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Default Finally realizing a passion of mine after all these years.

Ever since the late 1980s, I'm finally realizing a dream of mine. And my old, or should I say very ancient felony conviction, has absolutely zero bearing on it. The local transit agency (Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority) services Erie and Niagara Counties' mass transit needs. I've always wanted to drive bus for them, but at that time, it wasn't what you knew, but who you, well you get the gist. And my conviction back in 1997 effectively wiped that idea out, or so I thought. I got my CDL in 1999 and did cargo transport and route delivery from then until 2015 when I was let go by Graybar. In 2016, I started exploring the possibility of passenger transport again and the NFTA said my particular conviction won't matter. Now, after a little over 15 months driving school bus, I am just about all set to begin the next chapter in my career.
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With the fact the NFTA is a state agency with an incredible benefits package, job security, increased wage scale, and all the other goodies, I figure I'm going to park it there until my retirement (pun intended). I also note that a person who has a felony conviction should never be discouraged, there are wonderful opportunities for good careers, You need to be patient and gain as much education and training as you can get your hands on. In my case, time was my ally and I versed myself on the Article 19-A laws to ensure that I meet the standards set forth by New York State. Plus with my 10+ years of commercial truck experience and fairly (had a handful of accidents over those years) safe driving, this is a great fit for me at this time.
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Time, experience, knowledge....that's a pretty powerful combination. When I was in my mid-20's, a 60+ year old wise woman told me that the more I knew, the better off I'd be. She also told me that any day that something isn't learned is a wasted day. Those 2 things have stuck with me all these years....I'm now a few years older than she was at that time.

You set a goal & worked your way up until you attained that goal. I wish more folks would do that instead of demanding instant gratification, then blaming others when they're disappointed. Kudos to you for your persistence and patience
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My hub drives buses.
He goes to all different places (charter bus)
He seems to enjoy it most of the time. He also often does the casino shuttles.
But he's been to football, baseball games too sometimes. Someone wont show up or the guests buy him a ticket and he gets to go.


Yesterday he went to Ft Point. lol.
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That’s great well done, what a great new career and a dream fulfulled
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It's a fantastic career field for the right people. You have to be customer service oriented and very, or should I say EXTREMELY safety conscious because you are dealing directly with human lives. Now, understandably so, state and federal regulations concern themselves with certain criminal disqualifiers, namely any sex crimes, crimes of moral turpitude, crimes involving children, elderly or disabled would be automatic lifetime bans. Other offenses can be a ban for a certain period of time, such as theft, etc. Regardless, it is still up to the individual company and they do mostly follow the state and Fed guidelines. Here in NY, for example, a felony will disqualify a candidate if it is less than ten years old. Otherwise, if it isn't a lifetime disqualfier, then you would be OK.
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My hub drives buses.
He goes to all different places (charter bus)
He seems to enjoy it most of the time. He also often does the casino shuttles.
But he's been to football, baseball games too sometimes. Someone wont show up or the guests buy him a ticket and he gets to go.


Yesterday he went to Ft Point. lol.
Did he have issues with Canadian immigration? Because certain felonies can render a person inadmissible.
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As of October 12, my tenure as a school bus operator will officially end after I sign off from my afternoon route. Then training for the NFTA starts October 15 promptly at 8AM!!
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Update. Training is going very well, it is a 35 day course. Now, since I have my CDL with endorsements, the only test I'll have to take is the 19-A written and BTW road test administered by the NFTA biennually. After the course is completed, then I begin work out of the Babcock garage.
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More than that. The lesson I'm trying to teach here is that it IS possible to move beyond that conviction. It'll take time and hard work, but it can be done.
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You better This thread is what I would call a 'teaching moment." Its always a good thing when work ethics, setting goals, following through, determination & patience result in a positive outcome & are used in examples for others' benefit, especially for those who need to hear it most (disenfranchised people).

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It's about the only sure way to overcome a felony conviction.
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So, week one is in the books. Now the real training begins on Monday when I meet my road instructor and finally get behind the wheel.
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First week of on the road training completed. Learned basics with both the 30 and 40 foot transit buses. Continuing routes, pretrip inspections, and further preparation for the upcoming 19-A written and road exams on Thursday.
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All too often, when a person has a run in with the law, they become defeated and wonder about their future. I was there myself. Oh sure I had major obstacles to overcome, many trucking companies flat out rejected me early on when I first got my CDL, but I realized that defeat wasn't an option either. I pressed on and persevered. That's what ex offenders need to understand. Being angry and upset, although perfectly understandable, is also counterproductive. Take that anger and use it as fuel to press on.
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Passed my 19-A written and road exams this week. I also started out of my assigned terminal and getting more comfortable behind the wheel. Further training will involve the farebox, radio, and most importantly, dealing with the public, our ridership.
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