Sunday, December 20, 2020

After 41 years, a final run for first woman to drive bus for Red Rose Transit

At the wheel of the Route 18 bus, Denise Smith, 64, departed Lancaster's Queen Street Station with two riders at 12:10 p.m. Friday on a run to Elizabethtown that would prove routine in every way but one: it was her last after 41 years.

A pleasant, reserved woman, wearing a scarf, gray fleece and black facemask, Smith kept to a tight schedule on a winding, two-hour, 45-mile roundtrip through snow-blanketed Landisville and Mount Joy to Elizabethtown's Amtrak station. Then she headed back the same way to Lancaster. All told, she transported 10 riders.

"Be safe out there," said one as he got off in Mount Joy with a companion who used a walker.


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