Wednesday, July 24, 2013

APTA to honor nine for sustainability

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced Wednesday, July 24, 2013, that that nine public transportation systems and businesses will be recognized for their outstanding sustainability achievements.

APTA said Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) is the first public transportation system in North America to receive Platinum recognition level in the APTA Sustainability Commitment program. Three public transit systems attaining Gold recognition level are Hampton Roads Transit (Va.), King County Metro Transit (Seattle), and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. All three operate light rail transit (LRT) operations, while SFMTA also operates streetcars and cable cars.

Earlier this year, Visual Marking Systems (Twinsburg, Ohio) reached Gold recognition – the first public transportation business in North America to do so, APTA said.

APTA will honor these organizations, along with Silver and Bronze recipients, on July 29 at the Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop, being held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.) will receive Silver level recognition at its headquarters. The three Bronze level recipients are Amtrak, Interurban Transit Partnership (Grand Rapids, Mich.), and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.