Denver, CO – Utah Transit Authority (UTA) of Salt Lake City, UT, won the prestigious Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at the 26th annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo held June 7-10 in conjunction with the 2018 APTA Rail Conference in Denver, CO.  The Rail Transit Team Achievement Award is given to the system with the highest rail operator and maintainer team combined score.

The over-all second place finisher was the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Los Angeles, CA) team. Meanwhile, third place was won by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District team from Oakland, CA.“Our rail operators and maintenance employees work hard every day to provide customers with safe, courteous and reliable service,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “We applaud their skills and professionalism in serving the riding public. They are the 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.  Kuljinder Bath and Hossein Ramirez, on behalf of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, CA), won first place in the Operators Competition while Narciso Garcia and Robert Dennis of Regional Transportation District (Denver, CO) placed second.  The team of Logan Packer and Curtis Turley of UTA took third-place honors.

In the Maintainers Competition, participants are evaluated on their ability to troubleshoot maintenance problems. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority team of Marcos Martinez, Parker Rounds, and Jose Padilla were named winners in this category. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia, PA) team of Gary Geyer, Cameron Massaro, and Dan Compton placed second.  The UTA maintainer team of Jody Fairbourn, Ryan Gardner, and Kris Peterson won third place.

The APTA International Rail Rodeo Competition encourages excellence and professionalism in rail transit operations. This year’s competition included 18 teams of operators and 15 mechanic teams from the United States and Japan.​


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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 $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 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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