Snohomish County, Wash. – Three Community Transit drivers were awarded the agency’s prestigious Million Mile Award this week for reaching safe driving milestones without a preventable accident. The drivers qualified for the distinction by meeting strict National Safety Council guidelines for driving.
Two Million Mile Driver
Shelly Schweigert of Arlington was honored for reaching two million miles of safe driving. For Schweigert, nearly 27 years of safe driving is all about “safety, service and schedule.” She currently drives Swift Green Line, “Green Line riders are great; they are excited about a new way to get to where they are going,” Schweigert said. Community Transit currently has eight drivers at this status.
Driving two million miles is the equivalent of riding a bicycle around the world 80 times.
Million Mile Drivers
Amarjit Manhas and Don Smith reached a million miles of safe driving. To join the elite group of safe drivers, it can take about 12.5 years of full-time safe driving to reach the milestone. Manhas and Smith joined the 50-plus drivers at Community Transit who have accomplished this feat.
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.
Manhas expressed pride in the accomplishment, with nearly 20 years of safe driving under his belt he had some advice for new drivers: “Be safe, have patience, and wear a smile.” He resides in Marysville and his favorite route is Route 201, traveling from Smokey Point to Lynnwood. “It makes me happy to drive in my own community,” said Manhas.
Smith resides in Everett and has been driving a bus for nearly 14 years. “It’s about customers and community; getting customers where they need to go safely is a great service I can provide for my community,” Smith said.
A million miles of driving is the equivalent of running more than 38,000 marathons.
“The Million Mile Awards are among the most significant accomplishments we recognize because it represents your safe driving skills,” Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said to the drivers at the awards ceremony.
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.