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MBTA snares top achievement award at APTA 'rodeo'


Massachusetts Bay Area Transportation Authority (MBTA) took home the Rail Transit Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Rail Rodeo, held June 9 in conjunction with American Public Transportation Association's Rail Transit Conference in Boston.

MBTA earned first place in the "operator" and seventh in the "maintainer" competitions, giving the system that serves metropolitan Boston enough points to win the overall prize, which recognizes operational safety and efficiency.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, Calif., took second place and MTA New York City Transit third place in the operators’ competition, which is designed to measured a variety of professional skills, including train operation, and knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment, and track right-of-way rules and procedures.

In the maintainers' competition, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) took home the top honor, with San Francisco Municipal Railway and MTA Metro North Railroad coming in second and third places, respectively. Maintainers were judged on their ability to trouble-shoot maintenance problems.

Eighteen North American rail systems entered this year’s rodeo competition, which is designed to encourage excellence and professionalism in rail transit operations.