APTA declares winners of annual rail safety, security awards

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PHOENIX — The American Public Transportation Association is recognizing its transit partners with the association’s annual rail safety and security excellence awards. The honors were recently announced during the 2016 APTA Rail Conference in Phoenix.

The association honored the Maryland Transit Administration with its gold award for heavy rail security as a result of security initiatives that have reduced major crimes on its subway system by nearly 50 percent. The Metro-North Railroad in New York was honored with the gold award for commuter rail safety because of a new process that protects track maintenance workers. Under the new system, a work foreman can release track authority for trains with a unique code that a train dispatcher does not have.

In the light-rail sector, the Maryland Transit Administration received the Gold Award for light rail safety for its own roadway worker protection program. According to the association, since the program was deployed, there have been no employee injuries or fatalities from on-track safety.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and the Utah Transit Authority also received certificates of merit for their own safety initiatives.

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