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APTA honors several individuals, agencies for public transportation 'excellence'


On Tuesday, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) presented its annual APTA Awards to several individuals and public transportation systems that demonstrated “great leadership and advanced the state of public transportation in North America,” association officials said in a prepared statement.

“As the ‘best of the best,’ the 2011 APTA Awards serve as role models of excellence to everyone in the public transportation industry,” said APTA President William Millar. “Their work in public transportation has made lasting contributions, not only for transit riders, but for the entire public transit industry.”

Among the honors, APTA presented the:

• Special Recognition for Extraordinary Recovery Award to the Regional Transportation Authority of New Orleans for the agency’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina;

• Innovation Award to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for working with third parties to develop customer-service applications for smartphones; and

• Hall of Fame Award to Roger Snoble, a former chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

APTA also bestowed the Local Distinguished Service Award posthumously to Cameron Beach, a former member of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency who died in March 2011, and whose career included stints with local transit agencies and a Class I.