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Posts in Category: Know Your Operator

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 [...]
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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 [...]
Bus Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Paul King 

| Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:45:00 PM
When a group of older female passengers began calling Operator Paul King “Goldie,” he thought it had something to do with the rings he wore. Not exactly. “I asked them where the name came from and they said they were calling me that because I had [...]
Bus Community Know Your Operator

Fond memories on a final ride 

| Friday, January 9, 2015 2:40:00 PM
Paul Liddicoat was just out of high school, living at home and looking for work, when his mom, a longtime bus rider, suggested that he apply at what was then known as the Metropolitan Transit Commission. Liddicoat hadn’t considered working as an [...]
Bus Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Mary Barnd 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, December 5, 2014 12:57:00 PM
When Operator Mary Barnd picked up her first customers, she panicked. As a 17-year semi-truck driver, Barnd had developed an innate sensitivity to others entering her private driving space and was taken aback when she started training and [...]
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