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  Utah Transit Authority Takes Team Honors at 2015 APTA Rail Rodeo

 Hampton Roads Transit wins Operators’ Competition, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) wins Maintainers’ Competition

Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Transit Authority (UTA) of Salt Lake City, UT won the prestigious Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at the 23rd annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo held June 17-21 in conjunction with the 2015 APTA Rail Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  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 Jody Fairbourn, Richard Klein, Logan Parker, JoAnne Sloan, and David Wright.

“This competition was a great display of the skills our rail operators and maintainers employ every day to keep America’s rail cars well maintained and operated with safety in mind,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “I applaud all of this year's winners for being the very best of the best.”
The Operators’ Competition measures professional skills, including train operation, knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment, and track right-of-way rules and procedures.  Ricky Church and Victoria Jenkins, on behalf of Hampton Roads Transit (Hampton, VA), won first place in the Operators’ Competition while Logan Packer and JoAnne Sloan of UTA placed second.  The team of Anthony Atkinson and Joseph Lynch from Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Boston, MA) took third-place honors.

The Maintainers’ Competition judges the ability to troubleshoot maintenance problems. The BART (Oakland, CA) team of Gary Crandell, Edward Christian, and Dan Parris repeated their win from last year in this category. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia, PA) team of Gary Geyer, Cameron Massaro, and Dan Compton also repeated their second place finish from last year.  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Los Angeles, CA) maintainer team of Ezequiel Garcia, Marcos Martinez, and Jose L. Padilla 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 17-21 at the UTA’s Jordan River Rail Service Center.


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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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