Today, we salute the people who get behind the wheel every day — rain, shine or snow — to move vast numbers of our city’s population around. Every packed bus is a traffic jam removed from the streets, but the whole system depends on the daily work and patience of bus drivers. From Seattle Transit Blog:
Whether you only commute by bus, or run all your everyday errands on transit, we encourage you to show your appreciation through any way you can… Even though it may be “Bus” Driver Appreciation Day, it certainly doesn’t hurt to say a quick thanks to train or streetcar operators if you manage to catch of glimpse of them (as long as you’re not disrupting them in the cab).
Huge numbers of Seattle’s population gets around by transit: 19.5 percent, according to Census data. For comparison, only 11.5 percent of people in Portland use transit. If you want to talk about devastating traffic, imagine if Seattle transit use went down to even Portland numbers. THAT would be beyond gridlock.
So give big waves and thank yous to bus drivers, whether you’re riding inside or in front of their buses.