VTA driver Loretta May will be honored at State House

Loretta May at the wheel of her VTA van awaited passengers in the early morning of February 7 at the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal. — File photo by Nelson Sigelman

Vineyard Transit Authority bus driver Loretta May of Vineyard Haven will be honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2012 class of Unsung Heroines at a State House ceremony in May.

Representative Timothy R. Madden recommended Ms. May for this recognition “because of her quiet contributions to bettering the lives of those in her community,” according to a press release.

Ms. May will be honored with the other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to her community in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

Ms. May drives the Medivan to Boston every Tuesday. She tries to make the trip as pleasurable as possible. “Ms. May has amazing compassion as a driver and understands that those who are heading to doctor’s appointments often need a distraction during the trip off Island,” Representative Madden said. “She makes their trip much more of an adventure.”

The Times described Ms. May’s contributions in a story published February 8, 2012, “Vineyard medical van shuttle driver provides a comforting ride.”

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities.