PTMA of Montgomery County Presents Annual Transportation Awards

SEPTA has fully implemented the Positive Train Control system, which automatically controls the speed or braking of a train to prevent human error. It is one of the few mass transit systems in the nation so far to have met a congressional mandate for the upgrade.( file photo)

It’s difficult to get stranded in the North Penn region thanks to the efforts of several transportation organizations and groups. Some of them were recently recognized when The Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County presented its annual awards, writes Dan Sokil for the Times Herald.

One of the recipients of the award was SEPTA, and its general manager, Jeff Knueppel, took the opportunity to emphasize that the organization does much more than simply move people.

“When we can spur economic development, when we can make communities stronger, and make our region stronger, that’s really when it’s exciting,” he said.

SEPTA was presented with the PTMA President’s Award for its achievements over the last year, the biggest of which was moving hundreds of thousands of passengers during the papal visit last September. It also opened the new train station in Lansdale and started construction on a parking garage behind it.

The second award of the evening was presented to Jay Gordon of Hatfield, who received a special recognition award for helping drive area seniors in his own vehicle as a part of a PTMA program aimed at helping those without their own rides.

The PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County was also honored by the PTMA for its continuous sponsorship, support, and promotion of events organized by PTMA, which it helped found in the early 1990s.

Read more about the awards event at the Times Herald by clicking here.

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