Louis Bishop’s bus driving career started 16 years ago when he drove long-distance charter buses in New Jersey. Three years later, he moved to Greenville and has been with Greenlink for the past 13 years.
Why did you decide to become a bus driver?
Driving [buses] appealed to me because I like working with people and enjoy knowing that what I do helps them get where they need to go.
What brought you to Greenville?
My wife and I visited a friend who lived in Greenville three years after I started driving, and we fell in love with the city. Falls Park was beautiful, and we decided to call this home.
What is a normal day like for you?
I enjoy greeting my regular riders every day as they board the bus. I am excited to see new faces, visitors or college students ride the bus for the first time. I’m currently working overtime due to our need for more drivers with our expanded hours, but I understand that my role is important in keeping our buses moving.
Greenlink’s management is creative and has a good understanding of the public’s needs. The continuous improvements, such as later hours, are appreciated by riders, and I enjoy being a part of that.
How did COVID-19 change your job?
Greenlink has done a great job protecting its drivers and sanitizing the buses. While we’ve limited the number of passengers on a bus, there have not been any service cuts. We’ve continued to operate as essential workers and kept our services available to the public.
What is the biggest misconception about being a Greenlink bus driver?
A bus doesn’t drive like a car and is not a taxi service. I have to take turns slower, stop to let passengers get on or off, and be more cautious. These practices, in conjunction with growing traffic, can sometimes lead to frustrations. I’d like to remind people that we’re being safe and providing a service to many people.
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