March 17th, 2017 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton


Consider this: For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day is on March 18th, but we’re celebrating it on Friday, March 17th this year. Join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also print out and personalize any of the thank-you cards below to show your appreciation in person, and you can help spread the word. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)

The innitiative was started a few years ago by the website The day was originally called Bus Driver Appreciation Day, but a few years ago it was changed to be inclusive of all of the transit drivers who operate vehicles other than buses. Streetcars, ferries, and trains are also crucial parts of our daily commute on public transit, depending on where you live.

No matter if you’re going to work or school, shopping or to visit friends, if you take the bus and appreciate the hard work of your transit operator, let them know.

So tell your friends. Share this information with your family. Use the hashtag #tdad and let all of your followers know about the movement. Tell your operator that you appreciate them.

Below are a few examples of some thank you cards you can give to your transit driver on the day of the event. Feel free to print them off and hand them out. We’ll also be printing out a selection of them on card paper and distributing them on the morning of March 17th.