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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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Know Your Operator: Tamica Washington 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, February 28, 2020 7:55:00 AM
In 1990, Tamica Washington became an operator by accident. While supporting a friend applying to become a bus operator by going to a hiring event, she was told that she couldn’t stay unless she was applying. So, on a whim, she filled out an [...]
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Know your operator: Barkon Greaves 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:03:00 PM
On any given Sunday, Barkon Greaves drives a bus – not for Metro Transit, but for his church. “I pick up the old people who can’t get there,” Greaves said. “I try to help out as much as I can.” For someone who walked about 800 miles to [...]
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Operators differ in age, interests but share same love of the job 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Monday, February 17, 2020 3:12:00 PM
On paper, Kou Yang and Peter Huston don’t have much in common. After growing up in California, Yang moved to the Twin Cities, joined the National Guard and began working odd jobs. Huston grew up in upstate New York and built a career as a [...]
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Know Your Operator: Pao Xiong 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:44:00 PM
After the Vietnam War ended, an eight-year-old Pao Xiong chose to immigrate from Laos to the United States. “It was a courageous decision to take that jump by myself,” Xiong said. “The older community members were telling me, ‘Don’t go. You don’t [...]
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