The "Rippers" are coming! The "Rippers" are coming!
First the Oscars, and now the Rippers! The Rippers will be the first of what I hope will be an annual award. Riptrack will award five "Rippers" to the best public transit agencies, arbitrarily based on the quality of Relationships with Contractors and Vendors, and on the quality of their resulting Trackage Projects.
Awards will be limited to Agencies who operate primarily in the United States. Awards will be highly subjective and opinionated, but will be based on the combined experiences and testimony of suppliers and contractors who have been involved with the best and the worst of Transit and Commuter Rail Agencies.
Shortly after the award for the "Best", the breathlessly anticipated "Rippers" will be awarded to the "Five Worst" and most infamous Agencies. These are the Agencies who do not seem to know the difference between "Track" and "Rail", and as a consequence probably pay more and receive less for their money than the Best agencies do.
Do you have any thoughts on who deserves a Ripper? Please leave it in the comments section below. It certainly will be considered, together with other significant factors, all weighted accordingly.