Several MBTA drivers were greeted this morning by MBTA personnel and Newton residents offering thanks to their commitment to load and unload riders with disabilities efficiently. The Appreciation Day was organized by Robert Solomon, a member of the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council.

Robert,  working with director of Light Rail Operations  Bill McClellan, initiated new training programs over the past 6 months to allow riders in wheel chairs to board in under 5 min, down from over 20 min and speeding the ride for everyone.

As part of the Appreciation Day T drivers will enjoy discounts on several Newton Highlands businesses through the weekend.

There will also be a session held from 3:00 to 5:00 today and there is a need to have a few people help out greeting the drivers.

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