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July 23, 2010

Bus & Van Operators with Years of Accident-Free Driving to be Honored by Metro at Awards Banquet

What:

Metro Operators Recognition and Awards Banquet recognizing operators with the longest records for accident-free driving, starting at 10 years.

When:

Sunday, July 25, 2010, 5:00 p.m.
(Dinner at 4:30 p.m., awards presentation to begin at approximately 5:00 p.m.)

Where:

Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 20th Floor,
800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis

Significance:

If you have driven for 10 years without any kind of accident, you know that’s a difficult record to attain. But try it behind the wheel of a 40-foot bus for eight hours a day, five days a week.

Metro will recognize MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride operators (drivers) who have accident-free driving records for 10 years or longer with awards including watches and special certificates. Currently, more than 100 operators have been accident-free for between 10 years and 15 years.

Ray Friem, Metro Chief Operating Officer, will deliver the keynote address.

Operators are the backbone of Metro’s service to customers, driving MetroBus vehicles more than 20 million miles a year with nearly 33 million passenger boardings a year and driving Metro Call-A-Ride vans nearly 5 million miles a year with nearly 700,000 passenger boardings. The low vehicle accident rate averages 2.3 accidents per 100,000 miles driven for MetroBus and 1.4 per 100,000 miles for Call-A-Ride. What’s more, the MetroBus operators’ on-time performance ranks at or near the top of the industry at 92.6 percent (Fiscal Year 2009).

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