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Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Receives Award

Photo of Councilmember Marti Emerald attending San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Award Ceremony Photo of Councilmember Marti Emerald attending San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Award Ceremony Photo of Councilmember Marti Emerald attending San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Award Ceremony

On Thursday July 30th, San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) was the recipient of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) award for Outstanding Public Transit System. MTS received a perfect score of 14 out of 14 and beat out the mass transit systems in 44 other major North American cities in both the U.S. and Canada to earn this prestigious award.

Councilmember Marti Emerald, a San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board alternate, was joined by Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors Chairman Harry Mathis, and President of the American Public Transit System Bill Miller. The guest of honor at the event was Leon Williams, former San Diego City Councilmember and former San Diego County Supervisor. The ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiled the new, more efficient and less polluting transit buses, which have helped to significantly reduce ozone production -- so much so that San Diego has been named the leading city in ozone reduction of all cities in the U.S. And the MTS is considered the transit system responsible for the modernization of the light rail system in America.

After the ceremony, Marti was quick to praise the 2,500 hard-working and dedicated employees of MTS for their part in earning this honor for the public transit system in San Diego.

More than 30-million San Diegans and visitors use public transportation, proving that the red buses and trolleys of the MTS are help keep the air cleaner.

Everyone in San Diego should be proud of this award for MTS and the next time you use the transit system, notice the extra look of pride on the faces of those who work for the MTS.

View more photos of the APTA award ceremony…