NFTA Transporter

Monday, November 19, 2018

William Lobuzzetta Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary

Tom George presents gift to Billy Lobuzzetta 
William (Billy) Lobuzzetta celebrates 40 years at the NFTA  on Tuesday, November 20.  In honor of this great milestone, Tom George, with assistance from Sue Ohol, held a surprise luncheon during Metro's recent management team meeting.  The celebration included an etched glass award and a Ralph Kramden cake, referencing "a bus driver with big dreams" of Honeymooners fame.

Billy started his career as a Bus Driver in 1978 working out of Metro's Cold Spring Station. Being recognized for his stellar work ethic and dedication to serving the riding community, he became Bus Supervisor in 1984 and in 2002 was appointed as the Teamster's Union Leader.  In 2004, he was promoted to Superintendent of Transportation Services and continues to serve in this role today.

At Metro, Billy is known as "the guy who gets it done."  Over the years he has successfully managed Metro dispatch services and supervised numerous employees.  He has also helped plan and organize Metro bus participation during special events including stuff-a-bus and other community engagement activities.  Although he makes it all look so easy, his hard work never goes unnoticed.

“Billy Lobuzzetta’s value to the organization goes beyond his role of monitoring and managing our transportation system, his knowledge of our community and role in pursuing great customer service are paramount to making us vital to the community,” said Tom George.

In talking with Billy, you quickly get the impression that he loves his job in transportation, and he is
well-equipped to handle any situation.  One of his most significant memories includes managing Metro's crisis services day and night during the unexpected and devastating lake-effect storm in October of 2006.  During this time, he helped transport a large group of electrical and tree service employees on Metro bus from Buffalo to Rochester and back for ten days, so that the community and our residents could get the necessary help needed.

"I am so proud to work for NFTA Metro.  I never dreamed when I got hired what a wonderful career would be ahead of me.  I want to thank Kim Minkel and Tom George for their unwavering support, and the amazing employees and community members that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years.  It has been such a fantastic ride (pun intended), and I do not plan on slowing down anytime soon."

Please help in congratulating Billy on this amazing 40th year and milestone anniversary!