We love to recognize your achievements and we have a number of awards programs to honor the industry’s finest individuals and organizations.

AdWheel Awards
Each year, APTA honors members’ marketing and communications efforts with the AdWheel​ Awards. The 2021 competition window opened for entries on November 24, 2020, and will close on January 6, 2021. First Place Awards will be announced in mid-February 2021. Grand Awards will be presented at the APTA’s 2021 TRANSform Conference and EXPO. First Place winner entrants will be notified of their Grand Award status in the early summer of 2021.

APTA Awards
The APTA Awards recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry in North America, both on an individual level and an organizational level.  Called the “best of the best” of the public transportation industry, the APTA award winners are outstanding role models of excellence, leadership, and innovation whose accomplishments have greatly advanced public transportation. The nomination deadline is in April of each year; awards are presented at the Annual Meeting in the Fall.

Bus Operator Customer Service Challenge
Due to Covid-19 and the in-person nature of the competition, the customer service challenge has been suspended in 2021.

Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards
The Safety & Security Excellence Award recognize APTA Bus transportation systems that have implemented programs or projects that have achieved documented success in addressing specific safety or security program areas. The nomination deadline is in March of each year.

Call Center Challenge
Due to Covid-19 and the in-person nature of the finals, the call center challenge has been suspended in 2021.

Photo Invitational
The invitational seeks photos that depict public transportation’s significance, value and benefits of opportunity, access, freedom, and mobility. Anyone can enter.

Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards
The​ Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize APTA rail transportation systems that have implemented initiatives or programs that achieved safety or security objectives. The nomination deadline is in April of each year.​​​

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