Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Have you thanked your bus driver lately?

Consider this: For hours on end, bus drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, bus drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

On Tuesday, March 18, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators. It can be as simple as a smile when you board the bus, and a “thank you” when you leave. And, don’t forget you can submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)

While you are riding, you can tag your tweets #MetroSmiles with kudos or thanks for your driver. Whether tweeting or using our online comment form, be sure to note the four-digit bus number, route, time and direction so we can make sure your commendation reaches your driver.

Print out and personalize a thank you card

Want to deliver a more tangible token of your appreciation? Choose from 4 thank you card designs below. Just download and print out the PDF and cut out the card(s) you want.

Thank you heart design
I heart my bus driver
Hey driver, you really pick me up. Thanks.
For my driver, thank you.

About International Bus Driver Appreciation Day

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 transit bus (and rail) drivers 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.

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