By Tasha Bartholomew, @tashbart
This blog post is the last a three-part series highlighting bus operators and maintenance workers who have 20 to 30 years of perfect on the job safety records.
For SamTrans Bus Operator Trinidad Ramirez, the best part about his job over the last two decades has been transporting students to school each day because he’s been able to watch them grow into young adults over the years.
Ramirez has been driving SamTrans buses since 1988 and was recently honored by the SamTrans Board of Directors for earning his 20-year Safe Driver Award from the National Safety Council. For his achievement, Ramirez received a certificate of appreciation, a badge and a lapel pin for his uniform, plus a special gift. Ramirez also was selected as Operator of the Month in July 2012.
Ramirez said he earned his 20 years of safe driving because he treats each passenger like precious cargo, and always keeps in mind that safety and excellent customer service are his top priorities on the job.
His advice to new bus operators: “Take your time and be patient. On turns, go no more than 5 mph and read your mirrors. Always know the position of your bus.”
When he is not working, Ramirez enjoys spending time with his wife of 29 years, family, friends and his cats. He also likes cooking, exercising, watching sports, reading, playing the drums and listening to music.