In the Bronx, One Passenger in a Thousand

New York City bus driver Ronald Ruiz at the StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal.

New York City bus driver Ronald Ruiz at the StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal. StoryCorps hide caption

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Ronald Ruiz has driven a New York City bus for 11 years. In that time, Ruiz, 58, has become one of the most beloved drivers in the Bronx, counting more than 100 regulars among his many passengers.

But Ruiz, a single father with two daughters, says that one passenger, a woman from two years ago, sticks in his mind. Coming from a bus driver known for his singular style — including decking his bus out for various holidays — the story had to be told.

Stories from the StoryCorps oral history project can be heard every Friday on 'Morning Edition'. Recordings of participants' conversations also go to the Library of Congress.

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