herbert z. duarto

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My experience as a Marta bus driver in Atlanta

Serving the public takes a lot of patience and discipline, especially in large city like Atlanta. To be a successful in public service career such as bus driver, security, etc, one needs to have an intensive training on how to serve the public.  Around down town Atlanta, those routes are really the ones, including some Metro routes, that pull out the requirements of the professional bus drivers among the variety of people that ride those buses. It takes certain people to be in public service especially in the transportation industry in diversified area like Atlanta. For example, on route 186 which runs from down town Atlanta to Wesley Charper in Panola, a man argued unreasonably for paying $2.50 for bus fare. He stood by the door way to stop the bus from moving. He held the bus for about 6 minutes. And I had to call Marta police before the departure was possible. Bus drivers are usually trained to stay calm to deal with this kind of situation and get authority involved. Serving in public transportation involved dealing with criminals, violent people, drunkers, and mostly low income people, etc.



family relations

My family is great when it comes to caring. I have two groups of children. There are the younger kids and the grown ups. The adult children are living by themselves, and they find it difficult to stay with us because  my wife and will  want to guard them in their decision making. Because they are not yet married, I have tried to convince them to stay with daddy and mom to get prepared finally and even mature enough before going out. But they do not want to listen to us. But I don’t take it against them. I only pray and wish them the best in life.

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