Senior Bus Driver Retires
July 16, 2020
7/13/20: Big Blue Bus bid farewell to William Alvarenga, its longest-tenured bus "Operator," or driver. Alvarenga had driven for the company for 37 years.
"(Alvarenga) was an exceptional Operator. He skillfully drove 30 – 60 ft. buses in dense LA traffic, with no preventable accidents for a record-setting 37 consecutive years," said the company in a statement.
"He was (and still is) a dedicated, hard-working, and family-oriented man, who is admired by many, and respected by all. Each morning, he greeted his colleagues and customers with a smile big enough to see a mile away, even through his face mask! His daughter was kind enough to share with us the following:
"As a little girl, I remember my dad getting up at la madrugada (dawn) to get ready for work. He was gone from 5am until 7pm most days. But despite the long hours, and putting up with some difficult personalities on the job, he would still make time to come to any dance/theater performance, or sporting event me and my siblings had." Said Alvarenga.
"He made it so that my mom could be home and invest 100% in our education - ensuring we had the best education, healthy meals, and access to whatever we needed. He did his work with pride, and was one of the safest, most reliable, most energetic employees on the job."