(Kansas City, Mo. I Jan. 31, 2019) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will honor 76 bus operators for keeping passengers safe and providing excellent customer service during the annual Distinguished Driver Awards on Feb. 1, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 1350 E. 17th St.
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This year’s winners will receive awards for having no avoidable vehicle or passenger accidents. The operators also exhibited great customer service and received no write-ups or suspensions. They also had good attendance and arrived on time for work every day.
The Distinguished Drivers ceremony honors operators in several categories listed below.
2018 Meritorious Driver -This operator has earned distinguished driver status for 15 years.
- Gary Blaylock
2018 Grand Master Drivers - These two operators earned Distinguished Driver status for 10 years.
- Laverne White
- Regina Miller
2018 Master Drivers – These operators earned Master Driver status for five years.
- Michael Kolie
- Brian Dyer
- Geran McConnell
- Michael Barton
- Brenda Hinton
68 other operators will be awarded the Distinguished Driver award.
KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen and other management staff will address the award winners.