Metro Rail maintenance team takes first prize at APTA Rail Rodeo 2010

The Metro maintenance team poses with their awards at the APTA Rail Conference. Photo: Metro

The Metro maintenance team poses with their awards at the APTA Rail Conference. Photo: APTA

In Vancouver this past weekend the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) held its annual Rail Conference – an event which includes the International Rail Rodeo. The Rail Rodeo is a competition that puts rail operators and maintainers to the test, and shines the spotlight on these hard working men and women.

While Metro didn’t take top honors – the Denver RTD had the highest combined operator and maintainer scores – our maintenance team did take first place in the maintenance competition, beating out Denver RTD and Philadelphia’s SEPTA. Congrats go out to maintenance team members Glen Abraham, Ronnie Burt, and Eric Czintos for their awesome rail troubleshooting skills.

Vancouver’s transit agency, TransLink, runs a great agency blog called The Buzzer Blog which has extensive coverage of this years APTA Rail Conference and some more pictures from the Rail Rodeo.