At a ceremony on Tuesday, three TriMet operators were recognized as the 2014 Operators of the Year. Operators qualify for the annual award based on outstanding driving records, customer service and attendance, and the winners are selected by their peers.
Bus Operator of the Year: Andy Church
During his 11 years of driving, Operator Andy Church has earned nine National Safe Driving Awards, nine Superior Performance Awards and four years of perfect attendance.
Andy, who lives in Damascus, has qualified a number of times for Operator of the Month as well as Mini-Run of the Quarter when he was a part-time bus operator. He’s an “extra board” operator, which means he fills in for other operator shifts.
Andy has received many commendations from riders that highlight his kindness and helpfulness to his riders. His manager, Lyle Pereira, noted that Andy “has a great attitude, which is not always easy, but for him, it just comes natural.”
MAX Operator of the Year: Jason Wang
Jason Wang is our newest MAX Operator of the Year. The Lake Oswego resident started driving a bus for TriMet in 2000, and switched to MAX in 2007.
Jason is a high performer who has consistently qualified for operator recognition both as a bus operator and MAX operator.
He’s a Master Operator and has 12 Superior Performance Awards. TriMet’s Master Operator Program recognizes bus and rail operators who achieve overall excellence in safety, customer service and attendance.
You might see Jason up in the cab next time you ride a Red Line or Blue Line train.
Mini-Run/Part-Time Operator of the Year: Fernando Lopez
Mini-Run Operator of the Year Fernando Lopez has been driving for TriMet since 2003.
As a part-time or “mini-run” operator, Fernando has received eight Safe Driving Awards, which means he’s driven eight years without a preventable accident. He’s earned a 100 percent Customer Satisfaction Award and has had perfect attendance for the past eight years.
Fernando was also Mini-Run Operator of the Quarter back in 2009. Because of his long record of safety, good customer service and attendance, he’s qualified for that title for two-thirds of his 11-year career.
Fernando lives in Beaverton and he drives one of the busiest lines in our system: the 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove.
Congratulations Andy, Jason and Fernando!