Today is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day but there’s no holiday website and the bus drivers’ union doesn’t mention it. The holiday is the idea of Seattle bus rider Hans Gerwitz. Why March 18th? On that date in 1662, city buses premiered in Paris (for the record: they flopped).
Bus drivers are the unsung heroes of urban commuting, but New York City has given them a moving tribute in bronze. There’s an 8-foot tall, 4,000 pound statue of Gotham Bus Line driver Ralph Kramden outside New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. If you’re in the Big Apple today, leave a floral tribute, or at least an expired fare card.
Hat tip: Richard Layman.
Transit history buffs will want to read Les carrosses à cinq sols ou Les omnibus du dix-septième siècle by Louis-Jean-Nicolas Monmerqué.
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Image: Bus driver Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and Alice Kramden (Audrie Meadows) ca.1955 (Public Domain via Wikimedia). Download a copy here.
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