Bus driv­ers feel­ing the post-sea­son spirit

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If you think there’s noth­ing like kick­ing back and watch­ing the game with friends, or feel­ing the en­ergy as it washes over the Sad­dle­dome for a home game — you haven’t driven for Cal­gary Tran­sit.

But luck­ily, two of tran­sit’s top fans (there are many more, we’re sure) have agreed to share why game day is one of their favourite times to drive.

“You can feel it, you can see it,” said driver Lind­say Kem­ble. “When you have the sign ‘Go Flames Go’ on the bus, when you’re wear­ing the jersey peo­ple no­tice and it gets them ex­cited.”

Lind­say Kem­ble said peo­ple love see­ing her vin­tage jersey. It was her mom’s — who bought it in the 1980s — and she wore it to the 1989 fi­nals. It was also signed by a few play­ers who played in that game when the Flames won the Stan­ley cup. This is her first time driv­ing dur­ing a Stan­ley Cup play­off se­ries.

Sukh­pal Par­mar has been a fan since 1988 and says he’s been do­ing Cal­gary Tran­sit play­off runs for 17 years. He said it’s al­ways a happy time, even when some cus­tomers have in­dulged be­fore the game.

“Peo­ple are so happy and you can see the smile on their face,” Par­mar said. “Even when they go to games at about six-o-clock, seven-o-clock they’re happy, singing and even some of them are al­ready drunk.”

Kem­ble chimed in, adding that it’s good that they, as tran­sit driv­ers, can be a part of the ex­cite­ment by giv­ing peo­ple a safe op­tion to get to the game and then re­turn home.

Spokesman Ron Collins said the top pri­or­ity for Cal­gary Tran­sit is that their pas­sen­gers have fun, but are also safe. Driv­ers are en­cour­aged to have their “Go Flames Go” des­ti­na­tions signs on, and wear jer­seys to show their play­off spirit.

“We’re ob­vi­ously a big part of the com­mu­nity,” said Collins. “This is a way for us to show we are a big part of the com­mu­nity.”

You might be think­ing: why would they want to miss a game, not hear the score and see the plays? They told Metro it’s be­cause they’re ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enc­ing games through their pas­sen­gers.

“When we’re driv­ing dur­ing the games we of­ten get our up­dates as to who has scored what from our pas­sen­gers,” Kem­ble said. “I end up cheer­ing when peo­ple come in and tell me how they’re do­ing.”

i end up cheer­ing when peo­ple come in and tell me how they’re do­ing. Lind­say Kem­ble

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