KAT Celebrates Bus Operators with Photography Exhibit

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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KAT Celebrates Bus Operators with Photography Exhibit

Posted: 03/16/2016
Mayor Madeline Rogero introduced a new photography exhibit at Knoxville Station Transit Center’s Essie Johnson Community Room today.

KAT Driver Ruby HallThe exhibit, in honor of Transit Driver Appreciation Day, highlights over 20 bus operators and features vignettes about their experiences behind the wheel.

“Bus operators are counselors, friends and listeners – there is so much more to driving for public transit than just maneuvering a 40-foot bus,” says Dawn Distler, the City of Knoxville’s Director of Transit who was also once a bus operator herself. “It is so important to take a day to recognize all that our bus operators contribute to this community.”

KAT provided passengers with ‘thank you’ postcards and encouraged them to give one to a favorite operator or two, and also to take ‘safe selfies’ with operators and post them to KAT’s Facebook page.  

Mayor Rogero also declared the day as Knoxville Area Transit Driver Appreciation Day with an official proclamation. 

After the event at the Knoxville Transit Center she visited with KAT employees at the Magnolia Ave. location and handed out popcorn.

Click here to view photos from today's event.

KAT Bus Operators with Mayor and Dawn Distler

Learn more about KAT at www.katbus.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/knoxvilleareatransit or on Twitter at twitter.com/kat_bus.