At the September meeting of the Board of Directors, three Victor Valley Transit Operators, John Solorio, Tamia Sanders, and Monica Carrillo, were recognized for their service and received the distinctive Million Mile Safe Driver Award. To become a Million Mile Safe Driver is to join an elite group of transit operators worldwide who have driven one million miles or more with no accidents, incidents, or citations.
John Solorio began his career as a transit operator for the City of Victorville in 1990 before merging with VVTA, where he continues to be a fixed route driver today. With 30 years and one million miles behind the wheel, John has used his experiences and knowledge to train new drivers. John has been instrumental in helping drivers learn the routes, safe practices, and ways to stay accident-free. John participated in the 2020 Bus Roadeo, where he placed third.
Driving ADA-Paratransit for over 20 years, Tamia Sanders continues to be charismatic and passionate about serving her passengers and her community. Year after year, she has used her knowledge to support her fellow drivers, especially in the area of direction and safety. Tamia has been and continues to be an excellent example of the kind of staff member that makes an organization soar.
With more than 22 years of driving experience, Monica Carrillo is a top-notch operator. She enjoys picking up and dropping off her passengers safely, on time, and with pride. As part of the 2019 VVTA Safety Committee, Monica enjoys sharing with others her insights and experiences that have helped her stay safe while behind the wheel. Monica is an excellent example of an employee who does her job well and is serious about safety.
VVTA Board Chair Curt Emick also shared a congratulatory message. “This is truly an amazing achievement. Driving a bus is not easy, and John, Tamia, and Monica are experts who value all Victor Valley Transit riders.”
VVTA shares the Board’s sentiments and is exceptionally proud to have bus operators with such dedication to their craft and a keen eye for passengers’ safety.