MARTA driver celebrates 50 on the job, spotless record after 2 million miles of driving

ATLANTA, Ga. — MARTA is celebrating 50 years of service for one of their bus operators.

Coy Dumas, Jr. joined MARTA, then known as Atlanta Transit, in 1972 as a bus operator.

He covers routes in west Atlanta, currently operating Route 853 out of West Lake Station on the Blue Line.

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In his 50 years behind the wheel, Dumas has maintained a spotless driving record.

He’s never had an accident in the more than 2 million miles he’s driven around Atlanta.


“The most remarkable part of Mr. Dumas’s 50 years with MARTA is the close relationship he has built and nurtured with the communities in west Atlanta,” said MARTA Board Chair Rita Scott. “He is on a first-name basis with his customers and they will tell you, he is not just the man who drives the bus, he is a mainstay in their community and part of the family. Mr. Dumas represents the very best of MARTA and we celebrate his incredible career.”

Dumas was honored at the November meeting of the MARTA Board of Directors and was suprised with a bus bearing his image at a celebration held at MARTA headquarters.

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MARTA will continue to celebrate Dumas over the next month with digital billboards throughout Atlanta.

He was awarded a special 50-year service award and uniform patch, and received a proclamation from the city of Austell, where he works and lives.