WOODBRIDGE, VA – The Virginia Transit Association (VTA) honored OmniRide with the Exceptional Safety Award at a ceremony on Wednesday, September 29 at the VTA’s annual meeting in Tysons Corner. Executive Director Bob Schneider and OmniRide Director of Safety and Security Byren Lloyd accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Several staff members from OmniRide and Keolis were in attendance. Keolis has a contract with OmniRide to operate and maintain OmniRide’s bus service.
The award recognizes innovation and success in the development, implementation, and measurement of a safety culture. OmniRide received the award based on the organization’s response to COVID-19, the unique role the organization plays in transit in the Nation’s Capital, and for being recognized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for their security measures.
“We are honored to accept this award on behalf of OmniRide, but especially on behalf of the employees who deliver exceptional service and follow stringent security protocols every single day,” said Schneider. “It takes an entire organization to earn this type of recognition and we are humbled that the Virginia Transit Association sees our impact as leaders in safety and security.”
This is the third award OmniRide has received in the last year. In September 2020 the TSA honored OmniRide with the prestigious BASE Gold Standard Award. This is the top recognition the TSA gives to a transit agency for demonstrating outstanding performance in enhancing their security programs. OmniRide is the first and only bus-only transit system in the National Capital Region to earn this recognition. In February 2021 the Prince William Chamber of Commerce awarded OmniRide with the Business in Excellence Award. The recognition goes to businessesfor their innovation, their business sense, and their commitment to the community.
“The safety and security of our passengers and employees is our #1 priority for us at OmniRide. The fact that the VTA recognizes our commitment and the hard work we put in every day, in the midst of a pandemic, makes this award especially meaningful,” said Lloyd. “This accomplishment was a team effort, and on behalf of my coworkers and myself, I would like to thank the VTA for this recognition. We are truly humbled to be receiving this honor.”
Founded in 1977, the VTA provides public education and legislative advocacy to support public transportation systems throughout the Commonwealth. The VTA has 57 total members which include 24 transit properties, and 33 business and associate members.
OmniRide would like to publicly thank Byren Lloyd for his commitment to the security of passengers and employees at OmniRide. It is through his leadership that OmniRide was able to receive this honor from the VTA.
The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), operating as OmniRide, provides a variety of services in Prince William County, Stafford County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park including: OmniRide Express and OmniRide Local bus routes; OmniRide Ridesharing for the promotion of carpools and vanpools; and OmniRide Employer Services which helps businesses to implement and expand commuter benefit programs. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
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