Snohomish County, Wash. – Five Community Transit drivers were honored this month with the agency’s prestigious Million Mile Award, for reaching safe driving milestones without a preventable accident. The drivers qualified for the honor by meeting strict National Safety Council guidelines for driving.
Million Mile Drivers
Rocky Cazares, Tajinder Mahal, Thomas Rairden and Jennifer Strohm reached a million miles of safe driving, joining the 50-plus drivers at the agency who have accomplished this feat. To join the elite group of safe drivers, it can take about 12.5 years of full-time safe driving to reach each million-mile mark. A million miles of driving is the equivalent of traveling 40 times around the Earth’s circumference.
Strohm expressed pride in joining a legacy of successful drivers. “I’m blessed to be working at a company that puts safety in such a high regard.”
Two Million Mile Driver
Ken Sahota was honored for reaching two million miles of safe driving. Community Transit currently has six drivers at this status. For Sahota, 28 years of safe driving is part of the bigger picture. “Taking pride in my job is good for me and the company,” Sahota said.
Driving two million miles is the equivalent of driving from Seattle to Miami more than 600 times.
Million Mile Drivers are each presented a jacket, plaque, certificate and a pin, as well as having their name placed on one of the agency’s buses.
“The Million Mile awards are among the most important accomplishments we recognize at the agency – not only in regards to safety, but also public service,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath.
Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. The agency is building a network of Swift bus rapid transit lines with Swift Blue Line along Highway 99 and the Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field coming in 2019.