Valley Metro honors driver’s 50 years of service

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 7:25 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Imagine driving a bus for 4,000,000 miles, and carrying more than 2,000,000 passengers safely to their destinations.

That’s just some of what Valley Metro says Charles Saunders has accomplished during 50 years with the transit company.

Friday, a banner with Saunders’ photo was hanging outside the Third Street Station.

Inside, co-workers, family and friends celebrated his career and retirement. He received the key to the city from Mayor Sherman Lea.

Saunders started with Valley Metro March 20, 1973, and he told us he wishes he could do it again.

“I love people,” Saunders told WDBJ7. “I always said I love people. I like to ride, so that’s all you need.”