Each year, GBT honors its bus drivers, maintenance employees, and other staff members for safe performance. On Tuesday, February, 16, 2016, an award ceremony was held at the bus station.
Underlying GBTs mission — contributing to a better community through public transportation — is safety. Providing safe service to our riders, the people who count on us every day, is crucial. GBT provides 5.9 million rides a year with more than 21,000 bus rides each day. That’s 2,000 more customers every day than we served just five years ago.
GBT drivers are on the road more than 600 hours every day. They drive enough miles each year to travel around the world more than 84 times. They operate 24/7, 365 days a year, in all kinds of conditions. To do this without incident is no small achievement.
Jean Tucker has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 21 years!
James Gantt has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 21 years. James is also a GBT Safety Instructor.
Supervisors and dispatchers also play a role in the safety of the operation, especially throughout severe weather and other emergency events that impact our services. They work around the clock, going out on the road to make the critical call regarding service levels during disruptive weather to insure safety for our riders and drivers.
No service would be possible without the GBT maintenance staff. While they keep the bus fleet running in proper order on a day to day basis, they too have worked around the clock to keep our facilities open during extreme weather events like hurricanes and blizzards. Behind the scenes, many of our key staff members have stayed overnight in our facilities to insure we can operate as soon as possible when weather impacts service.
Maria D'Auria works in our human resources department and is a specialist in risk management.
“The dedication of such employees insures that we can meet our mission. These employees often exceed expectations to provide the best service possible,” said GBT CEO Douglas Holcomb, ”It’s a great pleasure to honor the people who provide this service.”
61 GBT bus drivers were honored with Safety Awards. 44 of these drivers have performed at the highest safety levels, without an accident for three or more years; four of these drivers have driven without an accident for 20 or more years and three have driven without an accident in 10 to 19 years.
GBT also provides door-to-door paratransit service to seniors and riders with disabilities. Six of these drivers were honored with safety awards. Maintenance and administrative staff were also honored.
NOTE: Number listed = Number of years driving at the highest safety levels
Good Friday Service
On Friday, April 14, Good Friday, GBT will be operating a Saturday schedule, with Routes 23 and 22x still operating.
Servicio el Viernes Santo
El viernes 14 de abril (Viernes Santo), GBT cumplirá el horario de los sábados, y las Rutas 23 y 22x seguirán operando.