April 19, 2018: RTA honors operators and staff excellence at annual awards banquet

Apr 10, 2018


Bus, rail, Paratransit operators, Transit Police and staff are being honored for their exemplary service in 2017 at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Awards Banquet. Among the honorees are a bus operator logging 40 years of accident-free driving. A total of 26 safe operators will be honored, representing 590 years of accident-free driving.


Thursday, April 19, 2018. Presentations begin at 7:45 p.m.


La Villa Conference and Event Center
11500 Brookpark Road
Brooklyn, OH 44130


RTA CEO and General Manager, Joe Calabrese, Board members and staff


"RTA's annual awards banquet offers us the opportunity to thank our operators, Transit Police and other staff and to honor them for another year of outstanding service to our customers and the community," said Joe Calabrese, RTA's CEO and General Manager. 

"RTA recently received one of the nation's highest awards for bus safety. It's the dedication and daily hard work of our phenomenal staff that make such achievements possible," he said.

"It's our honor to thank RTA employees for not only meeting, but also for exceeding the standards of our mission, which is to provide Safe, Reliable, Clean and Courteous public transportation," Calabrese said. 

"It's not uncommon for our staff to go beyond the call of duty and offer a helping hand during their day-to-day service. The results often mean that staff have enhanced customer safety, or even assisted law enforcement professionals as they serve as extra eyes and ears throughout our community," he said.

"Every day we learn about the quick thinking and commitment to excellence of our employees. This is our chance to award them for such a commitment, which has improved the reliability of our service, enhanced safety and security for our customers, prevented crimes, and even saved lives," Calabrese said.

The awards to be presented include:

  • Safe Operators
  • Operators-of-the-Year
  • Transit Police Exemplary Performance
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Employees-of-the-Month
  • Business Partner-of-the-Year
  • Suggestion-of-the-Year

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES of award recipients are available prior to or during the banquet presentations.

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