The public information and marketing section of Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transportation system, won several awards at the 2014 annual conference of the Florida Public Transportation Association, held Oct. 26-28 in Naples.
A first-place award of excellence was earned in the category of Internal Employee Campaign for Palm Tran’s United Way campaign efforts in 2013. During the campaign, employees conducted events focusing on employee wellness and togetherness of the organization while raising money for a worthwhile cause. The campaign raised a record amount for Palm Tran of $19,890.
A second-place award of merit was earned in the Special Events category for a retreat called “The Ultimate Bus Experience.” The Palm Tran Service and Advisory Board and the public were invited to the day-long retreat that consisted of a tour of all Palm Tran facilities and meeting with key employees, who explained procedures, answered questions and received feedback. A video of the day’s festivities was created by Palm Tran Assistant Director Charles Frazier, featuring highlights of the tour. The video captured the camaraderie of the retreat and the focus on teamwork.
Lastly, a third-place honorable mention award was presented for the Transit Watch campaign in the category of Print Collateral Instructional Information. Palm Tran and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Bureau partnered to launch a revitalized national public safety campaign “Transit Watch,” with the motto “Look around… be aware,” aimed at urging passengers and employees to be alert for suspicious activity and to notify authorities via a new toll-free number.