Transdev Employees Honored for Dedication during October Firestorms

NAPA — The Napa Valley Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors today honored Transdev employees – operators of the Vine Transit system - for their sacrifice and dedication helping Napa Valley residents during October’s unprecedented firestorms.

Peter White, NVTA Chair and City of St. Helena Vice Mayor, presented the proclamation to Cheryl Drake, manager of Transdev in Napa, during Wednesday’s board of directors meeting.

The proclamation noted Vine Transit bus drivers, dispatchers and managers responded to the call for help with a well-organized plan to bring people to safety and to coordinate transfers between emergency shelters.

Several employees left behind their own homes and families to report to work, traveled into restricted fire areas to reach evacuees and endured difficult working conditions, including long hours and breathing unhealthy air.

The October 2017 wildfires in Napa County were an unparalleled disaster for our community, forcing hundreds to flee their homes, killing 7 people and damaging up to 1,115 structures, including destroying 569 homes.