Phoenix, AZ — Valley Metro and Total Transit, as part of National Express, honored bus operator Julie Castillo for driving one million miles accident-free behind the wheel of a bus. Castillo has been driving buses since being hired by Total Transit for over 11 years ago, and has since demonstrated a dedication to excellence and safety.
Several years ago, Julie and her family decided to take a vacation to Arizona and, after being enamored with the many scenic views and hospitality, she and her family made the decision to make her once vacation spot into their permanent home. After arriving in Arizona, she was persuaded by friends to attain a CDL and the rest is history.
Julie was originally hired by Total Transit in 2001 as a medical transport driver, where she first illustrated her dedication to excellence. After many years in that position, she began to drive the Wickenburg route in 2008, which ultimately led her to the Avondale Zoom Circulator. It was during this time that Julie accomplished an incredible feat: her million-mile safe driving goal by logging 25,000 hours worked without an accident.
“A safe driving environment is an essential part of what we try to accomplish here at Total Transit. Julie Castillo has been a bus operator with Total Transit for 11 years. In this time, not only has she performed her job admirably as it pertains to overall safety, but she has also aided countless others in creating a safe driving environment for all,” said Steve Hamelin, Vice President of Operations and General Manager for Total Transit.
Castillo’s safety record has earned her membership into Total Transit’s Million Mile Club, which is part of a program sponsored by the National Safety Council to reward bus and van operators for safe vehicle operations.
About National Express LLC
National Express LLC (NELLC) is the North American subsidiary of National Express Group, PLC, one of the premier transportation firms in the United Kingdom. All of our organizations share a strong commitment to provide the highest level of transportation safety, quality transportation, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. NELLC’s home-to-school companies operate more than 22,500 school buses, serve more than 600 school districts in 30 states and three provinces, and transport more than 1.2 million students on a daily basis. Transit operations transport more than 20 million passengers annually with more than 3,000 vehicles. NELLC Shuttle (WeDriveU) serves more than 7 million corporate and university passengers annually. Headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, NELLC has 250+ local customer service centers (CSCs) supported by regional operations teams located throughout North America.