110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Nov 14, 2013 - 3:18:29pm
Votran paratransit bus operator Stewart Wood has been named the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged paratransit driver of the year. Wood was recognized during the awards banquet of the organization’s 21st annual conference and expo held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and the Ocean Center convention center.
"We are so proud of Stewart and his accomplishments,” said Steven Sherrer, Votran general manager. “His success is evidence of his dedication to safety and excellent customer service. Stewart is very deserving of this honor, and we are very excited for him."
Wood has been entrusted to provide on the road training to Votran’s new paratransit operators because of his exemplary safety record as well as his patience and courtesy to customers and fellow operators.
Wood, who has been with Votran for 15 years, also is a recipient of the National Safety Council's Million Mile Safe Driver award. He joins the ranks of 30 Votran drivers who have reached 1 million miles. It typically takes a Votran driver about 12 years to drive a million miles. Wood earned Votran operator of the year awards in 2005 and 2012.
"The National Safety Council promotes safe driving throughout the nation,” said Sherrer. “It is a great achievement for a driver to operate a bus so safely that they have not been involved in any avoidable accident. Customer safety is Votran's highest priority, and the safe driving records of our operators are a testimony to that. It is especially notable to do so considering the traffic conditions that are navigated in paratransit, door-to-door service areas.”
Wood is a paratransit operator for Votran Gold service. Votran’s Gold Service is available to persons who, because of physical or mental disability or age, are unable to transport themselves and cannot use fixed-route bus service. The Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged works to insure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons. For more information on Votran, visit votran.org.
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