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June 22, 2009

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APTA RAIL CONFERENCE COVERAGE

Los Angeles Metro Again Takes Top Spot in Rail Rodeo

Los Angeles Metro earned the top honor, the Team Achievement Award, for the second consecutive year at the 17th Annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, held June 13 at the Chicago Transit Authority’s Skokie Yard. Rodeo award winners received their honors June 14 at the first Rail Rodeo Banquet, held in conjunction with the APTA Rail Conference in Chicago.

The Team Achievement Award goes to the competing public transportation system with the highest combined score in the operators’ and maintainers’ competitions.

The maintenance team from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia—Jason Rickert, Mike O’Grady, and Ed Carruthers—took first place in the maintenance competition. Second place went to the Los Angeles Metro team, which included Eric Czintos, Ronnie Burt, and Glen Abraham, while Portland’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) came in third with a team comprised of James Bledsoe, Alford Fisher, and Robert White.

In the operators’ contest, Danai Lambert and William Collart of the Sacramento Regional Transit District placed first, with Los Angeles Metro’s Robert Rodriguez in second place and the TriMet team of Laura Walker and David White in third.

Fifty-two contestants representing 11 public transit agencies participated in the rail rodeo: 32 maintenance workers and 20 operators.

 

Gary Thomas, left, APTA vice chair-rail transit, presents the Team Achievement Award to representatives of Los Angeles Metro at the first Rail Rodeo Banquet, June 14 in Chicago. Members of the authority’s maintenance team are, from sixth from left, Eric Czintos, Glen Abraham, and Ronnie Burt; operator Robert Rodriguez is third from right. Also participating in the award presentation are APTA Chair Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., fifth from right, and First Vice Chair M.P. Carter, second from right.
Photos by Brian Oh

 

The maintainers’ team members from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority—from left, Ed Carruthers, Mike O’Grady, and Jason Rickert—take first place in their competition at the rail rodeo.

 

William Collart, left, and Danai Lambert accept the first-place operators’ honor on behalf of the Sacramento Regional Transit District.



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