Rolling to a stop

Little Rock bus driver/dispatcher puts brakes on 65-year career

Posted: November 10, 2013 at 3:40 a.m.

Tommy DeVore takes his old-time place behind the steering wheel of a Central Arkansas Transit Authority bus. DeVore started his 65-year career as a driver for the transit system. “I just loved the driving part,” he says on the way to his next stop: retirement.

Tommy DeVore has done just about everything to do with buses. The Little Rock bus driver, dispatcher and public transit historian claims he is retiring after 65 years — five times longer than the average city bus stays on the job.

The wall calendar dates this photo to 1948, as 19-year-old bus driver Tommy DeVore (left) and supervisor Ben Hooks figure up another day’s bus fares. ...

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