METRO Gets Top Honor from National Transportation Organization

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Release Date: Oct. 6, 2015

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on a New Bus Network, METRORail's expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR VanpoolMETROLiftHOV lanesHOT lanesBikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, Next Bus Arrival texting and the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


METRO Accepts Award for Best Transit Agency in North America

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) today received the 2015 "Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award" from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  The award was given to METRO at APTA's annual meeting in San Francisco.

The national organization bestows the award annually to transit agencies in three categories.  METRO competed and won in the category for largest transit agencies, those providing 20 million or more passenger trips annually. The award acknowledges transit accomplishments over the past three years.

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The APTA 2015 Awards were presented  in San Francisco.  Former METRO President and CEO Shirley DeLibero made the presentation. Accepting on behalf of METRO were President and CEO Tom Lambert, Board members Christof Spieler, Diann Lewter, Sanjay Ramabhadran, and Cindy Siegel.  

METRO was judged on safety, operations and maintenance, customer service, financial management, sustainability, workforce development, attendance and employee costs, minority and women advancement, marketing, policy administration, and community relations.

METRO was also judged on quantitative measures including riders per hour and total passenger miles.

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METRO President and CEO Tom Lambert is joined by METRO staff Rosa Diaz, Sean Cagan and Kimberly Williams.

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APTA is the nation's leading force in advancing public transportation.  APTA members are public entities providing bus, light rail, commuter rail, subway and waterborne passenger services, as well as high-speed rail and paratransit services.


In recognition of winning APTA'S 2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Award, METRO's Safety Department hosted lunches at each facility to recognize employees for their hard work and dedication in making it possible to achieve this great accomplishment.