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Have You Thanked Your Bus Driver Lately?

Rapid bus drivers keep our community moving. They maneuver through traffic and weather conditions of all kinds to get you safely to work, school, appointments, and everything in between. And on top of ensuring the safe and timely arrival of passengers to destinations, they also must check fares, give directions, and ensure that the needs of passengers are met accordingly. Most bus drivers make multitasking look second nature. 

On Wednesday, March 18, consider going out of your way to show gratitude for your bus driver in honor of Transit Driver Appreciation Day. While simply saying thank you can brighten anyone’s day, you might consider doing something extra special for your Rapid bus driver. If you’re looking for something more personal, considering signing and printing the Transit Driver Appreciation Day cards available online to pass out to your favorite bus driver or drivers. You can also share positive feedback about your favorite driver with The Rapid’s transportation department via our online contact form. (This is something you can do any time of year!)

For those curious about the history behind March 18, this is the day when the world’s first urban bus system made its debut in Paris in 1662. In the centuries since, public transit operators have kept the world moving. They’ve helped us through everything from day-to-day traffic to serious economic recessions—needless to say, the job isn’t always easy.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to make a Rapid bus driver’s day a little brighter by showing them your appreciation.

How do you thank your bus driver?

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.