technology and Geotab.

These partnerships improve the quality of information available to help transit customers manage and enhance their operations through real-time insight into vehicle and driver performance.

  • Optibus uses advanced data analytics to reduce the time required to develop and improve the reliability of schedules while optimizing driver and vehicle hours.
  • Bishop Peak Technology gives a comprehensive data-driven system to manage service making immediate schedule changes to alleviate disruption. It serves as foundational technology to push notifications to riders’ mobile devices, transit websites and available smart signage at transit stops.
  • Geotab provides a complete view of vehicle information, trip history, vehicle idle times, and facilitates dispatching capabilities within the Bishop Peak application.

“Partnerships like these allow First Transit to provide our customers access to integrated, actionable data to improve operational efficiency and the passengers’ experience,” says Christina Bock, director of operations support at First Transit. “Our customers are looking for solutions. As transit technology experts and consultants, we want to provide those solutions.” 

First Transit has started to install these technologies at locations across North America.

First Transit will be at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo Conference in Atlanta, Ga., from October 8 through October 11 at booth 8067.

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


About Optibus:
Optibus enables a better public transportation system by offering cutting-edge solutions for efficient and real time scheduling and control. Optibus develops and implements the Optibize™ technology, a super-fast proprietary optimization engine, which powers the first ever real-time interactive scheduling solution for public transportation operators, while saving millions of dollars for bus operators. Optibus' disruptive technology will completely transform public transportation as autonomous buses are introduced, and flexible, on-demand service becomes a reality.

About Bishop Peak Technology:
Bishop Peak Technology, Inc. is a developer of industry-leading intelligent transportation systems. Based on the principle of beautifully intuitive design, the company was one of the first software companies to create transit-specific mobile applications. Founded in 2011 by engineering students (now graduates) from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Bishop Peak Technology’s systems have been successfully deployed to numerous fixed route transit systems around the country and continues to set the standard for transit software.

About Geotab:
Geotab securely connects commercial vehicles to the internet, providing advanced web-based analytics to better manage your fleet. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with a company's other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing more than 1 billion data points a day, Geotab leverages big data and machine learning to improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve stronger compliance to regulatory changes. The company's products are represented and sold worldwide through its Authorized Geotab Resellers. To learn more, please visit