March is a popular month for commemorative days. With more than 150, and examples ranging from World Kidney Day to Medal of Honor Day, there’s an opportunity to recognize, observe and celebrate a variety of special people, occasions and causes.
There is one day in March that is particularly meaningful this year and one that I hope will not be overlooked. March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day, and, on the 18th, I encourage everyone to take a few moments to acknowledge the important role that bus drivers play in many people’s day-to-day lives.
Bus drivers are essential workers, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been vital to the continuation of bus service all over the country. Here in Greenville, we are especially grateful for their commitment and their willingness to be on the front lines during such an unprecedented time. Without our drivers’ dedication, Greenlink would have been forced to cut service schedules.
I’m proud to say that not only were we able to continue providing transportation services to those who need us most, but on Jan. 4, Greenlink also extended its weekday operating hours from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. This service improvement required 12 new positions — a 25% increase in staffing levels during the pandemic.
On March 18, please consider giving Greenlink drivers a smile and a wave if you pass them on the road, thanking them for their hard work as you board the bus, or dropping by the Greenlink Transit Center at 100 West McBee Avenue to let them know you appreciate their service to our community.
Board chair, Greenville County Transit Authority