On Thurs., June 30, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) named First Transit-managed Sun Metro in El Paso, Texas as its Outstanding Transportation System of 2011. Sun Metro won the award in the medium-size category of transit systems that provide between four million and 30 million rides annually. APTA presents this award to a transit operation that exhibits achievement in efficiency and effectiveness.
"We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from APTA," said Jay Banasiak, director, Sun Metro/First Transit. "This accomplishment was won as a team and I can't say how appreciative I am of all the hard work and dedication the staff has put forward. With our aggressive plans to develop two rapid transit corridors by 2013 and two more between 2015 and 2016, we will only become an even better system."
First Transit manages the operation of 232 fixed-route and paratransit vehicles, and more than 650 employees. The company has managed transit operations for Sun Metro since 2006.