The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced the winners of the 2016 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards, Sunday, May 15, at the opening session of the annual APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference in Charlotte, N.C.
The winning systems are chosen based on four criteria:
project effectiveness, benefits accrued directly from the positive impact of the
program, innovativeness, and finally project transferability that allows other
systems to replicate the success.
“In a time when public transit systems are challenged with limited local and federal investments, these systems are great examples of how our industry works to keep their riders and employees safe and secure,” said APTA Acting President/CEO Richard White. “I congratulate them for their focus on making a safe industry even safer. These winners showcase a tremendous passion for safety and security on a daily basis and I thank them for their dedication.”
The APTA Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize public transportation organizations for their innovative and proactive programs dedicated to improving safety and security for their employees, passengers, and the public. The top honor is the GOLD Award, which is given to agencies with the best overall bus safety or bus 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.
2016 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Award winners:
Systems with more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million bus passenger trips annually
- GOLD Award for Safety – Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, Mo. – Phased in a program to keep pedestrians and passengers safe. As a result of this program, the agencies bus crash rate dropped nearly 10 percent from the year before.
- GOLD Award for Security – Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, Mo. – Implemented a multi-pronged approach to strengthen security for it’s operators. It focused on a number of solutions, including adding new equipment, increasing police enforcement, offering enhanced training and lobbying for legislative solutions.
Systems with 20 million or more bus passenger trips annually
- GOLD Award for Safety – Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), Baltimore – Created the new Bus Operator Canidate Training Program which was dedicated to improving safety while reducing accident claims and costs.
- GOLD Award for Security – Maryland Transportation Authority, Baltimore – Instituted the “Police Technology Program: Reducing Part I Crime.” This program led to a dramatic 49 percent decrease in Part One crime between 2007 and 2015 and no homicides, rapes, or shootings on MTA’s systems in 2015.
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