posted on Monday, May 24, 2010
The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority (PDRTA) brought
home two top SCDOT awards from the recent Transportation
Association of South Carolina (TASC) conference: Best Urban Transit
Provider of the Year, and bus operator Amy Ragin was named best
driver of the year.
The best driver award was presented to Ms. Ragin at the
Statewide Rodeo Banquet on Saturday, February 6. Ms. Ragin, a
native of Dillon, has been employed by PDRTA since June 2006 and
has received Employee of the Month awards on two separate
occasions. The best driver award was presented to Ms. Ragin as a
result of her exemplary actions in assisting a customer who was
experiencing a heart attack.
Glennith Johnson, Deputy Secretary, SCDOT Mass Transit Division
presented the Best Urban Transit System award to Executive Director
Janice Baroody, citing PDRTA's administrative and operational
excellence, sound fiscal management, improved public relations, and
increased civic involvement; all of which have resulted in
"PDRTA is very honored to accept the Best Transit System award
on behalf of all our customers and employees. We're also very proud
that Amy Ragin received well deserved recognition from the SCDOT
and the entire South Carolina transit industry for her exceptional
customer care. We look forward to continuing to serve the
transportation needs of the Pee Dee Region and being part of
efforts to improve the economic health of our communities.", said
Executive Director Janice Baroody.
Serving a geographic area of over 3,500 square miles, PDRTA has
expanded the Florence Transit System during a time when the
national transportation trend was to cut service and/or raise
fares. Several additional accomplishments cited in the award
- Creating new routes serving the outskirts of the Florence
- Increasing the number of daily trips on the Lake City to Myrtle
Beach service, a route that has enabled workers to meet adjusted
work schedules created as a result of the economic downturn.
- Developing partnerships with Northeastern Technical College;
Francis Marion University; the US Census Bureau; the United
Motorcoach Association; as well as City and County governments, to
provide services that provide direct benefits to the communities
within PDRTA's service area.
- Being "at the table" to encourage the inclusion of bus shelter
and bus stop areas at subdivisions and affordable housing
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