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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) presented San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System with the 2009 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award at its annual meeting on Tuesday, October 6, in Orlando, Florida.

“The APTA Award winners are models of excellence in the public transportation industry who have significantly advanced public transportation,” said APTA president William Millar. “Winning this prestigious award means that you are one of the national leaders in the North American public transportation industry.”

According to an APTA press release, San Diego was one of three public transportation agencies that were honored as the best transit agencies in North America. (Olympia, Washington's Intercity Transit and Lynchburg, Virginia's Greater Lynchburg Transit Company were the other two honorees.) The MTS has demonstrated achievement in efficiency and effectiveness from 2006–2008. The San Diego Metropolitan System provides service to 94 million passengers annually or 290,000 each weekday.

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PistolPete Oct. 12, 2009 @ 11:21 a.m.

What a joke. Too bad it's not a laughing matter.

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nan shartel Oct. 12, 2009 @ 3:25 p.m.

uh oh...shades of "does Obabma deserve the Nobel Peace prize""

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....another award to the absurd

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cosmoquark Oct. 26, 2009 @ 4:18 a.m.

Those of us who regularly use public transit in the San Diego metropolitan area know that this award is not merely undeserved -- it is ridiculous. Those of us who have tried public transit in other metropolitan areas, such as San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, DC -- to name just a few -- know that San Diego's public transit system is not only one of the most dysfunctional in the US, but at the same time also imposes on its riders among the most expensive fares in the country. One who wishes to function successfully in this city would have to be a fool to rely on the MTS system, because without a car, he or she is at a great disadvantage using MTS to reach all but the most central destinations. And don't even think about trying to get anywhere in North County, which has a separate transit system.

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Microsoft92114 Nov. 14, 2009 @ 3:21 p.m.

I really appreciate the MTS planning of routes that seem to be able to get me to where I am going. I am sad that they will be cutting services to meet their budget.

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