Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vancouver's SkyTrain wins prestigious safety award

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SkyTrain, operated by the BC Rapid Transit Company Ltd., is being recognized as ‘Best Organization' at the Fifth Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety - BC's highest safety honor.

"Safety is paramount in everything we do at SkyTrain," says Doug Kelsey, President and CEO of BC Rapid Transit Company, which operates SkyTrain's Expo and Millennium Lines.

"From our staff to our passengers, we put safety first," says Kelsey, "We are honored that our commitment to safety is being recognized by such a prestigious award."

Presented by the British Columbia Safety Authority, the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety honor individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of public safety in B.C. The awards will be handed out on November 25, 2009.

SkyTrain has a dedicated group of four safety professionals who are continuously overseeing and improving safety for the longest, automated, driverless, light rapid transit system in the world.

"Good safety practices are about never being satisfied with the status quo," says George Bell, Safety, Security & Environmental Officer for BCRTC. "At SkyTrain, we have a team of safety champions and I couldn't be more proud of their hard work and leadership."

SkyTrain (including Canada Line) moves on average 320,000 passengers per weekday. Late last year, SkyTrain reached a milestone "one billionth passenger" since its official launch in January 1986.

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