Governor Announces National Award For Greater Lynchburg Transit Company
~ Award goes to a Virginia transit operator for second consecutive year ~

RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC) has received the 2009 Outstanding Transit System Achievement Award from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This marks the second consecutive year that the APTA has recognized the quality of Virginia's transit service at the national level with an Outstanding Transit System Achievement Award for a Virginia operator.

"I want to congratulate our outstanding Virginia transit operators on this achievement," Governor Kaine said. "This award recognizes the Commonwealth's continued commitment to providing high quality, efficient transit service throughout Virginia."

GLTC has received the 2009 Outstanding Transit System Achievement Award in the one to four million passenger trips category. This national award honors the "best of the best" among public transportation operators who have "demonstrated achievements in efficiency and effectiveness."

This award highlights GLTC's efforts to enhance local transit service over the past three years. Among GLTC's recent improvements are the implementation of new maintenance procedures, the replacement of outdated buses and the addition of new routes and equipment. As a result, ridership on the transit system increased by more than 2 million trips during the last three years.

GLTC is Virginia's second transit operator in two years to receive the Outstanding Transit System Achievement Award. In 2008, the Greater Richmond Transit Company earned APTA's prestigious award in the four to thirty million passenger trips category.

Award criteria for the Outstanding Transit System Achievement Award include safety, operations, customer service, financial management, attendance and employee cost, minority and women advancement, marketing, policy and administration, and community relations. Improvements and achievements in these areas are evaluated over a three-year period as part of the award decision.

APTA will formally present the Outstanding Transit System Achievement Award to GLTC at its annual meeting in October. For more information on APTA's 2009 awards, visit www.apta.com.

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