APTA, which has more than 1,500 member organizations, awards the honor annually to agencies that demonstrate leadership and help advance public transportation. SEPTA was singled out for recognition by APTA in a category that includes dozens of North America's major transit operators.
SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey said the award is a testament to the hard work of SEPTA's employees.
"We are thrilled to receive this award and honored that our peers in the transit agency have singled out SEPTA's achievements for recognition," Casey said. "I am so proud of the members of the SEPTA team, who are committed to serving our customers and fulfilling our mission to improve the environment, facilitate economic growth and sustain the quality of life in our region. This recognition is a testament to their dedication, enthusiasm and innovative spirit."
Fiscal Year 2012 built on the steady ridership growth SEPTA has seen during recent years. Annual trips system-wide are up 32 million since 2007, indicating success with initiatives to attract and retain new customers.
Ridership increases were recorded across the region and on most of SEPTA's modes of travel during Fiscal Year 2012. There were nearly 35.4 million trips on regional rail, which is just shy of the 2008 ridership record. Suburban Transit Division bus, light- and high-speed rail modes jumped 4.9 percent.