First Transit

Cincinnati, OH 45202


About First Transit

A leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services. We offer solutions for fixed-route, paratransit, shuttle, call center, brokerages, bus line inspection, operation monitoring and more.


600 Vine Street
Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America

More Info on First Transit

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First Transit serves as a transportation partner, helping cities, municipalities, counties, universities, airports and more implement innovative, cost-effective fixed-route, paratransit, shuttle and call center operations; while delivering the highest safety and quality standards for your community.   

Contact us to learn how we can provide solutions that fit your community’s needs.

Products and Press Releases


Transdev begins new partnership with RTC of Southern Nevada July 1

RTC of Southern Nevada's fixed route transit services, as well as system safety and community engagement, will now be managed by Transdev after the original agreement was made...

OCTA’s OC ACCESS paratransit service resumes full service

The return to full service occurs two weeks after OC ACCESS drivers went on strike May 3 during the negotiations of a new contract between the drivers and Transdev.

OCTA to change contractors in June for OC Bus fixed-route service

The new contractors, Keolis Transit Services, LLC, will take over from First Transit and operate up to 40 percent of the OC Bus fixed-route service while allowing for additional...

CTDOT awards RATP Dev USA contract for management of Hartford, New Haven and Stamford divisions of CTTransit

The term of this agreement is for four years and includes two, two-year extensions exercisable by CTDOT.

First Transit and First Vehicle Services lead the way with ASE Blue Seal shops and master technicians

Aug. 11, 2022
In total, 554 First Transit and First Vehicle Services technicians are ASE certified and hold more than 3,800 certifications, plus 229 technicians hold master certifications.
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Shared Mobility

First Transit wins transportation shuttle contract for John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Jan. 14, 2022
First Transit will provide 30 employees, including management personnel overseeing day-to-day rental car transit operations.
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Autonomous Vehicles

First Transit operates Med City Mover connected autonomous vehicle pilot

Nov. 5, 2021
The pilot consists of two low-speed, automated, electric, multi-passenger shuttles operating in downtown Rochester, Minn.

EQT Infrastructure closes acquisition of First Student and First Transit

July 23, 2021
The deal brings together North America’s providers in school and public transportation with one of the world’s larger infrastructure investors.
Autonomous Vehicles

First Transit partners with Cyngn to expand autonomous mobility solutions

July 8, 2021
Cyngn’s AV stack combines in-vehicle sensors, domain adaptable software and additional hardware components, bringing autonomous capabilities to multiple industries and vehicle...

PSTA selects First Transit for 10-year paratransit contract

July 1, 2021
First Transit will provide 75 employees, including management personnel overseeing day-to-day paratransit operations, supply five cutaway vans and 53 wheelchair-accessible vehicles...

Articles & News

Headshots: Transdev
Laura Hendricks, left, will lead the combined Transdev and First Transit teams in the U.S. and Arthur Nicolet will lead the combined teams in Canada.

Transdev completes acquisition of First Transit

The acquisition has gained all U.S. and Canadian regulatory approvals and the companies are operating as a single entity under the leadership of Laura Hendricks in the U.S. and...
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Transdev to acquire First Transit

Transdev’s says its expertise in fixed route bus and presence in rail combined with First Transit’s complementary positions in shuttle services and paratransit will provide an...
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Top: A GreenPower zero-emission AV shuttle; Bottom: May Mobility's ADA-compliant Toyota Sienna equipped with its Autono-MaaS platform.
Autonomous Vehicles

AV news: goMARTI in Minnesota launches and WRTA selects partners for AV pilot

Rural America’s first ADA-compliant AV service starts in Minnesota, while northeast Ohio’s first AV pilot has all the partners in place for its upcoming launch.
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FirstGroup enters $4.6-billion agreement to sell First Student and First Transit to EQT Infrastructure

April 26, 2021
The private equity firm says it will invest in organizational, operational and digital technology to further distinguish the service offerings of the two divisions.
Damon Dash, General Manager, The Wave Transit System/First Transit
40 Under 40

2020 40 Under 40: Damon D. Dash

Aug. 18, 2020
Damon Dash, General Manager, The Wave Transit System/First Transit
Joe Petrie/Mass Transit
The Tempe bus garage was designs for natural gas vehicles. The buses are backed in so they can all be accessed from a common center aisle.

