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APTA Honors Rail Agencies for Safety, Security

APTA recognized four rail agencies for their safety and security efforts during the conference.

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.

Four agencies received Gold Awards:

* Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid ­Transit Authority (MARTA), heavy rail, safety, for improving employee and contractor safety on the right-of-way and its Wayside Access Procedure manual/Standard Operation Procedures. MARTA has had no employee or contractor fatalities on the right of way since 2001;

* Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, heavy rail, security, for its Transit Homeless Action Plan to improve safety for passengers and employees and coordinate outreach and engage with homeless people. The plan includes a hotline that aligns with a program created by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and other organizations;

* Metro Transit, Minneapolis, light rail/streetcars, safety, for its public outreach and engineering program to enhance pedestrian safety around light rail. The initiative reached more than 2 million people; and

* Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, light rail/streetcar, security, for using data to analyze crime and fare evasions, resulting in greater enforcement measures and contributing to a 43 percent reduction in serious crime.

Three agencies received Certificates of Merit: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA.

APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes and Acting President & CEO Richard White presented the awards.

The Rail Safety Gold Award for heavy rail went to MARTA, accepted by General Manager/CEO Keith Parker, center; Elayne Berry, assistant general manager, safety and quality assurance; and David Springstead, assistant general manager, capital development and programs.
The Rail Safety Gold Award for light rail/streetcars went to Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, accepted by Mark Fuhrmann, deputy general manager, transit system development.

The Rail Security Gold Award for heavy rail went to Los Angeles Metro, which was accepted by CEO Phillip Washington and Alex Wiggins, chief, system security and law enforcement division.
The Rail Security Gold Award for light rail/streetcars went to Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore. Acting Administrator Kevin Quinn accepted the award with Police Chief John Gavrilis and Phillip Thomas, chief safety officer.

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