‘Bus Driver Appreciation Day’ is March 18

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day was started by Seattle bus riders Hans Gerwitz and Shannon Thomas in 2009
Mar 15, 2013

Everyone appreciates a little gratitude at work. Community Transit is encouraging transit riders to thank their bus drivers for all their hard work on Monday, March 18 – International Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

“Everyone thinks it’s a piece of cake to drive a bus, but when you have a schedule to keep, fares to check, questions to answer, and you are at the whim of traffic and road conditions outside your control, you realize this is a tough job,” said Community Transit Transportation Director Fred Worthen, a former driver. “It really feels good to hear ‘thanks’ from a happy customer.”

Nearly 300 drivers navigate about 1,400 Community Transit bus trips each weekday.

They log roughly as many miles as a trip around the world – each day! They also open the doors 45,000 times and interact with more than 30,000 passengers every day.

On March 18, riders are encouraged to thank their drivers in person, and/or offer their thanks through Community Transit’s online comment form at www.communitytransit.org/comments.

Riders are always encouraged to share their transit experience through our Customer Service line at (425) 353-RIDE (7433).

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day was started by Seattle bus riders Hans Gerwitz and Shannon Thomas in 2009.

They chose March 18 as the day to celebrate because that is the date that public transportation service first began in Paris. In 1662, mathematician Blaise Pascal convinced King Louis XIV to start a bus system with seven 6-to-8-passenger horse-drawn vehicles running along regular routes.

The Carosses à Cinq Sous, or Five-Penny Coaches, were popular at first, but didn’t last long.

Only nobility and gentry were allowed to ride and the buses went out of business by 1675.

Community Transit began service on Oct. 4, 1976.

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