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 APTA Awards Nomination Requirements



The annual APTA Awards recognize excellence in the public transportation industry in North America.  Nominations can be made by any official employed by an APTA member in good standing.
 
Nomination Deadline: April 10, 2017

Requirements

All Nominations

  • All nominators need to complete the nomination form
  • Nomination Form (editable pdf) *For Innovation and Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award, nomination form MUST BE SIGNED by head of transit system.*
  • Each nomination should include supporting materials. Each award has different requirements, which are listed below.
  • The nomination should be legible and the font size should be no smaller than 12 point.
  • Make sure you have reasonable margins, so that copy does not go completely to the ends of the page.
  • All nominations should include how the nominee demonstrates APTA’s core values: Leadership, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Inclusiveness, Fairness and Equity, Teamwork, Professionalism, and Accountability.
  • Up to three additional pages in attachments (i.e., news articles, recommendations, etc.) are allowed for all nominations.

Individual and Innovation APTA Awards Only

  • ​All supporting materials for the Individual and Innovation Award ctiteria should be no more than six pages long
  • Up to three additional pages in attachments (i.e., news articles, recommendations, etc.) are allowed for Individual and Innovation nominations.

Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award

  • All supporting materials for the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award nominations should be no more than seven pages long.​
  • Up to three additional pages in attachments (i.e., news articles, recommendations, etc.) are allowed for Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement nominations.​​
  • Provide detailed quantitative information and specific examples to support each of the eleven qualitative areas in the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Awards.
  • Start each qualitative section with a headline.
  • Read the criteria and address all qualitative & quantitative measures.
  • For the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award only, an additional online form must be completed. Please see the award requirements below for instructions.
  • Be sure to fill out ALL quantitative information that is applicable.

Submitting Your Materials

The nomination form and supporting materials should be emailed to ecartwright@apta.com. Faxes will not be accepted.

If you need to mail your materials, the address is:

Attention: Erin Cartwright
APTA Awards Committee
Suite 1200 East
1300 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3375

Additional Requirements for Winners

All winners will be required to submit additional materials — including a one-minute video that will be shown during the Awards Ceremony at the 2017 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Atlanta.

Criteria for Individual Awards

Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award

This award honors a manager of an APTA public transportation system who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry. Each nomination must:

  • Outline the nominee’s career.
  • Describe his/her exceptional achievements or contributions to the advancement of the public transportation industry.
  • List quotations, honors, and awards received, which elaborate on the achievements and contributions.

Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award

This award honors an individual serving on the governing board of an APTA public transportation system who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry. Each nomination must:

  • Outline the nominee’s involvement in public transportation.
  • Describe his/her exceptional achievements or contributions to the advancement of the public transportation industry.
  • List quotations, honors and awards received, which elaborate on the achievements and contributions.

Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award

This award honors an individual, employed by an APTA public transportation business member, who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry. Each nomination must:

  • Outline the nominee’s career.
  • Describe his/her exceptional achievements or contributions to the advancement of the public transportation industry.
  • List quotations, honors and awards received, which elaborate on the achievements and contributions.

Distinguished Service Awards (State & Local)

This award honors a public transportation decision maker; elected or appointed official; or private citizen who has contributed to the public transportation industry on the local level through policy, legislative initiative, and leadership. Each nomination must:

  • Outline the nominee’s involvement in public transportation.
  • Describe his/her exceptional achievements or contributions to the advancement of the public transportation industry.
  • List quotations, honors and awards received, which elaborate on the achievements and contributions.

Hall of Fame Award

This special honor is reserved for individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the industry; who have made extraordinary contributions to public transportation; and who have actively participat-ed in APTA activities. Induction into the Hall of Fame is based upon the following criteria, which should be addressed in each nomination:

  • Has 20 years or more of distinguished service to the public transportation industry.
  • Is no longer active on a full-time basis in the same job discipline in which the individual’s 20 or more years of qualifying service to the industry was performed, and has not been for at least one year at the time of application.
  • Was an active participant in APTA activities over the period of his/her career.

Each Individual nomination must:

  • Outline the nominee’s career in public transportation, including all positions held.
  • Describe in detail his/her exceptional achievements to the advancement of the public transportation industry and why this individual is worthy of this special honor.
  • Describe the nominee’s active participation in APTA activities over the course of his/her career, including elected positions.
  • List honors and awards received, which elaborate on the individual’s achievements and contributions.

Criteria for Organization Awards​

Innovation Award​

This award honors an APTA public transportation system member who has demonstrated innovative concepts or effective problem-solving techniques not previoiusly applied in the public transportation industry.  The nomination should include:

  • A brief description of the innovative program or project.
  • A summary of the results received and the positive effect on the organization.
  • A description of its applicability to other systems.
  • A description of how the innovation supports industry goals.

Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award

This award honors an APTA public transportation system member who has demonstrated achievement in efficiency and effectiveness.  The nomination should include:

  • Detailed quantitative information and specific examples to support each of the 12 qualitative areas in the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Awards.
  • Start each qualitative section with a headline.
  • Read the criteria and address all qualitative & quantitative measures.
  • Be sure to fill out ALL quantitative information that is applicable.​​

Awards are granted to systems in three categories based on annual ridership:

  • Providing 4 million or fewer annual  passenger trips
  • Providing more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million annual passenger trips
  • Providing 20 million or more annual passenger trips

Quantitative Measures — Counts for 1/2 of the total score. Nominations for these awards shall include verifiable data for a consecutive three-year period.

  • Visit the online survey​ to enter your data.
  • Use the Quantitative Measures Forms below as a worksheet to compile data for the past three years.
  • Quantitative Measures Form for 2014 (editable pdf)
  • Quantitative Measures Form for 2015 (editable pdf)
  • Quantitative Measures Form for 2016​ (editable pdf)
  • Important Information: If you are unable to input the data all at once, you may exit the survey and return to it later. To do so, click "save and continue survey later" at the top of the page. You will be prompted to enter your email address, and the survey tool will email you a link where you can continue filling out the survey at a later time.

Qualitative Measures — Counts for 1/2 of the total score. Outline specific programmatic improvements and achievements in the last three calendar years in the areas indicated below. All areas should be addressed and must include quantitative information and specific examples to support each of the 12 areas in this section.

  • Safety — Enhanced safety measures
  • Operations — Efficiencies in operating procedures
  • Maintenance — Basic reporting of maintenance measurements, new maintenance initiatives, preventative programs, and improved performance on efficiencies of existingmaintenance procedures
  • Access  ​Travel training; customer information; demonstrated outreach to community beyond ADA prescribed areas; and specific partnership with ohter municipalities and other community organizations
  • Customer Service — Methods of providing additional value and service to riders, including the utilization of customer complaints
  • Financial Management — Effective financial controls and successful audits
  • Sustainability — Initiatives to increase sustainability of your organization and your community
  • Workforce Development — Well-trained workforce to meet the needs of the future
  • Attendance and Employee Costs — Containing costs and improving absentee rates
  • Minority and Women Advancement — Encouraging and promoting diversity
  • Marketing — Developing effective marketing tools to retain and attract riders
  • Community Relations — Promoting positive relations and contributing to a more “livable” community
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