“Two-Million-Mile Club” inductees Vincent Best (center left) and Robert Stewart (center right) pose with SORTA/Metro leadership – from left, SORTA/Metro COO John Ravasio; SORTA/Metro CEO and General Manager Darryl Haley; SORTA Board of Trustees Chairman Kreg Keesee; ATU Local 627 President Troy Miller; SORTA/Metro Sr. Director/Chief Safety Officer Mike Weil – at the transit agency’s 49th Annual Safety Awards luncheon.

By Brandy Jones

Metro External Affairs

Metro employees came together recently to recognize 110 operators and maintenance employees who achieved performance and safety milestones in 2021, at the transit agency’s 49th Annual Safety Awards luncheon. Among those recognized were two operators who were inducted into the prestigious, national “Two-Million-Mile Club.”

“When you think about all the exciting work we’ve been doing to reinvent Metro over the last two years, none of it would be possible without these individuals’ unwavering commitment to safety,” said CEO and General Manager Darryl Haley. “Their service to their community – especially under these unprecedented circumstances – helps maintain the confidence our riders have in us to get them to their destination safely. It’s truly an inspiration to take pause and recognize.”

Recipients of the Metro safety ring – awarded to operators and mechanics who achieved 10 consecutive years without a preventable collision or injury – pose with SORTA/Metro leadership. Photo provided

Among those who received recognition were Vincent Best and Robert Stewart, both of whom last year achieved the incredible feat of driving two million miles over 30 years without a preventable collision.

For some perspective, two million miles is roughly the equivalent of driving to the moon and back four times, or driving the circumference of the earth 80 times. As for time behind the wheel, it means between 36,000 and 40,000 hours. It is a feat achieved by only one-tenth of transit operators nationwide.

Metro also honored operator Andrew Rodgers, who has achieved 40 years without a preventable collision.

Keynote speaker and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Tom “Mr. Perfect” Browning addresses award recipients as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. Photo provided

Overall, 110 operators and mechanics achieved outstanding safety milestones. Fourteen employees achieved 10 years without a preventable collision within their first 13 years of service; 15 employees reached 10 consecutive years; 23 employees achieved 15 or more years; 16 employees had 20 or more years; three achieved 25 or more years; one employee reached 30 years, and one reached 40 years without a preventable collision or injury. 

As an organization, preventable collisions were down 4% in 2021, while maintenance injuries decreased by 20% and passenger injuries decreased by 26%.

Metro is a not-for-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. Learn more about Metro at www.go-metro.com

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