Operator of the Month

Bus and light rail operators who have gone above and beyond

August 2016: Damian Valladares

This month, RTD recognizes Route 105 driver, Damian Valladares, who was nominated by passenger Brian Byrd for his positive attitude and great customer service. Damian drives the 105 from Ulster and Tufts to Central Park Station

Damian Valladares Operator of the Month August 2016
Brian Byrd wrote:
“I’m writing to highly commend the driver of the 105 for his continual outstanding and reliable promptness, positive demeanor, professionalism, leadership and excellence in customer service that he extends to all passengers on this route. Each day, when passengers board the bus, he is always pleasant, aiding, assisting, and ensuring customers are arriving at their destinations safely and securely. More notably, because of his warm demeanor, and driving expertise, he helps many in the Denver area start their day wonderfully, which in essence, is a catalyst that shapes so many others' experiences throughout their day. For his hard work and dedication, I recommend he receive recognition and a merit based raise. He is truly an ambassador and an asset to RTD and the city of Denver. Thank you RTD for having him on board.”

After receiving Brian's commendation, we wanted to know more about Damian and he graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions.

How long have you worked for RTD?
I’ve worked for RTD for 14 years.
What were you in a previous life?
I was King Tupac Amaro, the last Inca King
What do you like best about driving?
All the places around town I didn’t know exist.
If you could listen to music while working, what type?
Old school R&B, and soul/funk
If you could deck out your bus, what style?
I would deck out my bus with a low rider style with a brandy candy paint job, with chrome, shiny rims on hydraulics.
If you could change your uniform color, what color or does brown/gray go with your eyes?
Only the best colors in the world, Denver Broncos orange and blue!
What type of service would you drive if given the choice and/or favorite service to drive or operate?
Special event service and senior rides are my favorite.
What are your favorite hobbies or activities?
I like to coach youth wrestling and soccer.