(Boston, MA) The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today recognized the 2019 sustainability award winners in the Silver category: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in St. Petersburg, FL and Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK) in Moline, IL. The prizes were announced at APTA’s annual Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop in Boston.
“We are thrilled to recognize these award recipients and the actions they have taken to lessen their impact on the environment on a daily basis,” APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas said. “Making this commitment to sustainability lays the groundwork that will allow for future investment in new technologies and practices that will make for a brighter future for many generations to come.”
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority – St Petersburg, FL
PSTA operates Florida’s largest fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles, with over 80 buses in the fleet. In addition, two all-electric buses are currently in operation, with four more planned for 2020. PSTA has implemented a variety of sustainability programs to benefit Pinellas County residents and visitors including reducing electricity consumption, an internal recycling program and operation of an after-hours service that provides Uber/taxi rides to low-income riders going to or from work when buses are not running.
Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK) – Moline, IL
MetroLINK is focused on a sustainable Quad Cities through voluntary efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, building efficient and sustainable infrastructure, and communicating transit’s environmental benefits to the community. Over 75% of MetroLINK’s fixed-route fleet is powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, and the system deployed its first eight (8) zero emission battery electric buses and accompanying charging system over the last eighteen (18) months. Recent infrastructure investments include a USGBC LEED Silver passenger terminal, which was part of a larger transit-oriented development project with residential housing, and a state-of-the-art Operations and Maintenance Facility with a rooftop solar array, solar thermal hot water system, and a bus wash water reclamation system.
APTA’S Sustainability Commitment Program
First started in 2009, 146 public transit agencies and businesses have signed on to the APTA Sustainability Commitment. Public transit agencies and businesses voluntarily choose to join the program and pledge to implement processes and actions that create continuous improvements in environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Organizations are given Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Level recognition based on specific measurable achievements.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are 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.