SouthWest Transit Again Receives National Honor for Bus Safety

SouthWest Transit CEO Len Simich with American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President Bill Millar.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded SouthWest Transit its 2011 Gold Award for Safety for bus systems operating 1 million – 4 million passenger trips. APTA is an international organization that has represented the transit industry for over 100 years, since 1882.

“Congratulations to the 2011 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Award winners,” said APTA President William Millar. “These winning public transportation systems have exemplary programs that create and sustain exceptional workplace cultures of safety and security and add value to all of us in the bus transportation industry.”

This is the fourth year that SouthWest Transit has been honored by APTA for its safety program. The APTA “Gold Award” is presented to the nation’s top transit agencies for their safety record and their commitment to improving the safety of transit employees, customers, and communities through the application of effective safety initiatives.

“Safety and security are of utmost concern to SouthWest Transit. It takes a great deal of effort to ensure the safety of our riders,” said SouthWest Transit’s Commission Chairperson Nancy Tyra-Lukens. “To win these prestigious awards is truly outstanding and is testament to the commitment of each and every person who is a part of SouthWest Transit.”

The Gold Safety Award is awarded to the transit property who demonstrates through its operating statistics that it is the top safety performing transit agency in the Country. Things such as the number of preventable accidents per miles driven, lost time due to workplace injury and miles driven between vehicle road calls are just some of the statistics collected and compared.

Other winners include Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority of Des Moines, Iowa (more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million) and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority of Cleveland, Ohio (more than 20 million passenger trips).

Dave Jacobson, SouthWest Transit Chief Operating Officer; Mike Scanlon, APTA Chair; and Len Simich, SouthWest Transit Chief Executive Officer

“This is not about just one person or one team doing the right thing. It’s about everyone working together to make sure our customers are safely transported to and from work and home. This award recognizes the hard work, extensive planning and dedication of every staff member of SouthWest Transit,” said Chief Executive Officer, Len Simich.

“The ‘Expect the Best’ credo shown on each of the buses reflects the responsibility SouthWest Transit places on its staff to provide not only a safe ride, but a ride that is as reliable and enjoyable as possible,” said Simich.

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