In honor of Transit Driver Appreciation Day, March 18, Metro is highlighting the incredible work its nearly 500 bus operators do every day.
Seven days a week, rain or shine, night and day, Metro operators are on the road, getting riders to school, work, doctor appointments and other destinations. They maneuver large buses on small city streets while also keeping on schedule, checking fares, giving directions and engaging with customers.
In just the past year, Metro operators have received more than 300 commendations from customers. Operators have been recognized for actions that include providing first aid at the scene of a deadly hit-and-run, coming to the aid of a lost child, and assisting police at the scene of an accident.
In 2018, 337 operators received safety awards. One operator, Andrew Rodgers, marked 36 years without a preventable accident. With Metro operators traveling more than 11 million miles a year, that’s no small feat!
“Our operators are the face of our system,” said Metro Interim CEO & General Manager Darryl Haley. “They are the people our customers rely on to get them where they need to be, safely and on time. We’re grateful every day for the work that they do, but Transit Driver Appreciation Day offers a great opportunity to spotlight their hard work and accomplishments, as well as those of transit operators around the country.”
Metro, along with transit agencies across the country, will celebrate all of its operators on March 18, encouraging customers to thank their operator for the work they do in person and on social media using #TDAD.
Cincinnati Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 14 million rides per year.