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Maple Grove Transit Receives Transit System of the Year Award

Nov 03, 2018 10:21PM

Maple Grove Transit received the 2018 Transit System of the Year Award (photos provided by city of Maple Grove)

The 2018 Transit System of the Year Award was awarded to Maple Grove Transit recently at the Minnesota Public Transportation Conference. 

The award from the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) was presented based on "demonstrated achievement in efficiency and effectiveness," according to a press release from the city of Maple Grove, in areas of ridership, cost, safety, maintenance proficiency as well as agency policy and administration.

 “Maple Grove Transit had a very transformative year with strategic changes that set a foundation for continued success for years to come.  Being recognized by your peers is a great validation of moving in the right direction,” Maple Grove Transit Administrator Mike Opatz said.

The following projects "demonstrate that Maple Grove Transit merits the MPTA Transit System of the Year Award," according to the city of Maple Grove.  

-Rebrand of Maple Grove Transit with new logo and graphics
-New name, branding, and vehicles for the Dial-A-Ride service – now known as My Ride
-New dispatching and scheduling software for My Ride program
-Implementation of mobile fare payment for My Ride
-TSA security review and audit 

“Our growth has been tremendous,” Opatz said. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help of the community members in our transit commission, the city council, front-line employees, and our providers, Metro Transit and Midwest Paratransit Services. We thank them all for their continued partnership.”

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