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Two MARTA bus operators make Million Mile Safe Driver club

3/17/2017, 6 a.m.
MARTA bus operators Arluther Deadwyler and Coy Dumas Jr. have driven a million miles without an accident. The two, who ...
Coy Dumas Jr. and Arluther Deadwyler received MARTA’s Million Mile Safe Driver Award.

MARTA bus operators Arluther Deadwyler and Coy Dumas Jr. have driven a million miles without an accident.

The two, who have navigated Atlanta's busy streets for more than four decades without mishaps, were recognized with MARTA’s Million Mile Safe Driver Award – an elite designation among their peers nationwide.

MARTA CEO Keith Parker said that as MARTA continues to expand its rail and bus options across the region, safety remains its top priority.

“Our operators play an essential role helping more than 400,000 MARTA travelers reach their destinations safely on a daily basis,” he said. “I applaud Mr. Deadwyler and Mr. Dumas for their ongoing commitment to being a shining example of exemplary safety and customer service to our riders.”

While Deadwyler and Dumas’ routes have changed over the years, MARTA said their commitment to safety never wavered.

Deadwyler, who has driven more than 1,290,000 miles incident free, said he is thankful for the recognition.

“We have a job to do and rules to guide our work that puts safety first," he said. "There’s no better feeling than being appreciated for the work we do.”

Dumas, who traveled more than 1,330,000 miles without a preventable incident, considers mentorship of other operators his greatest on-the-job accomplishment.

“The work we do here is on the same level as emergency teams because we carry the most valuable cargo – human lives, and one of my many roles is being an instructor and a mentor,” he said.

Parker says it is no accident the two longtime employees have joined the prestigious Million Mile Safe Driver club.

“This award speaks to the daily commitment our bus operators have to drive safely and provide the highest level of customer service at all times,” he said.