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Light Rail METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line Minneapolis St. Paul

Technician training program creates careers, pride 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Monday, August 5, 2019 11:59:00 AM
Chapman Templer, Toua Yang and Chee Vang might still be working at lower-paying jobs without advancement opportunities had they not enrolled three years ago in a paid on-the-job training program to become light rail train technicians. They [...]
Light Rail METRO Blue Line Minneapolis Transit Police

Partners share Metro Transit Police Department's Officer of the Year honors  

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, July 2, 2019 4:14:00 PM
As partners, police officers Michael Affeldt and Joseph Carchedi spend so much time together their peers refer to them jointly as “Affeldt and Carchedi.” And now they share something in addition to a name and a beat. Affeldt and Carchedi were [...]
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Employees recall opening days of Metro Transit’s rail lines 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:14:00 AM
To hear John MacQueen tell it, the METRO Blue Line’s June 26, 2004, opening was hardly a sure success. “One of the strangest things was nothing worked well, except the day before we opened,” said MacQueen, the Blue Line’s first rail transit [...]
Awards Bus Light Rail METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line Minneapolis Safety

Sarah Gibson claims Rail Rodeo crown with calm demeanor 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:42:00 PM
Train Operator Sarah Gibson’s laid-back approach won her Metro Transit’s Rail Rodeo crown last Saturday. “I really didn’t do much to prepare. This is what I’ve been doing for five years now so operating a train is almost second nature, and [...]
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Light Rail art celebrates Earth Day, partnership 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, April 19, 2019 12:51:00 PM
A light rail vehicle carrying METRO Green Line customers to their destinations now doubles as a work of art. The outside of the vehicle shows a caterpillar becoming a monarch butterfly. Inside, the walls are covered with illustrated scenes of [...]
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