The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County received the 2015 "Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award" from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The award was given to Houston METRO at APTA's annual meeting in San Francisco.
The national organization bestows the award annually to transit agencies in three categories. Houston METRO competed and won in the category for largest transit agencies, those providing 20 million or more passenger trips annually. The award acknowledges transit accomplishments over the past three years.
Houston METRO was judged on safety, operations and maintenance, customer service, financial management, sustainability, workforce development, attendance and employee costs, minority and women advancement, marketing, policy administration and community relations.
Houston METRO was also judged on quantitative measures including riders per hour and total passenger miles.