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2021 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 – Votran

Innovation and Creativity Award – Jacksonville Transportation Authority

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 – LYNX

Tier 2, Gold Award – Votran

Bus Technician of the Year

This award recognizes Florida’s best transit bus technicians.

1st Place
John Foderaro, Votran

2nd Place
James Orie Holt, StarMetro

3rd Place
William J. Clay, Jr., SCAT

Paratransit Technician of the Year

This award recognizes Florida’s best paratransit bus technicians.

1st Place
Bruce Haney, Levy County Transit

2nd Place
Michael Eugene Allen, Jr., StarMetro

3rd Place
Elliot James Waters, Manatee County Area Transit

Operator of the Year

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

1st Place
Patricia Adams, Manatee County Area Transit

2nd Place
Lillie Marshall, Broward County Transit

3rd Place
Leonard Young, Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

Transit Super Hero

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

Winner
Patricia Speranza, Votran

Patricia has been a professional driver for over 18 years. This past June, her training and instincts were put to the test. Patricia had stopped to let off some passengers when a truck did not stop and slammed into the back of the bus, with the front of the truck and back of the bus becoming engulfed in flames. Patricia safely evacuated her passengers even though she herself had minor injuries. She safeguarded the lives of her passengers until help arrived and stopped this tragic event from becoming a catastrophe.  

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