Baltimore’s famous “Miracle on 34th Street” (you can get there on our MTA Local Bus #27) keeps getting better every year, if that’s possible. And while the lights are a treat for the kid in all of us, the best part isn’t the spectacle – it’s the lovely spirit of camaraderie from the neighbors who spend months preparing, and the joy that shines in the faces of all who visit.
Which brings us to the people of MTA. While care and concern for our fellow travelers is part of our lifeblood – MTA employees typically give more than any other public agency when it comes to charitable giving – all the men and women who operate our local buses deserve your good wishes, especially at this time of year.
We’ve written and videotaped stories these past twelve months about the MTA Bus Operator who stopped on a dark road to ask if he could assist a distressed-looking pedestrian; about the driver who supplements his income by working as a professional clown, often donating his time to local charities; and about one of our drivers who’s a Mom that let a homeless child accompany her on her route so he could have a warm place to rest.
There are lots of stories like that around the MTA. Stories that show what a big heart so many of our employees have, and that they put to use for the good of their fellow human beings – every day.
So while it’s a basic part of the job for the people of MTA keep our riders safe and as comfortable as possible while they’re on their way to work, school and play, please keep in mind that these dedicated men and women are your neighbors too.
Please take a moment to wish them well or offer a hearty “thank you” next time you get the chance. They deserve it.