(Front row, from left) ACT award recipient Tim Wilson, ACT Manager of Fixed-Route Operations Pam Ruyle, and ACT award recipients Zereeta Kinney-Lee and Marilyn Elick; (back row, from left) ACT Board President Sally Ferguson, ACT award recipients David Forbes, Ron Gibson, Bob Slantz and Eric Fry, ACT Lead Road Supervisor Charles Cannon, ACT Board Member Dan Corbett and ACT Fixed-Route Dispatch Supervisor Delanders Crochrell.
GRANITE CITY — At its regular meeting in December, the Agency for Community Transit (ACT) Board of Trustees recognized eight fixed-route bus drivers for 10 and 15 years of perfect safety while operating an agency vehicle.
To retain the “perfect safety” designation, as defined by the National Safety Council, drivers must, in all situations, make every effort possible to avoid an accident.
The drivers who have reached the 10-year milestone have logged more than 20,000 hours behind the wheel without a preventable accident and more than 30,000 hours for those who have reached the 15-year mark. ACT award recipients for 15 years of perfect safety include: Marilyn Elick of Brighton, Eric Fry of Moro, Zereeta Kinney-Lee of Godfrey, Tim Wilson of Collinsville and Monte O’Bannon of Glen Carbon. ACT award recipients for 10 years of perfect safety include David Forbes of Alton, Ron Gibson of Granite City and Bob Slantz of Edwardsville.
“Safety is our top priority,” Executive Director Jerry Kane said. “These drivers not only respond properly to situations on the road, they’re anticipating the actions of other motorists. It is indeed an honor to recognize their years of achievement.”
ACT operates fixed-route and paratransit service for Madison County Transit, as well as oversees the 125-mile MCT Trails system and operates RideFinders, the St. Louis regional rideshare program. For information on ACT’s services, call (618) 797-4600 or visit www.mct.org.