I've had a passion and love for buses and the bus industry for nearly 30 years now. I'm 48 and in the process of fulfilling that passion by becoming a motorcoach operator for Trailways of New York. I have an active application in with them right now and have had history with that company when I used to do day trips between my hometown of Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Because of a run in I had with the law back some time ago, I had to stop that. I went on to get my driver's license and pursued my Commercial Driver's License (Class-A) in 1999. I then held a job as a route delivery truck driver from 1999 to 2003, then after a 4 year stint at a dry cleaners, spent another 6-1/2 years at Graybar Electric doing route delivery there. After two years at an electrical contractor doing warehouse/delivery, I was let go based on mutual agreement and decided to pursue my passion of driving bus. But I was concerned about my old conviction but the Transit Agency where I first applied said it would not be an issue. After my first application failed, Trailways held a job fair in Rochester and guess who the first one there was? Not only did I submit my application, but I was interviewed on the spot. They want me to get my passenger endorsement, which I am working on right now, and also my Article 19-A clearance. So, hopefully by Summer, yours truly will be running 45 foot motorcoaches across New York State.