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Transportation Agency Seeks Award Winners to Salute

CONTACT:

Catalina Alvarado
510.817.5783

Reka Goode
510/464-7706

OAKLAND, Calif., May 11, 1999 . . . Do you know a person or organization who has made an extraordinary contribution to the way people get around in the Bay Area? The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) urges you to recommend them for an award.

As the regional transportation planning agency for the nine-county San Francisco region, MTC's annual awards program recognizes individuals, programs and organizations that come up with new and better ways to help people get where they're going each day. Consider nominating:

• transportation employees who excel at their jobs and go above the call of duty;

• innovative activities that make more efficient use of the transportation network;

• significant efforts to inform and educate the public about transportation issues;

• programs and organizations that improve transit service;

• successful efforts to promote the use of alternatives to driving alone;

• members of the media who have done an outstanding job of reporting transportation issues.

The public also is encouraged to submit nominations for four special awards that are part of MTC's awards program: a Special Transportation Employee Award recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond the requirements of his or her job; the Doris W. Kahn Accessible Transportation Award honors a person or organization whose efforts have resulted in significant improvement in transportation services for the elderly or persons with disabilities; the John F. Foran Legislative Award honors a state or federal legislator whose work has had a positive effect on transportation; and the Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term, steadfast quality leadership in the transportation profession.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 11, 1999. Winners will be selected by a jury representing MTC, the media, the business and environmental communities, and citizens. For an application form, visit the MTC Web page at <www.mtc.ca.gov>, or call the MTC Public Information Office at 510.817.5757.

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