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Posts in Category: Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator Light Rail Safety

Operators put their skills to the test in Rail Rodeo 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:37:00 AM
As the lead singer for the band Capital Sons, Karl Obermeyer is comfortable performing in front of a crowd. On Saturday, he put on a different kind of show – joining 13 rail operators competing in front of judges as part of Metro Transit’s Rail [...]
Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Renee Stafford 

| Friday, March 11, 2016 2:03:00 PM
Needing money to put herself through school, Renee Stafford taught swim lessons and worked as a lifeguard. But traveling between the University of Minnesota and her Mounds View home on Route 25, she was inspired to pursue a different line of work: [...]
Bus Community Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Hussein Mohamed 

| Monday, November 23, 2015 12:29:00 PM
Hussein Mohamed had just graduated from high school when he was driven from Somali amid a violent civil war. As a refugee in Kenya, he spent six years selling gasoline and other provisions so he could earn a modest income. In 1996, seeking a [...]
Bus Know Your Operator Safety

Celebrating four decades of service, safety 

| Wednesday, July 8, 2015 1:11:00 PM
When Jerry Olson was sent out to drive a bus alone for the first time, the then 21-year-old operator couldn’t help but feel a little anxious. After all, he’d had just four weeks of training and had gotten into enough trouble with his own vehicles [...]
Bus Community Know Your Operator

Top operators recognized for safe driving, customer service 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, June 17, 2015 1:47:00 PM
Every weekday morning, operator Rodney Smith makes four 12-mile journeys between Normandale Community College and downtown Minneapolis on Route 535. With a full load of customers in tow, he guides a 40-foot bus through rush hour traffic on [...]
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