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Oct. 6, 2010


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  • What:  2010 Outstanding Public Transportation System Awards Presentation
  • When:  Friday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where:  HART Administrative Office @ 1201 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605 (outside streetcar building)

During a special awards ceremony next week, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will receive the 2010 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association.


In 2009, HART received the Outstanding Public Transportation System Award by the Florida Public Transportation Association.


Now, HART will be recognized as the best in North America among mid-size transit agencies, which includes those carrying between 4 - 20 million annual passenger trips. This honor is considered the gold medal in the transit industry!


In selecting HART, the American and Florida Public Transportation Associations touted HART achievements in ridership growth, customer service, safety, financial management, community involvement and sustainable practices, as well as HART's leadership, innovation and accomplishments.


This is the first time HART will receive this national acclaim. The most recent award recipients are Intercity Transit in Olympia, Wash.; GRTC Transit System in Richmond, Va.; and Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing, Mich.


A special display of light rail design models by University of South Florida students will be showcased after the ceremony. These students were the top winners of an annual design competition held in September by the USF School of Architecture and Community Design.


In addition to William Millar, president of the American Public Transportation Association, and members of the HART Board of Directors, various local dignitaries will be in attendance. 


This awards ceremony is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.


For more information about HART, residents may call 813-254-4278 or visit www.goHART.org



HART Mission Statement
Our Team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service while building solutions to support Hillsborough County's needs...now and into the future.

About the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

APTA is a nonprofit international association of more than 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada are served by APTA member systems.

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Marcia Mejia                                                      
HART Public Information Officer                                        
Office: (813) 449-4764
Cell:  (813) 545-5497                                          
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