Metro Receives APTA Gold Award for Security Excellence

Transit system wins top honor for security practicesCINCINNATI – For the second year in a row, Metro was awarded the top honor among mid-size transit systems for security excellence from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), an organization representing the transit industry for more than 100 years. Metro received the GOLD Award for Security during the APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference in Fort Worth, TX on May 3. The success of Metro’s partnership with local and national law enforcement and the use of national resources and tools to enhance its security programs, along with the involvement of employees and customers in the “eyes and ears” of public transportation threat prevention program were all considered during the award selection process. The APTA Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize public transportation organizations for their innovative and proactive programs dedicated to improving safety and security. The top honor is the GOLD Award, which is given to the best overall programs selected by an independent panel of judges. Metro’s award was in the category of mid-size transit systems providing more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million annual rides. Metro provides 17 million rides per year. In 2014, Metro made history as the first mid-size transit system to receive the GOLD Award for both safety and security from APTA.“Metro’s staff works hard every day to ensure the security of our employees, passengers and the public,” said Metro CEO Dwight Ferrell. “We are honored to have our efforts recognized and to receive APTA’s highest honor in security.”“Congratulations to these public transportation systems for implementing programs and projects that have improved safety and contributed to making a safe public transit industry even safer,” said APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy. “Their outstanding efforts ultimately help save lives.” Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year.

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