Public display of appreciation for bus and van operators is March 18

It’s been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we operate and stay connected. Every day since last March, our more than 1,200 bus and van operators have kept our region moving safely and have been responsible for delivering passengers to work, school, appointments, and other destinations.

Graphic: VIA StatisticsThis Thursday, March 18, we can say Thank You by observing Transit Driver Appreciation Day in VIA style at several locations, acts as cheering sections, and hold up “Thank You” signs as operators pull in and out of Transit Center stops. Last year, our celebration was 100 percent virtual. This year, VIA employees will go to transit centers to show their support—in small, masked, socially-distanced groups.

The observance acknowledges operators’ contribution to keeping our community moving. During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we honor our public servants who are essential to keeping our community moving.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day began in 2009 as an opportunity to show gratitude for public transportation operators. For hours on end, drivers keep to their schedules, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember requests, and more, all while maneuvering large vehicles through unpredictable traffic and weather conditions.

VIA’s team will recognize the agency’s bus and van operators with public displays of appreciation, and urge the traveling public to thank their bus or van driver. Riders can also offer feedback by using the hashtag #TDAD on Facebook (@VIAtransit), Instagram (@VIAtransit), or Twitter (@VIA_transit).