Thursday, July 05, 2007

Nominees for the '07 Rippers

Ah, July! Fireworks, baseball, barbeques, and, of course, the Annual Ripper Awards! Think of these awards as our own kind of Fireworks!

Some believe that a Ripper is really a particular kind of Hot Dog from Rutt's Hut in Clifton, New Jersey. That maybe true, but what we are talking about here is Riptrack's Annual Awards for the "Best" and "Worst" Transit and Rail Commuter Agencies. Awards are generally limited to the United States.

In 2005, Rippers for Best Agency went to Caltrain, Denver RTD, Southern California Regional Railway Authority (Metrolink), Trinity Rail Express, and the Utah Transit Authority. In '06, Caltrain, Denver RTD, Metrolink, and Trinity Rail Express repeated, but the UTA dropped out in favor of the Port Authority Trans Hudson.

The less-desired Worst Awards went to MARTA in Atlanta, North San Diego County, VTA in Santa Clara County, St. Louis Metro, and WMATA in the District of Columbia in 2005, with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Tren Urbano replacing St. Louis Metro and VTA in '06.

Who will it be in '07? Let your voice be heard! Simply leave your comments below, and they will be considered in the final, completely arbitrary and non-binding final awards.