Innovative technology has helped the Rogue Valley Transportation District earn national and regional awards for excellence in services, sustainability and financial reporting.

“It’s a big honor that people are believing in our effort,” RVTD General Manager Julie Brown says. “We’ve become leaders, and people have taken notice of our works.”

RVTD, headquartered in Medford, won Urban Transportation System of the Year in June, after the executive director of Community Transportation Association of America nominated RVTD out of 300 other transportation districts. Board members of CTAA, who pick the winner, noted that RVTD “has distinguished itself both in the level of service it provides and innovative ways of doing business.”

RVTD also continued its 13-year streak of receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, an award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. RVTD Finance Director Deb Wilbur separately received, for the third time, the Financial Reporting Achievement Award for excellence.

At the 2017 Green Transportation Summit and Expo in Portland in April, RVTD earned the Western Region Sustainable Fleet Pioneer award for being the first transportation district on the West Coast to use compressed natural gas. Brown says RVTD has been using natural gas since 1994, and since then has encouraged other transportation districts to follow its footsteps. Recently, Rogue Disposal and Recycling has transitioned from using regular diesel to natural gas with the help of RVTD, Brown says. RVTD is also one of the few transportation districts in Oregon that allows riders to purchase fares online or on their phones through TouchPass.

RVTD, founded in 1975, covers about 200 miles in the Rogue Valley, including Medford, Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Central Point, White City and Jacksonville.

Reach reporting intern Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or tnguyen@mailtribune.com. Follow her on Twitter @nguyenntrann.