METRO RECEIVES APTA GOLD AWARD FOR SECURITY EXCELLENCE

Transit system wins top honor for security practices with new Wi-Fi project
APTA GOLD Award for Security
For the third time, Metro has received the top honor among mid-size transit systems for security excellence from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a national organization representing the transit industry for more than 100 years.

Metro was recognized with a GOLD Award for Security for its new Wi-Fi pilot program during the 2018 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference in Tampa, FL on May 8. In addition to providing free Wi-Fi access to riders, the program provides an extra level of security as first responders are now able to access live video remotely in the event of an emergency. The pilot currently includes 59 buses and five Access vehicles covering various routes.

The APTA Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize innovative and proactive safety and security programs conducted by public transportation organizations. Nominations are evaluated on effectiveness, benefit level, innovation and transferability.

“These award-winning teams are truly the best of the best at improving safety and security for their employees, passengers, and the public,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “They represent the thousands of public transit professionals nationwide whose daily work results in preventing injuries and making daily commutes safer and more reliable.”

“As a public organization, we are continuously looking for innovative and effective ways to ensure the security of our customers and staff every day,” said Dwight A. Ferrell, Metro’s CEO and General Manager. “We are incredibility honored to be recognized by APTA for our efforts.”
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