For Immediate Release
3 October 2018
Federal Transit Administration Presents Monterey-Salinas Transit With an Outstanding Public Transportation Service Award
On Monday, October 1, Carl Sedoryk, General Manager/CEO of Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) received recognition for MST’s service to Monterey County’s rural communities.
At its 23rd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation held in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) presented Sedoryk an Outstanding Public Service Award in recognition of MST’s superior contribution to ‘providing access to education and healthcare, improving efficiency through innovative practices and supporting coordinated planning efforts in rural communities.’ K. Jane Williams, Acting FTA Administrator presented the award.
Upon receiving the award, Sedoryk said, “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the hard-working employees of MST and the communities we serve. It shows that our new and growing services to the rural communities of southern Monterey County, and special Mobility services for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities, are a model for similar communities across the nation.”
Rural communities are important to Monterey County. According to the Farm Bureau, nearly one in four households in the area relies on income related to agriculture which supports 76,054 jobs. And, Monterey County is important to the country. Crops grown in the Salinas Valley, known as the Salad Bowl of the World, supply a large percentage of the nation’s total produce.
The FTA is an agency within the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical assistance to local public transportation systems.