2015 Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards revealed

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently announced the winners of this year’s Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards.

The awards recognize the rail transit agencies within North America that provide excellent safety and security operations and programs. This year’s ceremony was hosted Monday in Salt Lake City.

Award recipients were:

-- New York City Transit, which received the GOLD Award for Security in the Heavy Rail category.

-- Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore, which received the GOLD Award for Safety in the Heavy Rail category.

-- Long Island Railroad in Jamaica, New York, which received the GOLD Award for Safety for the Commuter/Intercity Regional Rail category.

-- Regional Transportation District, based in Denver, which received the GOLD Award for Safety in the Light Rail/Streetcar category.

“This year’s winners are examples of why public transportation continues to be among the safest mode of travel for people as they go about their daily commute,” APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said. “I am honored to celebrate with these dedicated individuals who exemplify our industry’s commitment to safety and security. These transit systems have developed new approaches, harnessed new technologies, and establish best practices to proactively prevent crashes and incidents that ultimately result in reducing injuries and saving lives.”

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