New Collection

Nov. 26, 2018
During the South West Transit Association's Freedom Through Transit Conference, attendees were treated to a tour of Valley Metro's bus maintenance facility in Tempe, Arizona.
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First Transit Executive Prediction 2011

Nov. 26, 2018
As we continue to work toward the new year, First Transit predicts that the industry will see: A continued trend toward contracting, with cities to outsource their transportation...
Michael C. Murray President Cincinnati, Ohio-based First Transit Inc.
Safety & Security

First Transit's Michael C. Murray

Nov. 26, 2018
Executive Predictions
Karl Nielsen
A four-story elliptical oculus skylight is encircled by an 180-foot-long LED screen displaying scrolling digital text, an installation by artist Jenny Holzer.

September-October: People & Places

Sept. 14, 2018
The latest industry and people news and updates.
Easymile’s EZ10 is a driverless, electric shuttle that can carry up to 12 people.

Special Report: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Aug. 15, 2018
An overview of the state of the industry as it relates to autonomous and connected vehicles.

Videos & Resources

Top 40 Specific Experience

2015's Top 40 Under 40: A Specific Experience That Led Them to Where They Are Today

Sept. 18, 2015
In their own words, the 2015 Top 40 Under 40 talk about a specific experience that led them to where they are today.
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2015 Top 40 Under 40: Natasha Rae Williams

Sept. 18, 2015
View 2015 recipient First Transit Manager of Recruitment and Employee Engagement Natasha Rae Williams talk about transit.
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Exhibit at APTA's Expo 2014

Sept. 7, 2012
Exhibit at the public transportation's premier showcase — APTA's Expo!
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Realizing Safety and Efficiencies through Contracting

March 26, 2012
NCTD worked closely with First Transit to establish a strategy to maximize efficiency by reforming the organization's management and operations.
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Communicating Change During Conversion

Jan. 23, 2012
NCTD and First Transit established their change communication with one goal in mind - To educated and retain employees, union reps and passengers about the decision to privatize...

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First Transit wins contract for mobility operations, maintenance services for MARTA

May 27, 2021
First Transit will be responsible for all aspects of dispatching, maintaining and operating a 192-vehicle fleet supporting paratransit services.
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First Transit awarded operations contract for JAC Transit in Carson City, Nevada

March 19, 2021
First Transit will be responsible for all fixed-route and paratransit services.
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Mobile Applications

First Transit partners with Moovit for MaaS solutions

Nov. 12, 2020
This is First Transit's first partnership with an MaaS-focused provider, enabling riders to plan, pay and ride via one app.
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Brad Thomas, chair, NATA

Brad Thomas named chair of North American Transit Alliance

Sept. 22, 2020
NATA aims to work with public transit agencies to help shape a future where public transportation is personal, equitable and highly sustainable.
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First Transit will deliver and operate two Polaris GEM autonomous shuttles custom-configured by Perrone Robotics using its TONY autonomy kit.
Autonomous Vehicles

US Ignite selects First Transit and Perrone Robotics as AV service provider for Fort Carson Smart Transportation Testbed

Aug. 5, 2020
First Transit will deliver and operate two autonomous shuttles for on-site rider transport.
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Dave Van Fossen

Dave Van Fossen retires after 40-year career in transit

Oct. 3, 2019
Van Fossen will retire from his position of east region vice president effective Dec. 31.
Safety & Security

First Transit launches Safe Wheels program

Sept. 27, 2019
First Transit has already replaced 15 mobility aid devices.
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First Transit names VP technology and innovation

Aug. 8, 2019
First Transit appointed Robert James as the organization’s first vice president of technology and innovation where he will report directly to the president. James will be responsible...
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Car Sharing

First Transit forms partnership with Lyft for wheelchair accessible vehicles

July 10, 2019
First Transit is partnering with Lyft to launch a pilot program that will provide on-demand wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) for those who use a fixed frame or non-collapsible...