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Know Your Operator: Tanya Young, Blue Line  

| Friday, August 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM
Tanya Young tells people she was raised to be a train operator on the METRO Blue Line. As a child, she lived just east of Hiawatha Avenue, at the time a one-lane highway with apple trees. Her mom ran a business in downtown Minneapolis, and [...]
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Know Your Operator: Abdulrzaq Ali, Ruter 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, July 29, 2021 3:15:00 PM
Abdulrzaq (Ab-dul-ra-zaq) Ali didn’t intend on immigrating to the United States from Yemen, but fate made him follow his heart. “I came here as a tourist, and to visit my sister,” Ali said. “Then, I met the love of my life and we got [...]
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Know your Operator: John Brown, East Metro 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:18:00 PM
Years of Service: 5 Garage: East Metro Lives: Woodbury Family: Wife, three kids, and two grandchildren After 27 years working at a big box grocery store, John Brown decided it was time for a change. He had a degree as a diesel [...]
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Know Your Operator: David Stiggers, South Garage 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:57:00 AM
Years of service: 15 Lives: St. Paul Garage: South Family: Wife and four daughters In 1991, David Stiggers came to Minnesota by way of Chicago to try to make it big in hip hop music. One of his songs, “Iluvyalikeachickenwing,” even [...]
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Know Your Operator: Ismail Jama 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:55:00 AM
Growing up in Toronto, Ismail Jama often got around using the city’s subway and streetcar networks. So when he moved to Minneapolis as an adult, he was naturally intrigued at the prospect of becoming a train operator at Metro Transit. To give [...]
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