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The MTA Welcomes Wide Angle Youth Media for Bus Operator Appreciation

Last May, students in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Attendance and Design Team visited the MTA’s Kirk Bus Division to interview bus operators and learn more about their jobs. The students were shocked to learn that every single bus operator had a negative experience to share involving Baltimore City Public School students.

Students and bus operators gather around the thank you cakes for a group picture

Students, bus operators, and Administrator Wells gather around the thank you cakes for a group picture

The Attendance and Design Team decided to do something to show them that despite the challenges, students are still grateful for everything MTA bus operators do to help them get to school on time each morning. They wrote a thank you letter and designed a locker magnet to show their appreciation.
Design Team member Evodie Ngoy reads the Thank You letter

Design Team member Evodie Ngoy reads the thank you letter

Dear MTA bus operator,

As Baltimore City Public School students who take the bus to and from school everyday, we know that being a bus operator is hard work. Last May, we had the opportunity to meet with bus drivers at the Kirk Bus Division and learn more about the day to day responsibility of being a bus operator. We were amazed to learn how challenging your job is, and we decided to do something to show you how much we appreciate all of the hard work you put in each and every day to help us get to school on time. We decided to design a magnet that you can place on your locker at work.

We hope this is just the start of a dialogue that will promote healthy relationships between Baltimore City Public School students and MTA bus drivers.

Thank you again for all that you do!

– Wide Angle’s Attendance and Design Team

Design Team members Austin Jett, Shaquille Brooks, Cody Dorsey, and Evodie Ngoy with MTA administrator Ralign Wells and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of BCPS Transportation, Mr. John Land

Design Team members Austin Jett, Shaquille Brooks, Cody Dorsey, and Evodie Ngoy with MTA Administrator Ralign Wells and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of BCPS Transportation, Mr. John Land

Last Thursday, the MTA helped Wide Angle’s Attendance and Design Team organize a Bus Operator Appreciation event at the Northwest Bus Division. Joined by MTA Administrator Ralign T. Wells and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of BCPS Transportation, Mr. John Land, the students read the thank you letter and presented operators with the thank you magnets for their lockers.

“I think that bus drivers have a harder life than we think. We wanted to show some appreciation of the hard work they put in every day just driving a route over and over again and dealing with the everyday problems of people on the bus.” – Bryan Swann, Wide Angle’s Attendance and Design Team member

Thank you to the Maryland Transit Administration and Baltimore City Public Schools for the opportunity to say thank you to Baltimore City bus operators.

A video of the event will be shown at three additional bus divisions in the city with a reception to deliver thank you notes and magnets. These events are just the start of a more positive dialogue between operators and students.

For more photos of this event, visit our Facebook page.