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Bus Community Know Your Operator

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 Community In the News

Spanish classes help operators break through ‘invisible wall’ 

| Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:24:00 PM
During a recent trip on Route 21, operator Ken Peters encountered a customer who spoke limited English but needed help figuring out where to transfer downtown. Fortunately, Peters had spent the previous eight weeks studying words and phrases [...]
Bus Community Safety Shelters

On West Broadway, shelters get a steward 

| Friday, May 15, 2015 8:38:00 AM
There are a few more watchful eyes making sure transit shelters along West Broadway Avenue are staying clean and safe. The West Broadway Improvement District has adopted more than a half-dozen shelters along the North Minneapolis corridor, which [...]
Bus Bus Maintenance Community

Introducing aspiring mechanics to a career in transit 

| Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM
When Tony Harmon was in high school, he knew he wanted a career that involved computers. But after graduation, he found himself working at an auto repair shop where his days were largely spent performing oil changes. After 18 [...]
Bus Bus Rapid Transit Good Question

Good Question: How are the back doors on buses controlled? 

| Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:00:00 AM
In most cases, Metro Transit encourages bus passengers to exit through the rear door so boarding customers can get on quickly. But customers who use the rear exit often wonder why the doors don’t always immediately open. For safety reasons, the [...]
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