July 1, 2016
» The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is seeking an executive director/chief executive officer. [More]
» The San Joaquin Regional Transit District is looking for a chief operating officer. [More]
» Capital Area Transit, Harrisburg, PA, requests proposals for shared ride-ADA paratransit service. [More]
View more Classified Ads »
TO PLACE AN AD: E-mail the requested date(s) of publication to: ptads@apta.com. Mailing address is: Passenger Transport, 1300 I Street NW, Suite 1200 East, Washington, DC 20005. Ad copy is not accepted by phone. DEADLINE: 3 p.m. EST, Friday, one week prior to publication date. INFORMATION: Phone (202) 496-4877.

APTA Honors Agencies for Safety

APTA recognized rail agencies for their safety and security efforts as part of the Rail Rodeo and Safety and Security Awards Banquet June 19.

“Safety and security are front line issues,” APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall said. “Just like maintenance … skilled operations … and customer service, they impact everything we do … for our riders … our employees … and the communities we serve.”

The top honor is the Gold Award, which is given to agencies with the best overall rail safety or security program selected by an independent panel of judges. A Certificate of Merit is given to public transit systems in recognition of exceptional achievement in safety or security.

These agencies received Gold Awards:

* Maryland Transit Administration (Md. MTA), Heavy Rail Security, for its ZEUS (Zone Enforced Unified Sweeps) program, which has been effective in reducing crime on the subway;

* Md. MTA, Light Rail Safety, for its Railroad Worker Protection program, an effective tool to keep rail workers safe; and

* MTA Metro-North Railroad, Commuter Rail Safety, for the Enhanced Employee Protection System to protect wayside workers.

Two agencies received Certificates of Merit: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, Light Rail Safety, for its “Building on a Foundation of Safety” initiative, and Utah Transit Authority for its safety program titled “TRAX Light Rail Pedestrian Treatments and Enhancements.”

The judges determined the honorees based on four criteria: effectiveness, benefit level, innovation and transferability to other agencies. 

The Maryland Transit Administration—represented by Sean Adgerson, deputy chief operating officer-core support, center—received two Gold Awards, for heavy rail security and light rail safety, from APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall and Vice Chair Doran Barnes.
McCall and Barnes presented the Gold Award for commuter rail safety to Justin R. Vonashek, vice president of system safety, MTA Metro-North Railroad.




« Previous Article
Return to Top
Next Article »

© Copyright American Public Transportation Association
1300 I Street NW, Suite 1200 East, Washington, DC 20005
Telephone (202) 496-4882 • Fax (202) 496-4321
Print Version | Search Back Issues | Contact Us | Unsubscribe
Twitter Flickr Blog YouTube Facebook