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Gala Awards Banquet Celebrates Rail Rodeo Participants

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) received the prestigious Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at the 25th annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, held just before the Rail Conference.

The award goes to the public transit system with the highest combined score for rail operators and maintainers teams. The overall winning team members were Mike Gross, Gary Crandell, James Moon, Tenikia Jackson and John O’Connor.

BART’s maintainer team also won first place for that category. Those team members include Gross, Crandell and Moon.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA, won first place in the operators category. Team members were Rick Fredriksz and Pedro Diaz.

The overall second place finisher was the Dallas Area Rapid Transit team and third place was won by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston.

“Our maintainers and operators strive to make our rail systems among the safest and most convenient forms of transportation in the world,” said APTA Acting President & CEO Richard A. White. “The accolades they have received this weekend are the result of years of hard work and training.” He and APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes presented the awards.

This year’s competition included 14 teams with operators from 16 transit systems and 15 maintainer teams from the U.S. and Japan.

BART General Manager Grace Crunican, second from left, agency employees, friends and family accepted the Team Achievement Award for winning the top spot at the International Rail Rodeo.

BART also won the rodeo’s first place award in the maintainer category.
VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez, second from left, joined the VTA team and an agency representative to accept the first place award in the operators category.

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