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Honouring the unsung heroes on Transit Worker Appreciation Day

Metrolinx joins transit agencies across Canada marking Transit Operator and Worker Appreciation Day.

Mar 18, 2024

Every time you jump on transit, whether you’re heading to work, visiting friends, or going to an event, there’s a lot of people who help make it happen. 

From vehicle operators and mechanics to dispatchers and station maintenance crews, it’s the collective effort of hardworking people who keep transit running safely. 

Today (March 18) is Transit Operator and Worker Appreciation Day, a day dedicated to recognizing and thanking Canada’s incredible public transit staff.

Transit Operator and Worker Appreciation Day celebrates the significant impact of public transit vehicle operators, maintenance crews who keep stations in good order, mechanics who keep our fleet of buses and trains running smoothly, dispatchers who keep us on schedule, and the countless other transit workers who are committed to keeping us all moving.

Not only do they take great pride in their duties and responsibilities, but they’re also proud of their critical function in our communities.

How important are front line transit workers? Check out this video to see how they keep GO Buses moving for customers every day:

"“What drives me? I think just watching the generations grow up, being part of their lives. In the 25 years I’ve been here, I’ve seen mothers with their children, and I’ve seen those children grow up and have children of their own. It’s a wonderful feeling. That’s what drives me.”"
- Andrew Paterson, GO Bus Driver

On this day, we want them to know how important they are to the industry and transit riders.

It can be easy to overlook the incredible contributions these workers make in our lives, whether using public transit is part of your daily routine or something you just use occasionally for events or special occasions, but transit operators play a crucial role in making trips better, safer, and easier. And that’s something that really deserves to be celebrated.

GO Bus Driver

GO Bus drive Mark Dawes is one of many unsung heroes on the front lines of transit. (Metrolinx image)

Today, we thank and recognize our frontline operators, maintenance crews, mechanics, and dispatchers for their invaluable contributions and dedication. 

For every person who ensures trains and buses run on time, keeps vehicles in tip-top shape, helps passengers find their way, or supports operations behind the scenes, thank you. Your hard work is what makes all of this happen. 

If you have a story to tell, or want to thank your local transit workers, CUTA, the Canadian Urban Transit Association, encourages all Canadians to share their appreciation for these everyday transit heroes on social media using the hashtag #ThanksTransit.