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Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Troy Macon, Heywood Garage 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, February 9, 2024 5:31:00 AM
When Troy Macon passed the former Ruter Garage, he was reminded of his uncle's experience as a bus operator in Chicago. Macon had always looked up to his uncle, and thought he might also enjoy a career in transit. He was right. "I picked [...]
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Know Your Operator: Beth de Salguero 

| Monday, October 30, 2023 11:52:00 AM
Beth de Salguero thought she'd become an airline pilot, and even earned a degree in air traffic control. For the past decade, though, she's found herself at the helm of trains instead of planes. The change in career paths was inspired by [...]
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Know Your Operator: Hernan Smiley Smith 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, September 27, 2023 8:00:00 AM
Hernan Smiley Smith now has a job he never thought he could have and that’s helping him become an example for his children. “I want my kids to see that hard work and consistency will get you what you want,” Smiley Smith said. “I don’t [...]
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Know Your Operator: Kevin Montry 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, July 28, 2023 8:00:00 AM
When Kevin Montry reported for on-call work June 3, he received a special assignment he believes was destined to operate. "When I saw the bus, I was grateful," Montry said. "I knew I was the one who was supposed to operate it – and I don't [...]
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Know Your Operator: Xia Yang 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, July 13, 2023 9:58:00 AM
In 1968, Xia Yang was born in a warzone in Laos. Today, he can be seen around the Twin Cities on Metro Transit billboards. “Some people forget how good they have it here,” Yang said. “I remember to appreciate what I have.” His journey [...]
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