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Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Duane Moore 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, January 13, 2022 8:00:00 AM
As a young man working at a local grocery store, Duane Moore had had enough of working long hours on his feet all day. He came across an advertisement for drivers at Metro Transit and applied. Today, he helps train other operators. But like [...]
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Know your operator: Michael Schmidt, South Garage 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, November 18, 2021 9:43:00 AM
As Michael Schmidt approaches his 8-year work anniversary, he remembers what he did to start his career at Metro Transit. “It took ten years of applying before I finally made it,” Schmidt said. During that decade, he discovered that what [...]
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Know Your Operator: Malika Kifal, Ruter Garage  

| Tuesday, November 2, 2021 3:44:00 PM
Fifteen years ago, when Malika Kifal (Mah-lee-ka Key-fall) immigrated from Morocco to Minnesota, she relied on transit for daily life.    “I’ve been outside walking to a stop or waiting in the cold or rain for a bus,” Kifal said. “I know [...]
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Know your Operator: Komi Afoutou, South Garage  

| Monday, October 11, 2021 4:11:00 PM
Years of service: 8 Lives: Richfield Garage: South Family: Wife and three kids While working as a high school principal in Togo, Komi Afoutou won the Visa lottery. So, the recently married 32-year-old and his wife packed their bags. [...]
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Know Your Operator: Veronica Carter, South 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, August 17, 2021 10:23:00 AM
As a young woman finding her career path, Veronica Carter wasn’t afraid to take chances or move to find opportunities. A little over two decades later, her search ended in 2015. “Getting a job with Metro Transit helped ground me,” [...]
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