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A new look for bus operators

If your Metrobus operator is sporting Summer_Uniform.jpga polo shirt and shorts when you board the X2 it isn't that he's being a fashion rebel. Metro is debuting new uniforms for the workers.

The new look features light blue polo shirts with short sleeves and cargo shorts or pants. The optional uniforms can be worn from June 7 to Sept. 26.

"This new uniform option provides our drivers more comfort as the days get hotter, while maintaining a distinctive appearance," Jack Requa, assistant general manager of Bus Services.

Despite the relaxed look, employees still have to buy the clothing from Metro's uniform supplier. And shirt tails are supposed to remain firmly tucked.

What do you think about the new look (the images are courtesy Metro)? Post a message below.

-- Staff reports

By Michael Bolden  | June 11, 2010; 6:47 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus  
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Comments

Personally, I could not give two kitties to how they look with or without the new uniforms. What I do want to see in the bus drivers is, personality, true customer service, a pleasant attitude, on time schedules and buses that do not habitually break down and buses that are late. Let's focus more on fixes than their personal appearances, especially we will now be paying even more to ride the antiquated buses and rail systems.

Posted by: aabreu7 | June 11, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Big deal. My mail carrier has worn shorts during the summer for years. Now if you had the female drivers were tank tops and daisy dukes.... Never mind.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 11, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Good Idea, I am sure the bus operator's approve of this,except the part that they have to pay for it.

Posted by: onesugar | June 12, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Thats cool. I actually spotted a metrobus driver buying his new uniform from a local red light supply outlet.

http://www.wtfmetro.com/2010/06/metro-bus-driver-stimulates-local.html

Posted by: metroman1 | June 12, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Big deal. My mail carrier has worn shorts during the summer for years. Now if you had the female drivers were tank tops and daisy dukes.... Never mind.

Posted by: Jimof1913 **************

Bertha Butt (of the Butt Sista's fame) would not be visually appealing imiage of a Metrobus Operator. . . unless it was worn on October 31. Actually the mere thought of a Metrobus Operator in Daisy Dukes is repulsive.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | June 12, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, this is another WaPo posting of a Metro press release.

I would be more impressed if the Post were to obtain a copy of the report that David Gunn presented to the Metro Board. I don't understand why the Post doesn't take the time to complete a Freedom of Information Act request to get the report. Given that Metro didn't release the report to the public suggests that the report must say some pretty interesting stuff.

Posted by: RockvilleBear | June 12, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

RockvilleBear,

We've seen the report and written about it on a couple of occasions, including last month when it was made public by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. It was yet another withering look at Metro: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/21/AR2010042104736.html. The Federal Transit Administration audit was actually more detailed.

FTA audit: http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/documents/Final_SSO_Audit_Report_TOC_WMATA_03042010.pdf?sid=ST2010061204529

Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/30/AR2010043002117.html?sid=ST2010061204529

Metro's response: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/30/AR2010043002117.html?sid=ST2010061204529


Michael Bolden
Development &
Transportation Editor

Posted by: Michael Bolden | June 13, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

Buses aren't air conditioned?

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 14, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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