August 2015: Alex Chestnut
This month, RTD recognizes Route BV driver, Alex Chestnut, who was nominated by passenger Minna Win for his friendly attitude and great customer service. Alex drives the BV from the Boulder Transit Center to Union Station.
“ Our regional bus driver was extremely helpful to a woman who was clearly lost and looking for the Greyhound bus station. Our bus driver noticed she didn’t understand his directions, so he wrote the directions down, pointed her to the Free MallRide, and described in detail where she needed to go. He was extremely helpful and professional, and he kept our bus on schedule. We left the gate at the scheduled time. He was also very friendly, upbeat, and a safe driver. We are so incredibly lucky to have RTD drivers who are safe, excellent drivers that are passionate about helping others. ”
After receiving the commendation from Minna we wanted to know more about Alex and he graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions.
- How long have you worked for RTD and have you always been a bus driver?
- I’ve worked for RTD for 4 years. Three and a half years as a driver and 6 months as a landscaper.
- What were you in a previous life?
- I was a backup dancer for MC Hammer.
- What do you like best about your job?
- I like all the different people I get to encounter. It’s also a good way to network with people.
- If you could listen to music while working, what type?
- I would listen to R&B music from the 70’s, like Earth, Wind, and Fire. They make music that all people can listen to.
- If you could deck out your bus, what style?
- I would put propellers on top of my bus, so when I get stuck in traffic I could fly to my next Park-n-Ride.
- If you could change your uniform color, what color or does brown/gray go with your eyes?
- If I could change the uniform color it would be red, because red goes good with my skin tone from what I’ve been told.
- What type of service would you drive if given the choice and/or favorite service to drive or operate?
- If I had the choice to drive any route it would drive the AS. My favorite route to drive is the BMX.
- What are your favorite hobbies or activities?
- My favorite hobby is breeding my African Cichlids fish. My favorite activity is bowling.