They weren’t roping cows, but Metro employees won a prestigious award at the 19th annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo.

The “Rail Transit Team Achievement Award” is given to the transit system with the highest combined score for rail operators and maintainers. Twelve systems competed for the award, APTA officials said.

Metro’s operator team, which included Charlie Richardson and Danielle Glass, placed second. Its operator team won third place and included Adrian Tase, Roland Lamar and Jacob Stout.

The operators are judged on their professional skills, including knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment, how they operate the train, and know track right-of-way rules and procedures, according to APTA. The maintainers are judged on their ability to “troubleshoot maintenance problems,” APTA officials said.

In an e-mail to employees, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles wrote, “Metro ruled the day as together the operators and maintainers got the Overall Rail Rodeo Team win.”

“We are very proud of our colleagues and salute their accomplishment in showcasing the great industry talent represented by Metro’s workforce,” he wrote.

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