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Know Your Operator

Know your operator: Leah Ham 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, January 20, 2023 8:00:00 AM
After 20 years of working in the print industry, Leah Ham needed to find a new career. “I took an interest inventory and it said I’d be interested in trains,” Ham said. “So, I thought that I should look at Metro Transit.” She’s ridden [...]
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Know Your Operator: Marva Wagner 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, December 9, 2022 3:21:00 PM
Marva Wagner felt stuck in her career until she found Metro Transit. “I worked my way up to assistant manager of an eye care store,” Wagner said. “But after multiple times of being blocked from working into a general manager position, I knew I [...]
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Know Your Operator: Wiley Trueblood, Ruter Garage 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, November 10, 2022 2:41:00 PM
As a heavy equipment operator stationed in Seoul, South Korea, Wiley Trueblood drove everything from earth movers and semi-trucks to tanks. During the Gulf War, the U.S. Army veteran served as a munitions driver and as the driver for the [...]
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Know Your Operator: Newton Williams 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, October 28, 2022 8:00:00 AM
Not only did Newton Williams find a career that helps people at Metro Transit, he also found love. “I was working at another transportation company at the time,” Williams said. “When some contracts ended, I applied here, and so did others I [...]
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Know Your Operator: Jesus Llamas 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, August 16, 2022 9:41:00 AM
When Jesus Llamas started as a part time bus operator, he saw it as a job that would the bills while he sought a college degree from 2017 to 2020. “I originally wanted to work in law enforcement,” Llamas said. “But after working in the field, [...]
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