Most bus drivers have riders. Leslie Zink has family. Her regulars, and they are legion, know what’s happening in her life just as she knows what’s happening in theirs, and she’s never at a loss for a commiserating word and a piece of advice. Zink’s portrait and first-person account of her 19-year bus-driving career was among those featured at last year’s RVA Street Art Fest at the former GRTC bus depot. “My philosophy is pretty simple,” she says. “Treat everybody the way you want to be treated. I get kind of upset when I speak to somebody and they don’t speak back, but that’s it: Treat everybody the way you want to be treated. And respect them. You’re not going to like everybody, but the point is you make the effort.”
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