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Have You Thanked Your Bus Operator Lately?

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One day. Two words. So many reasons.

The Rapid’s Bus Operators 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. Let’s be honest, bus operators make multitasking look second nature. And most do it all with a smile.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day typically takes place on March 18, but this year we’re joining the national movement and celebrating our hard-working bus operators on Friday, March 17. Remember, bus operators don’t have an easy job. They just make it look that way. Please consider going out of your way to show your appreciation for them on Transit Driver Appreciation Day.

Here are some ways you can say thank you:

Print and Sign a Transit Driver Appreciation Day Card

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.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day cards will also be available to pick up at Rapid Central Station’s Information Center beginning on Thursday, March 15.

Leave A Compliment

You can also share positive feedback about your favorite operator with The Rapid’s Transportation Department via our online contact form. There’s also the option to post directly to our Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to (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 Operator’s day a little brighter by showing them your appreciation.

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.