This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is longtime Chapel Hill Transit operator Amy Edwards.

Edwards recently retired after a long career with Chapel Hill Transit — spanning back to July 1986.

“She’s been serving our community for 34 years,” said Chapel Hill Transit director Brian Litchfield. “I think we have folks on our team that weren’t even born when she started working for us.”

Her longevity in the Chapel Hill community isn’t even the most impressive thing.

“The most impressive thing with her career is that 34 years and zero preventable accident,” Litchfield said. “So she has driven, we estimate, a little over a million and a half miles in her career and never once had a safety accident.”

To clarify, 1.5 million miles is enough to drive around the world 60 times.

“Every time she opened that door, there was always a smile. She would always welcome you.”

In her 34 years with Chapel Hill Transit, Edwards filled many roles. She was a dispatcher. She was a payroll clerk. She was an expert trainer and a whole lot more. But Brian Litchfield says she was always happiest driving the bus. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.

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