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Media Relations Contact:
Rachel Hedstrom, Mapsco
Mark A. Ball, DART

December 8, 2009

Employees nominate company for unique honor based on usage of Mapsco products to achieve DART's daily mission

Mapsco Names DART First Corporate 'Road Scholar'

Mapsco VP of Sales Jim Welch, DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, DART Chairman of the Board Bill Velasco and Mapsco COO Tracy Eubanks display the first ever MAPSCO 'Road Scholar' Corporate Award.
Mapsco VP of Sales Jim Welch, DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, DART Chairman of the Board Bill Velasco and Mapsco COO Tracy Eubanks display the first ever Mapsco "Road Scholar" Corporate Award.
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Two Dallas-based companies critical to getting people where they need to go now have another link. Dallas Area Rapid Transit has won the distinct honor of being named the first corporate "Mapsco Road Scholar." The award was presented to DART Chairman of the Board Bill Velasco and President/Executive Director Gary Thomas on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 during DART's monthly board meeting.

"We appreciate the recognition by Mapsco and we appreciate that they share our passion for helping people get around our area safely and efficiently," DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said.

DART was chosen as the first corporate Mapsco Road Scholar based on a number of entries employees submitted talking about their daily usage of Mapsco products. For example, DART teaches a class on map reading to Paratransit operators which involves Mapsco street guides. The operators map their trips each time using Mapsco. Station monitors and transportation supervisors use them regularly to answer questions about area landmarks, large employers and major destinations along bus routes.

"We are pleased to be considered a resource for one of Dallas' most important agencies," said Tracy Eubanks, executive vice president and COO of Mapsco, Inc. "DART has a tremendously positive impact on the way people move around Dallas, and we are proud to be a part of that."

DART was chosen from dozens by a judging panel comprised of Mapsco leadership and several local media personalities: Tammy Dombeck, NBC 5; Alexa Conomos, WFAA; and Victoria Snee, Mix 102.9.

DART receives a $250 gift certificate for Mapsco products, a photo and story in a half-page ad in the 60th edition Dallas Street Guide and 41st edition Fort Worth Street Guide (to debut in the fall of 2010) - and bragging rights as an official "Mapsco Road Scholar."

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