First Student (United States)

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First Student
First Student logo.png
ICCE First Student Wallkill School Bus.jpg
(through acquisition of school bus business of Ryder)
Headquarters600 Vine Street, Ste. 1400
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Service areaUnited States
Service typeSchool bus, charter service
Fleet49,000 (March 2016)

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 out of 650 locations in 39 US states and eight Canadian provinces.[1]

With a workforce of 57,000 employees and a fleet of 48,000 vehicles, First Student transports approximately 6 million students daily.[1] The company bus fleet drives over 600 million miles every year.[1] First Student is the first school bus operator to integrate Zonar, an electronic fleet-management software program, into its fleet.[2]

Company history[edit]

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.

One bus has toured the country[which?] on trials.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c First Student in a snapshot First Student
  2. ^ "First Student To Equip Entire Fleet of 60,000 Vehicles With Zonar". (Press release). 1 May 2010. ...first as a pilot customer...
  3. ^ BBC News Video - "Bus boss explains yellow buses" Accessed 22 July 2008

External links[edit]

Media related to First Student buses at Wikimedia Commons