American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Award
Photo left to right: Cindy Siegel, Tom Lambert, Sean Cagan, Diann Lewter, Kim Williams, Rosa Diaz, Sanjay Ramabhadran and Christof Spieler.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County received the highest award in its category from the American Public Transportation Association: the 2015 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.
METRO won in the category of providing 20 million or more annual passenger trips.
METRO, the Houston region’s largest public transit provider, serves a 1,303-square-mile area with buses, light rail, paratransit services, vanpools and nearly 100 miles of HOV/HOT lanes.
METRO has achieved great success in recent years. The agency has expanded its light-rail system from 7.5 miles to nearly 23 miles and recently redesigned and launched its local bus system. Systemwide ridership has also increased each year for the past three years, with annual total trips topping 110 million across all modes.
Safety is a top priority at METRO in all areas of the organization. There is an extensive marketing and outreach campaign on rail safety. Pedestrian fencing has been installed where light rail is located near schools and city parks. METRO also identified one intersection where up to 25 percent of all light rail accidents occurred and worked with the city of Houston to make traffic signal and lane striping changes. As a result, accidents declined by 66 percent.
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