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A school bus service based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's First Student (United States) page on 14 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

First Student, a division of FirstGroup America, is a brand used by the Scottish transport company FirstGroup for student transport in the United States. According to the company's website, it is the largest provider of school bus services in the United States. The company operates in 39 US states.

With a workforce of 50,500 employees and a fleet of 44,000 vehicles, First Student transports approximately 5 million students daily. The company bus fleet drives over 550 million miles every year. First Student is the first school bus operator to integrate Zonar, an electronic fleet-management software program, into its fleet.

First Student was created in 1999 when FirstGroup acquired the student transportation division of Ryder. During the next decade, the company expanded through the acquisition of other school bus contractors.

By 2007, FirstGroup had built the First Student network into one of the largest school bus contractors in the United States, and in the same year, the company acquired Laidlaw in a merger, taking over its school transportation operations as well.

The First Student brand has since been expanded into the UK, where First Student UK provides new student transportation services.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
21 March 2003First Student Partners with MADDFirst Student, Inc.
5 December 2003First Student's "Fill the Bus" Program Benefits California Wildfire VictimsFirst Student, Inc.


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