Saturday, March 18, 2023 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Please keep this important day in mind when you are riding this week/month/year [or any day/week/month/year]. And please remember to say “thank you” when you board or exit a bus, trolley, or train.
Because a little appreciation can go a long way.
Let's face it - SEPTA Operators, Engineers, and Conductors don’t have an easy job. For hours on end these men and women work to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, assist passengers, and more. All while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, detours, tough weather conditions, and some really tight spaces!
These past few years have proven - and we hope you agree - SEPTA’s frontline employees, especially our Operators, Engineers, and Conductors, are some of the most essential workers in our region.
Our Operators, Engineers, and Conductors [along with the countless other roles our frontline employees fill] are responsible for providing a critical service to our community—making it possible for people to get to jobs, schools, childcare, grocery stores, doctors visits, sporting events, and everywhere in between!
We appreciate everything they do to keep us moving – and we must not forget that they are also mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, movie watchers, world travelers, home schoolers, Phillies fans, chefs, gardeners, shoe lovers, and more. In most cases, they also rely on the system, their colleagues, to get them where they need to go.
So again - please remember to say “thank you” when you board or exit a bus, trolley, or train on Saturday, March 18, or any day you ride!
We love to share! Post a photo of yourself at the bus/trolley stop or at the station or on the bus or train - using the #TDAD hashtag and tagging us at @septaphilly.
Or download and print these thank you cards and give it to your driver/conductor on March 18, or any day this week or next. We created one for the way in and one for the way home!
If you’re working remotely, you can share your words of appreciation in the comments below [we will make sure they are shared with Operations], post your thank you on social media (feel free to use one of these images 1 2), or shoot us a note at [email protected] and we will post it for you!
Transit Driver Appreciation Day is an annual event to celebrate the public service of public transit vehicle operators. The date of March 18 was selected to commemorate the first bus line, Blaise Pascal's Carosses à Cinq Sous in Paris, 1662.