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NSW bus industry pays tribute to retiring Transit Systems stalwart

From the Transit Systems team to Transport for NSW, the state’s bus sector has thanked a retiring bus industry veteran for 58 years of service

The NSW bus industry has bid farewell to a stalwart of the state’s bus and coach sector, with Transit Systems’ worker Peter Santas announcing his retirement after a career spanning 58 years.

Santas’ career began in 1966 as a conductor, before he became an acting and then a full-time bus driver. Over the ensuing decades, he held various roles, including as a traffic chargeman in the 1970s and transitioning to the role of duty officer in the ‘80s, where he spent the remainder of his career.

His experience has also led him to work as a relief depot inspector across numerous depots, covering a wide area of Sydney from the eastern suburbs to the northern beaches and the inner west.

Transit Systems NSW managing director Jamie Sinclair says Santas has played an integral part of the NSW bus landscape, serving with dedication, professionalism and a commitment to providing exceptional service to passengers.

He says his dedication for the industry, coupled with his knowledge and experience, has left a lasting mark on Transit Systems and the broader community.

“Peter embodies the epitome of dedication and excellence and his service to customers and colleagues has been inspiring. Peter leaves behind a legacy that will continue to resonate within Transit Systems for years to come,” Sinclair says.

“Peter is known for his honest, fair and straightforward approach, and his commitment to getting the job done, with a great focus on safety and efficiency. His dedication to his various roles and his professionalism has set a very high standard for other Transit Systems team members to follow.”

The retiring Peter Santas. Image: Transit Systems

Santas, a proud father of three children, eight grandchildren and soon to be three great-grandchildren, says that working in transport has been a very rewarding career.

Among the many memorable moments throughout his career was his assistance to a vulnerable member of the community during a challenging time, ultimately leading to a positive outcome. His dedication to helping others and making a difference exemplifies his character and commitment to service.

“Peter’s contributions to our company extend far beyond his daily duties,” Transit Systems CEO Michael McGee says.

“His leadership and mentorship have touched the lives of many at Transit Systems. We are incredibly grateful for his invaluable service.”

As a tribute to Santas’ remarkable career, Transit Systems recently hosted a celebration at Leichhardt Depot, featuring a cake in his honour and a special appearance by the iconic double-decker bus from the museum to mark his career milestone.

Image: Transit Systems

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) secretary Josh Murray also personally rang him to thank him for his service in the sector.

“Nearly six decades in the job is an impressive feat and I’d like to thank Peter for his hard work, dedication and passion for his colleagues and the community,” Murray says.

“There are few people who would know the bus industry as well as Peter and I speak for everyone in the Transport family in saying he’ll be greatly missed.”

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