Mark Elias Joins First Transit as Region Vice President of Operations for the West Region


– First Transit, a leader in mobility solutions, announces the appointment of Mark Elias as region vice president of operations, effective August 1. In this role, Elias will focus on operations in the Northwest region.   

“Mark is a highly accomplished transportation executive with extensive experience in fixed-route, paratransit, school bus, and airport and university shuttle operations,” said Beverly Edwards, chief operating officer for First Transit. “His leadership and dedicated focus on the needs of customers make him an excellent addition to our team.”

Elias has more than 15 years of transportation experience in areas such as operations management, finance, legal, labor negotiations, technology innovation, customer engagement and leadership. He most recently was chief operations officer at Tire Disposal & Recycling. Prior to that, he was with MV Transportation Inc.

Elias earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon. Elias and his family reside in Vancouver, Washington.


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