The Virginia Railway Express received an award from the Virginia Transit Association on Friday for its campaign on rail security.
The commuter rail system took home an honorable mention for its “security is no accident” campaign during VTA’s annual luncheon in Portsmouth, Va. The award is given to transit systems that have implemented “significant or exceptional” marketing campaigns that improve public transportation, VTA officials said.
VRE’s security campaign was funded through a Department of Homeland Security grant and includes a series of posters, bookmarks and window decals that remind commuters to report any suspicious behaviors or packages they see while traveling, VTA officials said. The campaign began in fall 2010 and is still used today on trains and at VRE stations.
VRE, which operates two commuter rail lines in Virginia, is one of 27 transit systems that make up the state’s transportation association, VTA officials said.