EMPLOYEE HONORS AND INDUSTRY AWARDS
Whether we are giving our employees awards for distinguished service or receiving accolades from the transit and business worlds for everyday excellence, we never forget that the highest honor of all is helping the people of Hillsborough County.
HART COO Named to Mass Transit' Top 40 Under 40 List
HART Chief Operating Officer Katharine Eagan was named to this year's prestigious Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list, honoring those professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry. The announcement was made September 2012 and Ms. Eagan becomes the first HART employee to receive this recognition. Honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement, achievement in his or her position and innovation in his or her field. Read more
2012: Double Recognition for HART Bus Operator
Jerry Goodman received runner up for Driver of the Year by the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA). Mr. Goodman was presented the award Oct. 30 at a special ceremony during FPTA's annual conference, which took place this year in Daytona Beach.
Mr. Goodman has been with HART for 28 years, starting off as a service attendant and then getting behind the wheel a year later.
"My supervisor had come to me at the time about the opportunity to drive the bus," Goodman said. "I thought, well, if I don't like it, I can always go back to being a service attendant." He never went back.
Mr. Goodman is one of a handful of HART employees to reach 2 million miles of safe driving. He marked this milestone earlier this year. On average, it takes about 14 years for a bus operator to reach 1 million miles of driving without a preventable accident.
Working at HART almost since its inception, Mr. Goodman has witnessed its many changes. In fact, he was one of the operators to initiate the streetcar system when it opened in 2002 and drove as a streetcar operator for about five years.
"It seems like HART has become more service-oriented over the years," Mr. Goodman said in summarizing the agency's direction over his time here. "The best part of my job is helping a customer get from Point A to Point B."
On weekdays, customers will find Mr. Goodman operating Routes 5 and 53LX. A native of Tampa and graduate of Plant High School, Mr. Goodman now lives in Brandon with his wife of 35 years.
Million Mile Club Awards
Each year, the Tampa Area Safety Council recognizes the "Million Mile Club" drivers. Achieving this feat means these operators drove for approximately 14 years or 25,000 miles without a preventable accident. More than 50 HART bus operators have reached this goal. See 2011 recipients.
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