Hug your bus driver today on Transit Driver Appreciation Day

It’s March 18. Have you hugged your bus driver today?

Here's one of the card design ready for you to print at transitdriverday.org.

Here’s one of the card design ready for you to print at transitdriverday.org.

March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day. And while you’re probably better off not hugging the driver of the #36 Broadway (that screen might get in the way), you can at least give him or her a hearty welcome and wish thim a great day.

If you’re really moved by Transit Driver Appreciation Day, you could go to the website and print out a thank you card.

According to the site, “Transit Driver Appreciation Day was conceived in 2009 by some riders in Seattle, and we think it’s a great way to honor the many hard-working men and women who keep us all moving every day.”

I heartily agree. Too bad you can’t hug your train motorman, since he’s hiding in his compartment, working hard.

Oh, and why March 18? “That’s the day that bus service is believed to have debuted in Paris in 1662.”

There you have it.

Now hug it out!
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  • I'm certainly not going to hug their boss, that idiot & liar Claypool.
    In today's Trib, he got a letter printed that states the CTA has bought new rail cars for a more comfortable ride.
    Really?
    The 5000s a more comfortable ride?
    But then, this clown rides only the Ravenswood trains where the nice 3200s run!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Actually Scooter, the 5000's are more comfortable, since the braking is much smoother. I think you're referring to how seating can get tight with aisle-facing seats and our bigger girth.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Not to mention quieter. I'm not sure if this is due to simply being new, and having in-spec components, or the design of the wheelsets and traction motors. Either way, you can actual think while riding on them.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    The rotten seats are all that matters!
    I don't care about smooth or noise. I rode the 6000s for decades in the summer, in the tunnels, with all the windows open.
    That's noise!
    But the seats had padding & faced forward/backward, not this crap!
    And the only reason the trains are quieter is that the door edges interlock.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    In any event, Claypool is celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day by bringing up another 30 on disciplinary charges.

  • In reply to jack:

    Not enough!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I concur. I fail to see how they are going to discipline anyone seeing as the CTA does not have a disciplinarian on staff.

  • Lol. OK, I'll give the driver a hug when I get off the bus provided, a) he didn't stop the bus 3 feet from the curb, requiring me to leap over the giant pothole/puddle to get to the sidewalk, b) he didn't yell at me to stand behind the yellow line, even though the bus is packed like a sardine can, and moving back is impossible, and c) he didn't use the accelerator like an on/off switch, jerking the standing riders off their feet at every opportunity.

  • 1. Do not hug a bus operator while they're driving.
    2. Since you can't hug the motorman, why not hug a rail station customer assistant?

  • In reply to ambrosewilde:

    I like that idea Ambrose!

  • I thank the bus drivers every day. It's just the polite thing to do.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    That's the right approach, Cheryl. Good for you!

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Rock on, transit workers are not the enemy. They are getting screwed as badly working working for the 1% as we are having to rely on the 1% for our transportation needs.

  • In reply to johnpseudonym:

    They make $31.31 an hour, plus benefits, which include gold plated health care & a government pension that's at least 3 times what I'll get from Social Security.

    The one thing they're not getting is screwed!

  • Will do, very nice - thanks! I was so excited the day I saw you and your wife on the Red Line.

  • Kevin, do you really expect me believe you're sincere, after all the lack of respect you have given transit workers? With the straw that broke the camel's back being when you stated that you have no problem with motormen/operators cleaning their entire 8 car train? Yeah right!

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Yes ibill, I am totally serious. Bus and rail operators work hard under less than optimal conditions. They deserve a shout-out.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Does that mean you have changed your mind and are appauled at the way management has treated it's workers?

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Well iBill, that's a pretty broad statement. Can you give me examples of how you think workers are mistreated by management? And don't mention having to clean rails cars, because we've already agreed to disagree on that.

    And speaking of cleaning rail cars, do motormen still have to do that, since the apprentice car cleaners have returned?

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I don't believe that motormen are rerquired to clean their trains anymore, since atu 308 gave in to what appeared to be blackmail. Unless you allow people to to hired at sub par wages, the harrassment will continue.

    Don't forget November 9, 1997 when the one man operation, OPTO started, where safety and service were compromised, and the motormen have yet to receive a penny more for their troubles.

    Also no paid sick days.

    Acelerated disicipline, where people with clean records get fired for violations that at one time they would receive mere suspensions..

  • Thank you for another essential article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a complete way of writing?

  • In reply to AndersonSmith:

    Very kind of you to say Anderson! Thanks.

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