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GBT Safety Awards 2019

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Each year, GBT honors its bus drivers, maintenance employees, and other staff members for safe performance. On Thursday, February 28, 2019, 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 5.1+ million rides a year with more than 17,000 bus rides each day.

 

GBT drivers are on the road more than 540 hours every day. They drive enough miles each month to travel around the world more than six times. They operate 365 days a year, in all kinds of conditions. To do this without incident is no small achievement.

 

James Gantt - 24 Years 

James Gantt has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 24 years. James is also a GBT Safety Instructor.

James Gantt has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 21 years. James is also a GBT Safety Instructor.

 

 

Michael Banks - 23 Years 

Michael Banks has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 23 years.
Michael Banks has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 23 years.

 

 

Dean Farmassony - 19 Years 

Dean Famassony has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 19 years. Dean is also a GBT Safety Instructor.
Dean Famassony has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 19 years.




Oscar Mera - 18 Years 

Oscar Mera has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 18 years.
Oscar Mera has been driving GBT buses at the highest safety levels for 18 years.

 


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.

 

“The dedication of such employees insures that we can meet our mission. These employees often exceed expectations to provide the best service possible. It’s a great pleasure to honor them all.”
Douglas Holcomb, GBT CEO

 

66 GBT bus drivers were honored with Safety Awards. 46 of these drivers have performed at the highest safety levels, without an accident for five or more years; two of these drivers have driven without an accident for 20 or more years and two have driven without an accident in 15 to 19 years.

 

GBT also provides door-to-door paratransit service to seniors and riders with disabilities. 13 of these drivers were honored with safety awards. Maintenance and administrative staff were also honored.

 

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Fixed Route Bus Driver Award Winners

NOTE: Number listed = Number of years driving at the highest safety levels

James Gantt - 24
Michael Banks - 23
Dean Farmassony - 19
Oscar Mera – 18
Abraham Kagabo – 14
Kimberly Giles – 12
Jean Page – 12
Denham Wilson - 12
Lorraine Dennis - 11
Barbara Grant - 11
Robert Newman - 11
Orlando Abrams - 10
Frantz Cassagnol - 10
Jose Cumpa - 10
Gerri Dantzler - 10
Michael Moore - 10
Marvester Robinson – 10
David Farrar – 9
Joseph Ferrante - 9
Linda Gillard - 9
Marsha Smith - 9
Delroy Bennett - 8
Dexter Davis - 8
Coraly Gantt - 8
Glenwood Nelson - 8
Terry Spell - 8
Nathan Steinfeld - 8
Francisco Velez - 8
Michael Brooks - 7
Ansumana Fofana - 7
Glen Hill - 7
Milton Kirton - 7
Edwin Muniz - 7
Cleveland Shelby - 7
Nathan Washington - 7
William Correa - 6
Raul Harris - 6
Sean Liggins - 6
Ashley Marshall - 6
Raoul Noel - 6
Patricia Rabb - 6
Arnold Charles - 5
Albert Derubis - 5
Darryl Manson - 5
David Roebuck - 5
Mckinley Sanford - 5
Tyrone Craig - 4
Ella Elliot - 4
Herve Nonez - 4
George Reid - 4
Jose Semidey - 4
James Nesmith – 4
Axel Champagne - 3
Johanna de Jesus - 3
Veronica Green - 3
Jean Robert Labastille - 3
Timothy Martin - 3
Teisha Reid - 3
Lisa Aponte – 2
Solomon Dennard - 2
Ricardo Olmo - 2
James Smith - 2
Catherine Teasley - 2
Alisia Brown - 1
Wendy Martinez - 1
Luis Velazquez - 1

 

Paratransit Bus Driver Award Winners

NOTE: Number listed = Number of years driving at the highest safety levels

Selby Quashie – 14
Russell Colon – 10
Ismael Sanchez – 7
Roy Bartolomeo – 6
Rafael Dejesus – 6
Latoya Manns – 5
Jacqueline Mercado – 5
Veda Salahuddin-Lannotti – 5
Hector Torres – 5
Daisy Bryant – 3
David Perez – 3
Daniel Berry – 2
Carlton Foster – 2

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