Not even a global pandemic can stop Transdev Melbourne bus drivers John Dussi and David Reeve celebrating a combined 105 years working in the Victorian public transport industry.
The drivers, based at Transdev’s Sunshine West depot both began their careers on Victoria’s tram network before becoming bus drivers. Last year they clocked up 50 years and 55 years of service. However, COVID-19 restrictions delayed plans to celebrate the significant career milestones.
Ian Craig, Managing Director, Transdev Melbourne said, “Both John and David bring an incredible wealth of experience to our team and a strong commitment to serving the Victorian community.
“For more than half a century both men have helped thousands of Victorians get to where they need to go. We are proud to have drivers, whose knowledge and experience is highly valued by everyone at Transdev.”
Over the years both drivers have witnessed significant changes and growth to the city and advancements in the technology and comfort and safety of buses, but the customers remain some of the most memorable moments on the job.
John Dussi says he has had many memorable customers over the years and says some passengers can become like family.
“I used to drive four older ladies from Abbotsford to St Francis church in the city to clean the pews and arrange the flowers. I formed a good friendship with one of the women, Teresa. She was friendly with all the bus drivers and was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”
“When she passed away she arranged for a box of chocolates to be delivered to the depot to say thank you to the drivers with a copy of the order of service from her funeral so we’d know who it was from” says Dussi.
Transdev celebrated the milestones of Dussi and Reeve with a celebration at its Sunshine West depot and special messages on destination banners on buses driven by the drivers.