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Plastic seats the new norm on light rail vehicles 

| Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:58:00 PM
The cloth seats customers once found – and sometimes avoided – on light rail vehicles are no more. This summer, light rail technicians finished swapping out more than 13,000 cloth seat backs and bottoms with new, custom-designed plastic seats [...]
Light Rail METRO Blue Line

Despite challenges, public facility workers endure, empathize 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, July 15, 2021 9:17:00 AM
Julie Mickus isn’t easily rattled. And at 64, the former bus operator and mother says she tries to start each day by letting go of whatever may have upset her the day before. Her ability to stay positive has been especially helpful over the [...]
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COO Vince Pellegrin retires after four decades in transit 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:39:00 AM
Growing up in southern California, Vince Pellegrin was a self-described “surfer kid” with a thing for hot rods. His first job? Pumping gas. His first car? A 1967 Ford Fairlane. But after attending the University of Southern California and [...]
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Career Tracks: Perry Gunderson, Manager, SCADA communications & signals 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Monday, June 7, 2021 2:47:00 PM
Many people who work at Metro Transit take on new responsibilities and roles throughout their careers. Career Tracks highlights the paths employees have taken to their latest assignment and where they see themselves going next. To learn more [...]
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Train operator Latina Laramee marks personal milestones this Mother’s Day  

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:18:00 PM
For Mother’s Day, Train Operator Latina Laramee of Fridley can celebrate herself this year. A single mother, Laramee landed a bus operator job with Metro Transit in 2011. The change allowed her to have one job instead of three, while still [...]
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