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APTA believes in recognizing excellence and achievement among its members and has a number of awards programs in place to honor members. APTA challenges individuals and organizations to excel, and we applaud these efforts through several awards programs.

A complete list of APTA awards programs can be found below.

  • AdWheel Awards - Each year, APTA honors members’ marketing and communications efforts with the AdWheel​ Awards. The 2017 competition’s window for entries opened in early October 2016 and closed in mid-November 2016. First Place Awards were presented at the 2017 Marketing & Communications Workshop in February 2017. Grand Awards will be presented at the APTA Annual Meeting and APTA EXPO in October 2017. ​
  • APTA Awards - The APTA Awards recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry in North America, both on an individual level and an organizational level.  Called the “best of the best” of the public transportation industry, the APTA award winners are outstanding role models of excellence, leadership, and innovation whose accomplishments have greatly advanced public transportation. The nomination deadline is in April of each year; awards are presented at the Annual Meeting in October.
  • Bus Operator Customer Service Challenge - Held each spring, this competition tests the customer service skills of bus operators as they face real-life scenarios. Contestants are judged on their ability to resolve each scenario.
  • Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards - The Safety & Security Excellence Award recognize APTA Bus transportation systems that have implemented programs or projects that have achieved documented success in addressing specific safety or security program areas. The nomination deadline is in March of each year.
  • Call Center Challenge - APTA's Call Center Challenge recognizes the outstanding efforts of APTA member transit system call center personnel. Participants are challenged with real-life call center scenarios and judged on their ability to resolve each scenario in a friendly and professional manner. The application deadline is in December of each year. The finalist competition is at the APTA Marketing & Communications Workshop the following March.
  • Photo Invitational - The invitational seeks photos that depict public transportation’s significance, value and benefits of opportunity, access, freedom, and mobility. Anyone can enter, and each year's winning entries are featured in the APTA Calendar. For the 2018 competition, the entry window will open in late September 2017 and close on October 25, 2017.
  • Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards - The​ Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize APTA rail transportation systems that have implemented initiatives or programs that achieved safety or security objectives. The nomination deadline is in April of each year.
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