The American Public Transportation Association has awarded Seattle-based Sound Transit and Olympia-based Intercity Transit the nation’s first “gold” signatory status level for their individual agency commitments to sustainability.
 
The award recognizes organizations in the public transportation industry for their work preserving the environment, reducing waste, modeling social responsibility and helping bolster economic vitality in the regions they serve. APTA has four levels of recognition: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. To reach each level, agencies must show that they are maintaining an effective environmental compliance program and making continuous sustainability improvements.

Gold status indicates the agencies are becoming highly efficient in their management of natural resources, including energy, air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions and water.