Frank de Jesus: My father was a bus driver, and um, he would take me to work with him on days that he had no babysitter. And, I just remember that I would sit there right by his feet and he would give me the microphone, and would tell me to say, ‘Lexington and 96 street coming up next.’ So you would hear me in my little baby voice, ‘Lexington and 96 street, up next!’ And I loved it, I thought it was the best job in the world as a kid. So, I’m here because I love the job.
Tyrone Hampton: You know, we take a chance everyday with snowstorms, traffic, you know, people running in front your bus!
FDJ: Through all the trials and tribulations, we do like doing what we do for New York City.
TH: We do, we have a driver’s heart.
TH: But, now our heart is being tested, and it’s one hell of a test.
FDJ: Everyday that we step foot on that bus we come home with the possibility of not infecting ourselves only, but our loved ones.
TH: You know, we’ve seen a lot of brothers die, a lot of coworkers lose their life behind this attack.
FDJ: What gives me the most hope right now — I have a good friend, and I see him with a, with a roll of caution tape, and every bus that passes by he’s running in and taping off the seat right behind the bus driver, making sure nobody sits there. So the next bus I got on with him and I helped him do it faster, and every bus that came on, we did it. You know, once you’re against a wall the only way you can go is forward. I want you to know that you got a brother in me for life, now. You know, I mean, if I didn’t know it before, I know it now for sure.
TH: We gonna make it through this, man. We gonna make it through.