New York, Minneapolis, San Diego win big at APTA safety awards

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DENVER — Some of America’s largest transit agencies were among the winners at this year’s American Public Transportation Association Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards. The awards were announced during APTA’s annual conference in Denver.

"Congratulations to these safety and security award winners who are leading the way in creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment in rail travel," says APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. "The accomplishments of these leaders are setting the stage for the next generation of advances to make safe rail travel even safer."

The APTA Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize public transportation organizations for their innovative and proactive safety and security programs. It also provides value to the industry by benchmarking successful programs so other public transit systems can adopt them and derive similar benefits.

MTA Metro-North won gold for its Together Railroads and Communities Keeping Safe or TRACKS program that tries to teach young people about the dangers of trespassing. California’s Metrolink was recognized for its work on Positive Train Control. Metro Transit of Minneapolis won gold in the security category for its efforts during this year’s Super Bowl. And the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System won gold for its response to an increase in accidents between motorists and trolleys.

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