Syracuse, NY (WIBX) - Centro has earned the Transit Security Administration’s top rating for security preparedness.

To earn the "Gold Standard" rating a transit system must score an average of 90-percent on 17 security preparedness categories. TSA officials say only a few transit systems nationwide hold this distinction.

Centro covers four counties in Central New York, providing more than 14 million rides a year.

(Pictured from Left to Right: TSA Assistant Federal Security Director, Steven Hopkins, presenting the award: TSA Deputy General Manager TSNM Mass Transit & Passenger Rail Security, Chandru (Jack) Kalro, receiving the award: CNYRTA Director of Security, Michael Walsh, CNYRTA Executive Director, Frank Kobliski, and TSA Federal Security Director, Daniel Liddell.)

(Story by WIBX intern Gino Geruntino)