Fraser Valley – On Friday March 16, BC Transit will join all other transit systems across North America in celebrating International Transit Driver Appreciation Day, an annual event created to recognize the professionals who safely and reliably get people where they need to go every day.
(The actual day for International Transit Driver Appreciation Day is March 18, but with that falling on the Sunday, BC Transit moved the date up to the Friday)
Anyone who has every been a “strap-hanger” knows that Transit Drivers are always under the gun and sometimes, they have to take the brunt of unfair criticism.
BC Transit systems featured this year include Central Fraser Valley, Victoria, Nanaimo and Chilliwack.
“BC Transit drivers keep our communities moving and their work plays a big part in making British Columbia a good place for people to live,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claire Trevena. “I recently had a chance to learn about ‘a day in the life’ of a transit driver—as well as getting to drive a bus—and I have a deep appreciation for the skills and professionalism involved in this demanding job. So on this day, a big thanks to all the hardworking drivers out there.”
In honour of over 1,350 transit operators across British Columbia, BC Transit has collected stories from communities across the province and produced a series of short videos showcasing some of the dedicated people behind the wheel.
Below is BC Transit’s driver appreciation video:
Bus riders wishing to make Transit Driver Appreciation Day more special for their favourite operators can use the hashtag #TDAD on social media, or simply thank their driver whenever they exit the bus.
For information on schedules, routes and service alerts, please visit bctransit.com.