(they are all disappearing now) drove their buses as they saw fit. Transit agencies allowed individual drivers to pretty much to do whatever they wanted in performing their tasks. It's only in the last decade that transit drivers have been subject to endless interference from overly bureaucratized transit management. Rumor has it that Leonard was pretty much 'forced out' by Trimet management. They pretty much make life miserable if they want to. Yes this does happen at Trimet, as I myself can testify too. (This has been disputed by a union rep Gary Hernandez but I have it from one of Leonards 'groupies' that Leonard did not want to leave.) Leonard was involved in the high profile "stabbing" incident which occurred on the bus 33. That incident is below the break along with a couple other videos I have of Leonard.
I always wondered why Leonard just didn't take work comp (90% of full wage) and just be done with Trimet. Well I knew the answer to that, Leonard loved the job. He loved the work and he loved his riders. It's fascinating indeed that there is not one mention of his leaving Trimet on his facebook page. If it was cordial I am sure he would have mentioned it there.
Good luck Leonard.