Snohomish County, Wash. – To some people, driving two million miles might seem impossible. It’s the equivalent of driving from Seattle to Miami more than 600 times.
In the world of a Community Transit coach operator, it equates to about 25 years of daily driving to reach this incredible feat. But here’s the catch: To get this honor as a transit driver, you must not have a preventable accident that entire time.
This week, two celebrations were held to honor Sukhbir Sangha, a Two Million Mile driver, along with nine One Million Mile drivers.
Sangha has been driving Snohomish County roads for Community Transit since 1990 and reached his Million Mile status back in 2004. Sangha has had multiple commendations and letters of appreciation from customers throughout his career behind the wheel. He is currently a report driver, which means he gets to drive a different route every day.
You could go to the moon and back twice before you hit a million miles, but nine coach operators at Community Transit achieved this well within Earth’s atmosphere. Driving 12.5 years without a preventable accident, the agency’s newest Million Mile Drivers are: Garry Baker, Eugene Greeley, Nick Johal, Darrell Johnson, Gene King, Ashwani Kumar, Eric Sullivan, Curtis Wright, and Tadesse Yeglatu.
Community Transit follows the National Safety Council’s standard to qualify for the million mile honor.Drivers who reach one and two million mile status will have a bus decaled with their name to honor their achievement. They also each receive a plaque, a million mile jacket, certificate, pin, and, of course, bragging rights.
|Pictured above, left: Ashwani Kumar, Curtis Wright, Eric Sullivan and Tadesse Yeglatu.
Pictured above, right: Gene Greely, Gene King and Darrell Johnson.