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 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Takes Top Honors at 2013 APTA Rail Rodeo


Southestern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) wins Operators’ Competition
Charlotte Area Transit System wins Maintainers’ Competition

SEPTA (Philadelphia, PA) won the prestigious Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at the 21st annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo held June 2 in conjunction with the 2013 APTA Rail Conference in Philadelphia.  The Rail Transit Team Achievement Award is given to the system with the highest rail operator and maintainer team combined score. The winning team members were Rob Brooks, Don Chakov, Nicholas Baldassarre, Adrian Mapp, and Sharon Mapp.

Eighteen public transportation systems from across North America competed for this honor, recognizing the men and women who keep rail systems safe and efficient.

“Public transportation is all about the people, and the Rail Rodeo is about recognizing the best of our front line employees,” said  APTA Chair Flora Castillo in congratulating the winners.

“Those who operate and maintain our public transportation systems are the backbone of our industry,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.  “They set out every day to make America’s public transportation systems the best anywhere.”

The Operators’ Competition measures professional skills including train operation; knowledge of safety regulations; train equipment; and track right-of-way rules and procedures.  First place in the Operators’ Competition was won by Adrian Mapp and Sharon Mapp of SEPTA.  Danai Lambert and David Becker of Sacramento Regional Transit District placed second.  The team of Roberta Randolph and Gregory Raspberry from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority took third-place honors.

The Maintainers’ Competition judges the ability to troubleshoot maintenance problems. The Charlotte Area Transit System team that earned first place was represented by Charles Truong, Patrick Mills, and Eugene Capote. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit won second place with the team of Carl Ambrose, Edward Christian, and Daniel Parris.  The Sound Transit (Seattle, WA) maintainer team of Brian Shupe, James Salisbury, and Jack Smith won third place.

The APTA International Rail Rodeo Competition is designed to encourage excellence and professionalism in rail transit operations.  The competition was held June 1 at SEPTA’s Fern Rock Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, PA.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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