By Elizabeth Renteria, @CaltrainLiz

After 29 years on the job, one would think that the qualities such as patience, kindness, dependability, a smiling face and a sense of humor would have all diminished, but not for SamTrans bus operator and 2016 Employee of the Year Rene Ebro.

Every day, bus operators like Rene, get up in the morning happy to go to work on their route knowing that, for many, their faces are the first people see.  Transit operators understand the importance of their jobs and they accept the responsibility of getting passengers to their destinations safe and on time.

Often times, passengers will hop on-board the bus with headphones on, smartphones in hand or newspapers in their bag, ready to relax before reaching their destination of work, school, doctor’s appointment or entertainment.  The doors open, they disembark, and then the bus doors close again as it heads off to its next destination, quite possibly with the transit operator going unnoticed.

This Saturday, March 18, is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, although many will be honoring transit drivers on Friday, March 17.  Let’s celebrate these every day silent heroes and let them know you appreciate them.  Say hello with a simple warm greeting of “thank you for driving” or with a cheerful smile of “Happy Transit Driver Day.”   You can also share your appreciation by posting positive messages to any of our social media accounts on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtag #tdad.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget the hard work of these amazing heroes do every day on Transit Driver Appreciation Day.


About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 79 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 



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