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Denver RTD wins top honors at APTA rail rodeo


The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) recently won the Rail Transit Achievement award at the 18th annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo.

The top award is given to the competing transit system that attains the highest rail operator and maintainer team combined score.  

Nine North American public transit systems competed in the competition, which measures professional skills, including train operation, knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment and right-of-way rules and procedures.

RTD's Robert Dennis won first place in the operators competition. Michael Shepard of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) came in second, and Lee-Ann Knight and Ven Rao of BC Rapid Transit of Burnaby, British Columbia, came in third.

In the maintainers competition, which judges the ability to troubleshoot maintenance problems, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority came in first place, RTD took second and SEPTA placed third.

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