Congratulations to Metro Transit on receiving the 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award from the American Public Transportation Association! The annual award, also known as System of the Year, reflects accomplishments made between 2013 and 2015.
According to a Metro Transit press release, those accomplishments include growing ridership, expanding access, advances in sustainability, and overall success in system safety. Metro Transit was selected among agencies from across North America that provide more than 20 million annual passenger trips. The award will be presented at the APTA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, in September.
Metro Transit is a strong supporter of research and a critical partner to CTS and the University of Minnesota. Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb serves as a member of the CTS Executive Committee, and the agency has funded several U of M research projects. This research has explored fuel economy in diesel-electric hybrid buses, fare compliance, and the Go-To Student Pass Program, a partnership between Metro Transit and Minneapolis Public Schools. Metro Transit also supports CTS activities that aim to engage students’ interest in transportation. For example, the agency has provided lessons and facility tours for middle school students in our National Summer Transportation Institute for the past two years.
Yesterday, Metro Transit unveiled a new decal including the award that will be added to all of its buses and trains. The agency also announced a customer and staff appreciation event that will be held on September 24 at the Target Field Station amphitheater.
For more information, please visit the Metro Transit website.