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April 24th, 2017 by Jeffrey Drake
Safety and public transit go hand-in-hand. Rides Mass Transit District driver, Jill Lyons, earned multiple safety accolades at a recent statewide public transit competition.
A lead driver out of the RMTD Saline County operations center for over six years, Lyons prides herself in being able to serve her passengers with the highest quality of customer service. That dedication was recognized at the 15th annual Rural Transit Assistance Center Roadeo April 22 in New Berlin.
Lyons won the overall competition and took home first-place awards in the pre-trip inspection category, as well as the written test and wheelchair securement categories. With that showing, Lyons earned a spot at the National Community Transportation Roadeo showcase in Detroit in early June.
“Jill demonstrates the quality of service and safety that is important to Rides,” said RMTD CEO Bill Jung. “It’s truly a reflection of the job she does each day. We are excited for what she accomplished. Jill’s finish is a testament to her dedication and service which are both things that are key to our operations as a public transportation provider."
The event, which consists of public transportation agencies from across Illinois, involves several different competitions judged on accuracy and pace.
Lyons had enjoyed prior success at previous events. She placed second overall at the RTAC event and secured first place in the wheelchair securing division at last year’s competition.
Rides Mass Transit District is the largest rural transportation provider in Illinois, serving 18 counties. Each year, its fleet travels nearly 3.7 million miles and transports over 685,000 residents. More information about RMTD can be found by heading to its official website, ridesmtd.com.