The United States is one giant pothole, said former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and Congress does not care.
“In 1995 when I began,” Rhonda Nelson says, “they started me driving trams. At that time, the fleet included one north bus, one south bus, two trams and a school bus, which doubled as transportation for tours of the grounds. Once they found out I drove a school bus in Sherman, I got switched to the big bus.”
Now, after 17 years behind the wheel on the grounds at Chautauqua, Nelson supervises a staff of 23 drivers, three school buses, 10 passenger buses and 10 trams.
Chautauquans and visitors quickly recount stories about the drivers’ kindness, courtesy and generosity. One woman gushed about how her granddaughter left behind a favorite pair of swim goggles on a ride up the hill from the Children’s Beach to the house where the family was staying.
“Our driver finished his route, found the goggles, somehow recalled where he had dropped us off, and returned them with a smile,” she said. “My granddaughter was thrilled. I don’t think she’ll ever forget that man’s kindness.”