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Thank your operator on March 18

Transit operators go above and beyond every day

2020 was a vivid reminder of the vital role our transit operators have in society.

We know they drive in adverse weather conditions, stay calm and collected in challenging circumstances, start in the early mornings, keep us safe late at night and on weekends.

But in 2020, when more people were working from home, these professionals showed up every day and kept us moving. They stayed on the job to ensure that other essential workers had a safe, reliable transportation option to get to their jobs.

Our drivers are committed to delivering riders where they need to go. King County Metro Transit, the operators behind the wheel of Sound Transit Express routes, Link, Streetcar, Access paratransit operators and Water Taxi crews continued to carry riders to work, medical appointments, grocery shopping and to testing and vaccination clinics. All these operators keep us moving forward together.

Transit drivers don't have an easy job, they just make it look that way, especially in 2020.

We're celebrating with riders and commuters on March 18.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and transit riders across the county celebrate the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers, rail operators, streetcar operators and Water Taxi crews. Please take a moment to thank your driver—it can be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a "thank you" when you leave. Or go online and send a commendation, drivers are notified when they receive one and it really means a lot to them.

How can you give thanks? Some suggested ways:

  • File a commendation (note the 4-digit coach number, route, and time).
  • Smile and say thank you or “Happy Bus Driver Day!”
  • Shout out your route and say why your driver is great on social media, tagging @kcmetrobus on Twitter and Instagram and @KCMetro on Facebook, and use #TDAD and #MetroSmiles
  • You can download these cards, fill them out, take photos and post them on Metro's Twitter page.
  • And a note or card saying “thank you” is always appreciated!

Thank you, but:

While the sentiment is appreciated behind baked goods and flowers (items which do not have economic value) and they can be accepted, but keep in mind they can be difficult for our drivers to accept from the public—especially while driving. Also, with the current pandemic, while it is appreciated, for everyone's protection, it's safer not to provide these gifts.

Gift cards (like preloaded coffee cards), money and other gifts that have economic value can't be accepted under county rules, so please instead consider other ways to say thanks (which we've outlined above.)