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2022 FPTA Award Winners

Organizational Awards

These awards honor systems who have demonstrated innovative or creative concepts and effective problem-solving techniques for the public transportation industry, as well as demonstrated achievement in efficiency and effectiveness.

Outstanding System of the Year – GoLine/Indian River Transit

Innovation and Creativity Award – Space Coast Area Transit

Bus Safety & Security Excellence

This award recognizes bus transportation systems that have implemented programs or projects that have achieved documented success in addressing specific safety program areas.

Tier 1, Gold Award – Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW)

Tier 2, Gold Award – Votran

Bus Technician of the Year

This award recognizes Florida’s best transit bus technicians.

1st Place
Paul Levesque, PSTA

2nd Place
Robert Hammond, StarMetro

3rd Place
Michael Paskanik, JTA

Paratransit Technician of the Year

This award recognizes Florida’s best paratransit bus technicians.

1st Place
Michael Allen, StarMetro

2nd Place
Sherman Polydore, JTA

3rd Place
Bruce Haney, Levy County

Operator of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding operator whose service has enriched and enhanced public transportation in their community.

1st Place
Loretta Fuegos, Palm Tran

2nd Place
Murray Seabrook, Palm Tran

3rd Place
Davidson Abraham, VOTRAN

Transit Super Hero

This award recognizes an outstanding team member who goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist others.

Gwendolyn Whitfield, Broward County Transit

Recently, Gwendolyn was recognized for her heroism, for going above and beyond the call of duty. Gwendolyn had the fortitude and presence of mind, to drive the bus to the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department parking lot to solicit help from a police officer. The police said the Operator’s actions saved many lives; a passenger on the bus became enraged over a conversation and started shooting passengers on the bus. Her training and instinct kicked in which led to the safety and security of passengers.

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