Celebrating National Transit Employee Appreciation Day

March 17, 2024

Lawrence Transit joins public transportation agencies across the country who will be recognizing their employees for their hard work and dedication on March 18.

Today we celebrate the service of the transit workers who keep our city mobile. It takes a team of bus drivers, maintenance staff, road supervisors, dispatchers, management and professional staff to keep this vital lifeline available for our community.

At their March 6 meeting, Douglas County Commissioners recognized March 17-23, 2024 as Transit Driver & Worker Appreciation Week.

The proclamation read, “We encourage all residents and visitors to incorporate public transit into their transportation routines; to become advocates for local and regional public transit; and, most important, to thank our local transit drivers and workers at every opportunity.”

Several agencies in our area are included in that recognition.

  • Senior Resource Center provides over seven thousand trips to our senior population countywide.
  • Independence Inc. provides rides for general public transportation, non-emergency medical trips outside of Douglas County, and completes over six thousand rides annually.
  • Lawrence Transit is the coordinated City of Lawrence and University of Kansas bus system and provides more than three million rides per year, including fixed-route, paratransit, and on demand bus service.

“Bus drivers are important community ambassadors who make Lawrence feel welcoming, both to visitors and people who live here. It takes a lot of technical skill to drive a bus,” said Adam Weigel, Transit and Parking Manager. “What makes them truly special is that they also provide directions, give tips about their favorite cup of coffee, and provide a friendly interaction to people hopping aboard, no matter who they are. We’re really proud to work with them, and we hope riders will show a little extra gratitude on this day.”