On September 27th, 2012 the MTA bus drivers were recognized for their hard as well as stressful jobs by a group of high school students who are part of the Wide Angle Youth Media (WAYM) Design and Attendance team. WAYM is a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and to become engaged in their communities.
The WAYM students recently visited one of MTA’s bus facilities to interview operators to learn more about their jobs. The interviews opened the students’ eyes and made them realize that being a bus driver in Baltimore city is a lot harder than they imagined. Therefore, the students were inspired to recognize the drivers for their work, especially for helping them on a daily basis to get to and from school.
One of the students with Wide Angle Youth Media, Bryan said: “I think that bus drivers have a harder life than we think. We wanted to show some appreciation of the hard work they put in every day just driving a route over and over again and dealing with the everyday problems of the people on the bus.”
During the event, WAYM students read thank you letters and presented bus operators with cake as well as thank you magnets for their lockers.
The MTA’s Administrator Mr. Ralign Wells was really excited about the event and the dialogue between the community and the MTA. “I especially want to thank Wide Angle Youth Media and Executive Director Susan Malone for wanting to recognize some of my favorite people; bus operators, ” said MTA Administrator Ralign Wells, who started as a bus driver himself. MTA bus drivers transport 240,000 people to school, work or appointments daily. In addition, drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests, while maneuvering 40-to 60- foot buses through Baltimore city traffic, in all types of weather conditions.
We thank Wide Angle Youth Media for celebrating our bus drivers and for organizing such a wonderful event!