November 5, 2012

Buffalo U. extends First Transit contract

The University at Buffalo renewed its university transit service contract with First Transit Inc.

Currently, First Transit operates 28 vehicles and oversees eight employees. The university’s shuttle service transports more than three million passengers annually.

In addition to the contract renewal, students, faculty and staff will now be riding on the newly designed buses to and from campus. The 28 new buses are Eldorado EZ Rider II heavy-duty transit buses. The buses are powered by biodiesel fuel and include the latest in clean engine technology to produce near zero emissions. Also included in this fleet is the DriveCam DC3 system, which monitors driving behavior to provide real time feedback and coaching data to improve safety and fuel economy.

Another technological addition to the buses is the Insight Street Eagle automated vehicle locator. This system allows First Transit and the university to monitor system performance and share bus location information with students. With this GPS based bus tracking system, students can monitor the location of their bus by using their mobile devices.

First Transit has provided service to the students of the University at Buffalo since 2007.

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