November 23, 2009
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Fort Worth’s ‘T’ Wins Top Awards from North Texas Clean Air Coalition
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) recently received two 2009 Working for Clean Air™ awards from the North Texas Clean Air Coalition (NTCAC). The award program recognizes outstanding workplaces in North Texas for clean air, sustainability, and green initiatives.
The T won the Western Region’s Commuter Initiatives Award “for its outstanding programs to promote alternatives to single occupancy vehicles and provide solutions to the business community, including vanpools, bus, commuter rail and commute cyclist programs,” and the Western Region Employer of the Year Over 500–Silver Award.
“While The T’s internal business and employee initiatives are a model for other companies, it is their external programs that set them apart as an Employer of the Year,” said NTCAC Chairman Cathy Altman in presenting the award to Dick Ruddell, president of the authority, and Bob Parmelee, its board chair.
The award recognized such programs as “Be Airesponsible,” which educated thousands of residents and businesses in the Fort Worth area about air quality; The T’s early and continued development and promotion of natural gas for bus fleets; its sponsorship of Fort Worth’s Bike to Work Day; high-profile local promotions of national Dump the Pump Day, including free passes to encourage public transportation commuting; and its help in revitalizing the city’s annual Clean Air Bike Rally.
Dick Ruddell, president of The T, checks out the world’s first compressed natural gas-powered chopper motorcycle, which was exhibited at the North Texas Clean Air Coalition’s Western Region annual awards program, where the Fort Worth public transit agency received two top awards.