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Know Your Operator: Adeyinka Adesida 

| Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Fellow bus drivers often wonder whether Adeyinka Adesida ever has a bad day. Spend a half hour with him and it’s easy to see why. The Nigerian-born operator laughs heartily as he recounts his path from Africa to the Twin Cities, where he has [...]
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Know Your Operator: Darin Pavek 

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:00:00 PM
When Darin Pavek’s father suggested he follow his lead and become a bus driver for Metro Transit, he didn’t think much of the idea. “I thought, ‘Why would you want to drive around with 40 back seat drivers when you don’t know where [...]
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Know Your Operator: Shenghai Ly 

| Friday, November 29, 2013 9:00:00 AM
When Shenghai Ly was growing up on a farm in Laos, she dreamed of becoming a airline pilot. The growth spurt she needed never came. Although her height kept her out of the cockpit, Ly didn’t give up her goal of operating a large vehicle. After [...]
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Know Your Operator: Melanie Benson 

| Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:20:00 PM
Waiting for a city bus in a driving, icy rain, Melanie Benson found her calling. "When that red bus came over the hill it looked like my savior and I just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have a job where everyone’s glad to see you all the [...]
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Longtime bus driver reflects on career 

| Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:07:00 PM
When Phyllis Wade-Myers began her career at Metro Transit, the buses didn't have power steering, drivers wore heavy suits to stay warm and the profession was dominated by males. The challenges didn't deter her from applying. In 1985, she joined [...]
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