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Know Your Operator: Ismail Jama 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:55:00 AM
Growing up in Toronto, Ismail Jama often got around using the city’s subway and streetcar networks. So when he moved to Minneapolis as an adult, he was naturally intrigued at the prospect of becoming a train operator at Metro Transit. To give [...]
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Know your Operator: Sophia Ali 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM
Years of service: 7 Lives: Burnsville Garage: Nicollet Family: Husband and three kids After 10 years of waiting in a refugee camp, Sophia Ali finally arrived in the United States in 2001. “It wasn’t a welcoming time for Muslims [...]
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Know Your Operator: Sarah Gibson 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Sunday, February 21, 2021 8:59:00 PM
Since the start of the pandemic, Train Operator Sarah Gibson hasn’t been seeing as many passengers as she used to. But there are still enough familiar faces to keep her spirits up – the veterans traveling to and from the VA, the shoppers [...]
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Know Your Operator: Richard Isaacson 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:17:00 PM
Richard Isaacson has noticed a large drop in ridership on the routes he picks up as an extra-board operator. And that's to be expected: to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Metro Transit is stressing that people should only ride [...]
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Know Your Operator: Darren Rodriguez   

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:49:00 PM
The day a hurricane struck Puerto Rico in 2017, Darren Rodriguez's mother advised him to stay home. Instead, he reported to his job at a nursing home so he could help protect and care for more than 30 elderly individuals. “It’s a miracle that [...]
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