“I love my job!” That was the first thing Deanna Gonzales said when asked about being a Rio Metro Bus Operator.
Her enthusiastic statement was followed by, “I take pride in my job every day.”
Gonzales, who has made driving a career, has worked with Rio Metro’s Valencia County operation for more than six years, and has been in the business of transportation even longer.
“I’ve had my CDL for 24 years now,” she said. “I’ve been in transportation since 1996. I love it!”
Gonzales currently operates a Rio Metro Valencia Dial-a-Ride bus, as well as drives the Route 208 between Belen and Albuquerque mid-day.
Making a Difference in Her Community
When asked what she loves about her job, Gonzales replied, “I feel like I do something good every day. I live in Valencia. It makes a big difference. We get to know our passengers. They depend on us.”
She also added that she enjoys the views, especially when making the drive between Belen and Albuquerque. “I love the scenery. Our state is beautiful and we have to take pride in it.”
When asked if there was anything she would like her passengers to know, she replied, “Their lives are in my hands and I want to do the best I can to keep them safe and get them where they need to go. I don’t leave anybody behind.”
Gonzales’ care for people extends beyond her passengers. When not driving, she spends time with and taking care of family. “I have six grandchildren,” she said proudly.
Thank you, Deanna, for all you do to keep us moving!
Transit Operator Appreciation Day 2021
Transit Operator Appreciation Day is March 18, 2021. Read the Transit Operator Appreciation Day blog post to learn more and meet all of our highlighted employees.