SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (June 7, 2022) – The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced the winners of the 2022 Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards today at the annual Rail Conference.

“Each and every day, our rail professionals closely work together to provide safe, efficient, and comfortable transportation to all Americans. The industry constantly seeks new avenues of addressing security and safety needs, implementing fixes, and sharing the results with their colleagues across the country. I want to congratulate those being honored for their contributions to the industry,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “Their work provides the bulwark that makes public transportation more efficient and safer for their passengers, employees, and communities nationwide.”

The APTA Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize public transit providers for their innovative and proactive safety and security programs. These awards help to build the industry by benchmarking successful initiatives so other systems can implement and fine-tune their programs based on the findings of their peers.

Nominations are evaluated on four criteria: effectiveness, benefit level, innovation, and transferability. The top honor is the GOLD Award, which is presented to organizations with the best example of a safety or security program. A Certificate of Merit is given to organizations in recognition of exceptional achievement in safety or security.

The 2022 Safety & Security Excellence Award winners are awarded in categories based on type of service provided. Winners include systems from British Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.



Gold Winner

  • British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Certificate of Merit Winner

  • Regional Transit Authority (RTA), New Orleans, Louisiana



Gold Winner

  • The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, Florida

 Certificate of Merit Winner

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public- and private-sector organizations which represent a $80 billion industry that directly employs 448,000 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.  

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