The City of Gardena’ GTrans was awarded two, 2021 Bus Safety and Security Gold Awards: One for Bus Safety and one for Bus COVID-19 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for transit agencies with fewer than 4 million passenger trips annually.
The Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize APTA transit systems that have implemented programs or projects that have achieved documented success in addressing specific safety or security program areas. Successful programs then serve as replicable models and benchmarks for the industry.
“I am so proud of our team and thrilled that they have been recognized in this way for their outstanding efforts to enhance our safety program,” said Ernie Crespo, Director of Transportation for the City of Gardena’s GTrans. “It is heartening to see the team recognized for their hard work and perseverance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially during what was not only an incredibly challenging time for our nation, but for our employees and our customers as well.”
For the Bus Safety Gold Award, GTrans highlighted both its long-standing and newer efforts focusing on safety:
The results showed a 55 percent decrease in total accidents, a 51 percent decrease in preventable accidents, and an 83 percent decrease in preventable slip and fall accidents – along with a steady drop in workers’ compensation claims.
The new Bus COVID-19 Response and Recovery Gold Award recognized GTrans’ innovative programs and projects implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020:
Awards will be presented at APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO held November 7-10, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.