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NJ TRANSIT HONORS SAFE BUS OPERATORS

94 Bus Operators Statewide Recognized for Excellent Driving Records, Totaling 1,417 Years of Safety

CONTACT: Anna Farneski (973-491-7078)

NEWARK, NJ, May 31, 2001 -- NJ TRANSIT recently honored 94 bus operators for many years of accident-free driving. Together they have accumulated a collective 1,417 years of safe driving.

Each year, NJ TRANSIT presents Safe Driving Awards to its bus operators with 10, 20 and 30 or more years of accident-free service. Accident-free driving is defined as a bus operator not having an at-fault accident.

"At NJ TRANSIT, safety always comes first," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Jeffrey A. Warsh. "Our customers, our employees and all residents of New Jersey deserve no less. It is with great pride that we at NJ TRANSIT salute our outstanding bus operators who work so hard every day and are committed to the Corporations goals for excellence. When you think about the millions of miles driven on very congested, rush-hour roads the accomplishment is truly incredible."

Atlantic County

  • James Wesley of Pleasantville, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Howard Macri of Hammonton, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • McRistch Chappell of Pleasantville, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Francis Clyde of Smithville, for 10 years of safe driving.

Bergen County

  • Ed Leuck of Hackensack, for 39 years of safe driving.
  • William Alston of Hackensack, for 35 years of safe driving.
  • Robert Callis of Hackensack, for 30 years of safe driving.
  • Barry Hayberg of Saddle Brook, for 30 years of safe driving.
  • Steve Bacs of Cliffside Park, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Fenton Slaughter of Bergenfield, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • David Agudelo of Ridgefield, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Victor Perez of Teaneck, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Jose Arias of North Bergen, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Michael Jones of Carlstadt, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Neville Parkinson of Little Ferry, for 10 years of safe driving.

Burlington County

  • Ed Barnwell of Westhampton, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Darrell Thomas of Burlington, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • James Fulton of Willingboro, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Yvonne Woolf of Roebling, for 10 years of safe driving.

Camden County

  • Joseph Hopkins of Blackwood, for 38 years of safe driving.
  • Corniluis Moore of Pennsauken, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Victor Acevido of Runnemede, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Douglas Filson of Audubon, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Joseph Sullivan of Cherry Hill, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Alvin Collins of Elm, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Damaris Ortega of Pennsauken, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Edward Newlin of Gloucester, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • James Johnson of Pennsauken, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Mary Ann Palm of Barrington, for 10 years of safe driving.

Cape May County

  • Earl Parker of Cape May Courthouse, for 20 years of safe driving.

Essex County

  • Charles Johnson of Irvington, for 30 years of safe driving.
  • Thurman Miles of Newark, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Richard Goode of East Orange, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Willie Campbell of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Willis Conaway of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Veronica Coy of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Josephine Haskins of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Damu Muhammad of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Arlene Williams of East Orange, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Edward Ratliff of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Charles Newman of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Juliette Overby of Maplewood, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Amanda Clotter of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Claudia Hilliard of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Joyce Morris of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Eric Edwards of Bloomfield, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • J.T. Miller of Orange, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Beverly Palmer of East Orange, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Linda Parham of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Margaret Williams of Newark, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Roy Lyon of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Etienne Celony of Irvington, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Gilbert Ellis of West Orange, for 10 years of safe driving.

Gloucester County

  • Robert Bulger of Williamstown, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Philip Bush of Mickleton, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Craig Walter of Glassboro, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Walter Dredden of Sewell, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • James Easterwood of Williamstown, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Edwin Tirado of Deptford, for 10 years of safe driving.

Hudson County

  • Rodrigo Navarro of West New York, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Mary Lytch of Jersey City, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Jean Lafontant of Union City, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Judith Serrano of Jersey City, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Jorge Velasquez of Union City, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Max Carames of Union City, for 10 years of safe driving.

Mercer County

  • Frank Gomane of Trenton, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Gwendolyn Booker of Trenton, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Antoinette Kennedy of Trenton, for 10 years of safe driving.

Middlesex County

  • George Buzinky of Old Bridge, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Luis Palacio of Colonia, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Willie Billips of Avenel, for 10 years of safe driving.

Monmouth County

  • Robert Peterson of Howell, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Pompilio Egidi of Freehold, for 20 years of safe driving.

Ocean County

  • Walter McGough of Bricktown, for 36 years of safe driving.

Somerset County

  • Thomas Hodle of Manville, for 20 years of safe driving.

Sussex County

  • Ilija Pavlovich of Hopatcong, for 20 years of safe driving.

Union County

  • Lemuel Breidenstein of Roselle Park, for 39 years of safe driving.
  • Bruce Roberts of Plainfield, for 20 years of safe driving.
  • Julius Douglas of Hillside, for 10 years of safe driving.
  • Jacquelin Lamour of Union, for 10 years of safe driving.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's only statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 383,900 daily commuters on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 12 rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 26 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

(Editors Note: For additional information on specific bus operators or photo opportunities, contact Anna Farneski at (973) 491-7660.

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