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Rail Agencies Receive Safety, Security Awards

APTA announced the recipients of its annual Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards at a General Session during the conference to recognize public transit agencies for innovative programs dedicated to improving safety and security for their employees, passengers and the public.

Doran J. Barnes, immediate past chair of APTA and executive director of Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, ­presented the awards.

The following agencies received Gold Awards:

Rail safety: commuter/intercity rail, MTA Metro-North Railroad, for its Together Railroads And Communities Keeping Safe (TRACKS) education and community safety outreach program to reduce grade crossing incidents, leading to a 33 percent decrease in trespasser strikes since 2016; heavy rail, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, for its three-year commitment to a safer transportation environment through a track allocation process designed to reduce standby costs and maximize track time; light rail/streetcar, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, for its “Anticipate, Recognize, Take action” (ART) program, which has reduced the number of motorist-trolley accidents while providing cost savings and employing new safety training.

Rail security: light rail/streetcar, Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, for its security efforts during Super Bowl LII, which included a federally designated Special Event Assessment Rating and the location of the football stadium within the hardened secured perimeter.

The following certificates of merit were also presented:

Rail safety: commuter/intercity rail, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), for its safety initiatives related to the implementation of PTC.

Rail security: light rail/streetcar, ­Metropolitan Transit Authority of ­Harris County (Houston METRO), for its increased security presence and visibility in response to a 2016 customer survey, leading to an 18 percent increase in survey results in 2017 regarding the statement “I feel safer when using METRO.”

APTA honored MARTA with the Gold Award for rail safety in the heavy rail category. APTA Immediate Past Chair Doran J. Barnes, left, and APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas, right, recognized all Gold Award winners.
Metro Transit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, received the Gold Award for rail security among light rail/streetcar systems.
MTA Metro-North Railroad was recognized with the Gold Award for rail safety, commuter/intercity rail.
San Diego MTS received the Gold Award for rail safety, light rail/streetcar category.

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