May 28, 2008

First Student Signs New Contract for Student Transportation Services With Houston Charter Schools

CINCINNATI, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- First Student, Inc., the nation's leader in student transportation, has been awarded the contract to provide school bus service to students of the Kipp Houston and Yes Prep Charter Schools in Houston. The contract is a five-year, full-service agreement that includes operation of 70 school bus routes and a fleet of 87 vehicles.

"We are pleased to be beginning this new relationship with Kipp Houston and Yes Prep Charter Schools," says Bob Thompson, business development manager at First Student. "We are committed to providing safe, efficient and dependable transportation for these students."

"Safety is our core value at First Student," says Carey Paster, CEO and President Sales, Marketing & Commercial Development of FirstGroup America. "Our drivers are highly trained professionals who must meet extensive requirements before they are cleared to drive a First Student bus, including passing a comprehensive background check, substance screen and full DOT physical exam. In addition, drivers must complete more than 50 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training. As a leader in the industry, First Student was the first school bus operator to install front safety crossing gates and an anti-theft, electronic child reminder system as standard equipment on its buses.

"At First Student, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the children entrusted to us on our buses each day," said Paster.

First Student, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of FirstGroup America, is the largest provider of school bus transportation in North America. With a fleet of 60,000 yellow school buses, First Student safely transports nearly 4 million students to and from school every day across the U.S. and Canada. First Student is dedicated to providing the safest and most efficient student transportation service in North America. For more information, please visit

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CONTACT: Kimberly Mulcahy, +1-630-393-0732, for First Student, Inc.

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