First Transit encourages incoming college students to connect with university transit

First Transit encourages incoming college students to connect with university

Leading technology tracks shuttles and on-board USB charging provides portable

PR Newswire

CINCINNATI, July 9, 2013

CINCINNATI, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --College students are packing up and
heading to campuses all across North America. Once parents, relatives and
friends have waved their goodbyes at the entrance gates, many students
discover a new challenge, getting around without a car. The good news is First
Transit, a leading provider of transit management services, is behind many of
the top universities' transportation programs and offers key insights for
first-time shuttle riders.

First Transit has assisted many of its college and university partners with
technology solutions, such as Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) software and
on-board USB charging stations, to make buses more convenient and accessible
for students in motion.

Scott Conroy, director of operations, explains, "Rutgers University and the
University of Tennessee, for example, have apps for their university services
through which students can access their bus routes. The AVL technology, which
First Transit helped implement, allows students to pinpoint the location of
their shuttle and expected arrival time."

Conroy continues, "Many of the colleges and universities we serve are
progressive about minimizing their environmental footprint, and most have very
limited space on campus for vehicles. Campus transit is one of the best ways
to create a pedestrian-friendly core and reduce the carbon footprint."

First Transit is the largest provider of university transportation services,
operating in 26 colleges and universities throughout North America. Students
utilizing campus shuttle services for the first time are encouraged to visit
their institution's web site for more information—and to browse iTunes and the
Google Play Store for the institution's app!

About First Transit
For more than 50 years First Transit, Inc. has worked "to provide solutions
for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities
prospering." A division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America, First
Transit operates and manages more than 11,000 buses for transit authorities,
state and federal agencies, municipal organizations, colleges and
universities, and private companies across North America. Parent corporation
FirstGroup plc, is traded on FTSE as "FGP." For more information, visit

SOURCE First Transit

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