METRO won a top industry safety award today for its exemplary preparedness and stellar execution of its emergency management plan during Hurricane Harvey last August, the fiercest hurricane to hit the nation in more than a decade.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded METRO the Gold Award for Security at its 2018 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards at the annual APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference in Tampa, Fla. Nominations were evaluated on four criteria: effectiveness, benefit level, innovation and transferability.
As Hurricane Harvey gathered strength, METRO followed its emergency plan. It offered regular updates, pre-positioned buses to save them from flooding, prepared facilities and stocked them with supplies for overnight stays and sheltering.
Just four days after Harvey passed, METRO restored limited transit service on major routes. Only 20 of the agency's 1,238 buses sustained damage. Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25. Eleven days later, 109 of 114 of METRO's bus routes were back in operation.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority took the Gold Award for Safety for successfully implementing a safety management system that used data to make operators safer on the road and reduce claims by 49 percent since 2014.
"These award-winning teams are truly the best at improving safety and security for their employees, passengers and the public," said Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA president & CEO. "They represent the thousands of public transit professionals nationwide whose daily work results in preventing injuries and making daily commutes safer and more reliable."
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