Sunday, March 18, is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

Did you know that Sunday, March 18, 2012, is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day?

You didn’t?

OK, so maybe it’s not an official holiday… yet. Here’s your chance to help us spread the word and make it a tradition!

School bus drivers have their day to shine, and so do truck drivers. Bus Driver Appreciation Day was conceived in 2009 by some riders up in Seattle, and we think it’s a great way to honor the many hard-working bus (and rail) operators who keep us all moving every day.

Why March 18? That’s the day that bus service is believed to have debuted in Paris in 1662. If you don’t ride on Sundays, feel free to observe the holiday on Monday!

Some might think driving a bus is easy, but consider this: For hours on end, operators manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering a 40-foot vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces. Not only that, they face frustrated riders when the bus is late—even when it’s because of traffic or other circumstances out of their control. And then there’s that little issue of bathroom breaks… Fact is, bus drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

So here’s a shout out to our 1,200+ bus and rail operators, and transit operators everywhere: THANK YOU and keep up the good work!

By the way, you don’t have to wait for an annual holiday to thank your operator for a job well done. You can submit a commendation any time using our easy online form at trimet.org or by calling 503-238-RIDE (option 5).

Visit busdriverday.org and help us spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers!

Dave Whipple

I'm TriMet’s manager of marketing and rider communications. I oversee the agency's web and mobile initiatives and help build useful and usable online tools for riders. I also moonlight as a musician in my spare time.

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