2018 Awards

Each year, VTA recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions by individuals who are working to advance public transportation in their community. VTA also recognizes innovative, effective programs by our public transportation providers, business partners, and governmental leaders.

The Virginia Transit Association presented the following awards at its 2018 Awards Luncheon in Richmond to recognize outstanding service by individuals and exceptional transit programs and to advance and expand public transportation in the Commonwealth.  

Awards Presentation

Helen Poore Transit Professional Distinguished Service Award
The Helen Poore Transit Professional Distinguished Service Award is given to transit professionals who have made outstanding contributions to advance transit in their region and who have been actively involved in VTA. 

Steve Yaffe
Steve Yaffe has served in Arlington for over 10 years until he recently retired as the Transit Operations Manager overseeing Arlington Transit (ART) and Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR) paratransit services. Steve was previously a Fairfax County paratransit planner for 16 years

Carl Palmer
Carl Palmer has 39 years of transit and labor relations experiences. The last 10 years have been at Valley Metro in Roanoke where he has recently stepped down. Carl’s background includes transit planning and operations management as well as project development.

The Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award
These distinguished legislative leaders sponsored bills that provided a dedicated source of revenue for Metro and other reform measures.  The final bill allocated $154 million for Metro and $15 million for VRE. They also promoted the long-sought gas tax floor bill resulting in new revenues for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads transportation

Finally, they have promoted public transportation as a major component for growing and diversifying Virginia’s economy and alleviating congestion.

Senator Richard Saslaw

Senator George Barker

Delegate “Rip” Sullivan

Outstanding Community Program Award

Alexandria Transit Company (DASH)
DASH Stuff the Bus: Provided a means for the community to donate food items and clothing via DASH. DASH was on-site at various community locations in the DASH Celebration Bus collecting items. The campaign drew in hundreds of donations from the community. 

Outstanding Public Transportation Marketing Award

GRTC Transit
“Your New GRTC Transit System: It’s Time To Connect!”
The campaign took complicated information and condensed it into understandable and relatable messaging, placed in targeted locations to reach riders about historic improvements to network in 2018

Campaign to communicate directly with riders and stakeholders about Metro’s work plan to improve the safety and reliability of rail and bus service in 2017 and beyond. Proven to be effective in creating realistic, measurable goals that the public connects to and provides regular updates on the progress achieved.

Outstanding Marketing Award: Honorable Mention

Loudoun County Transit
“Next Stop Silver Line”
Campaign created to promote bus ridership to the Silver Line Metrorail Station. It included print ads, bus ads, social media, a fold-out map/brochure, and animated video. Metro connection ridership to the Silver Line increased 11%. 

Employee Unsung Hero Award

Phyllis Williams, JAUNT Operator Extraordinaire
Phyllis was hired to do JAUNT’s early morning Buckingham route to Charlottesville and quickly proved herself to be a dependable, responsible, and valued employee. Phyllis has enhanced JAUNT’s training program and provided invaluable support to the Road Supervisor and Training Manager. She is humble and out of the spotlight and maintains such a low profile that she is often “unsung.”

Thank you to our Platinum and Awards Luncheon Sponsors:

Apollo Video Technology/

Luminator Technology Group


Rosco, Inc.

Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP