Nomination Requirements

  • All nominators need to complete the nomination form (editable pdf)
  • All written nominations for the individual criteria should be no more than six pages long.​
  • In telling the story of your nominee’s achievements, you must include specific facts and statistics.
  • Each nomination should include up to three additional pages of supporting materials (i.e., news articles, letters of recommendations, etc.).
  • Do not include links in your write-up.
  • 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. *Specifically for Business Member Transit System CEO, Transit Board Member and Hall of Fame, show how the nominee demonstrates a sustained commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through leadership practices and policies.*
  • 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.

Categories

Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award
This award honors a manager of ​an APTA public transportation system member who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry.

Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award
This award honors an individual serving on the governing board of an APTA public transportation system member who has made outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry.

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.

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 or state levels through policy, legislative initiative, and leadership.

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 participated 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.

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​

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