Transit agencies and the companies that supply them work tirelessly to keep transit running. The CUTA Awards are a way to honour and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations that go above and beyond.
Nominations are now closed for 2022.
We honour individuals with five awards:
- William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award
to someone who’s shown exceptional service for at least 25 years. The winner is inducted into the CUTA Hall of Fame.
- Edward J. Dowling Award for Distinguished Service
to a transit professional who has excelled for 10 or more years.
to recognize single, major contributions that made public transit better.
for heroic acts that go above and beyond the call of duty.
- Young Leaders Award (new individual award category for 2022 )
to recognize individuals 35 years of age and younger, working in the public transit industry, who demonstrates exceptional leadership, initiative and involvement towards the advancement of public transit.
And we also honour organizations through our corporate awards:
- Marketing and Communications
for excellence in advertising, corporate communications, or public relations.
- Environmental Sustainability
for systems whose projects helped our environment
- Safety and Security
for systems that took extra steps to keep riders and workers safe
to recognize excellence in using technology to make services more efficient
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award (new corporate award category for 2022 )
to recognize initiatives, programs, and outreach undertaken by businesses, transit systems, and/or their municipal owners, committed to inclusive, accessible, diverse workplaces and community. This could include hiring practices, employee benefits, workplace culture, initiatives and programs, and overall customer and community experience.
You can learn more about our nomination criteria by viewing the CUTA Awards Guidelines.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion at CUTA:
CUTA members come from all walks of life and so do we. For our individual leadership awards, we welcome nominations from a wide variety of backgrounds. We encourage nominations for women, BIPOC, persons living with a disability, and persons who identify with the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Hall of Fame
Named after CUTA’s first president (1904-1906), the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement award is a prestigious public transit honour, and is awarded to an individual with exceptional involvement in the promotion and practice of public transit in Canada. The Award recognizes the outstanding and consistent effort of a transit employee/advocate for a minimum of 25 years of service who, through their dedication and commitment, has led to the advancement and betterment of the public transit industry as a whole. The William G. Ross Award recipients are inducted in CUTA’s Hall of Fame.