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Bus How We Roll

How We Roll: Jovita Oghumah 

| Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Jovita Oghumah, Assistant Manager-InstructionMany Metro Transit employees are committed to sustainable transportation, riding the bus or train, biking or walking to work and other destinations across the region.

These “How We Roll” profiles illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Jovita Oghumah, Assistant Manager-Instruction

How do you get to work?

I walk about a mile and half from my house to the Highway 610 & Noble Parkway Park & Ride in Brooklyn Park. I take Route 768 to downtown Minneapolis, catch a light rail train to Target Field Station, then walk the rest of the way to the Instruction Center. In inclement weather, my wife drives me to the Park & Ride in the morning and picks me up in the afternoon. I walk to meetings at Heywood, take the Green Line to meetings at Robert Street in St. Paul, and carpool to work meetings at other sites or use the Instruction Center official van.

Why do you choose to take transit to work?

I have been taking a combination of bus and light rail to work consistently since last summer. The benefits for me are immense. I get regular exercise from walking – frequently taking more than 10,000 steps a day. I save some wear and tear on my personal vehicle and I am free from the stress of driving in rush hour traffic. It gives me a chance to meet and interact with many of our operators outside of a garage or Instruction Center setting. I drove the bus for 20 years. It’s nice and relaxing to watch somebody else drive.

Metro Transit makes it easy for me to ride the bus to work by providing me with a free transit pass. In addition, the frequency of the service on Route 768 accommodates my bus rides to and from work. I don’t stress if I missed a scheduled trip because I know another bus is not far away.

How do you use sustainable transportation in your personal life?

My wife and I always take the bus to downtown Minneapolis for any shopping, sporting or entertainment event we attend. Our goal is to avoid the expense and hassles associated with parking downtown. When we take our children to the Mall of America on weekends or go to the airport we always take the Blue Line. The convenience is immeasurable. That’s why we can’t wait for the Blue Line Extension to Brooklyn Park to be up and running (the extension will extend north to Brooklyn Park).

Bicycle Bus How We Roll

How we Roll: Jared Fette 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, December 20, 2017 9:12:00 AM

Jared Fette, Transit Information Center Representative, with his bike at the Heywood Office building in Minneapolis.Many Metro Transit employees are committed to sustainable transportation, riding the bus or train, biking or walking to work and other destinations across the region.

These “How We Roll” profiles are a chance to illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Jared Fette, Transit Information Center Representative

How do you get to work? 

I bike daily year-round from the Audubon Park neighborhood in northeast Minneapolis to Heywood. It’s about four miles each way. I take various bike routes on side streets and the Plymouth Avenue Bridge, which has awesome, wide bike lanes. The city of Minneapolis does a great job during the winter of plowing the Plymouth Avenue bike lanes. I love it because I don’t have to bike through downtown anymore to get to work. I usually take turns riding my regular road bike or my cargo bike, depending on if I need to pick up groceries on the way home. 

Why do you choose to bike to work? 

It helps me to stay healthy and happy. In college, I didn’t bike as much and thought about getting a high-mileage car. And then one day I realized that I’m already getting the best mileage and it’s so much cheaper! The sustainability part of cycling is a bonus. 

How do you use sustainable modes in your personal life? 

I like to take my dog to the dog park on my bike trailer, although she’s still getting used to it. I play drums at different venues around Minneapolis (and sometimes St. Paul), so I try to haul my drums on my cargo bike or bike trailer when possible. It’s really nice to be able to park right in front of the venue and not have to carry my drums from a block away. Lately, I’ve been getting into “bike packing” in the summer, which is biking long or short distances with camping gear and staying at campgrounds. 

For longer trips around town I usually take my bike on the train or bus. I like routes that take me across barriers, such as freeways or railroad yards. For example, Route 30 from the Quarry to Westgate Station, the A Line on Snelling, the Green Line to St. Paul, the Blue Line to Bloomington, and routes 4 or 10 to Uptown or downtown Minneapolis.

How We Roll

How We Roll: Charles Carlson 

Posted by Marisa Helms | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:29:00 AM

Many Metro Transit employees are committed to sustainable transportation, riding the bus or train, biking or walking to work and other destinations across the region.

These “How We Roll” profiles are a chance to illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Charles Carlson, Senior Manager, Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts Project Office

How do you get to work?

I’m a dedicated transit rider. Last year, I logged more than 650 bus and train rides, mostly on the METRO Blue Line. My wife and I bought a house near the Blue Line’s 46th Street Station about 11 years ago because we wanted walkable and green areas nearby and wanted to live near light rail.

Thanks to the convenience of the Blue Line, about four years ago we started sharing just one car. My work often brings me to downtown St. Paul, so I’m able to take the A Line to Route 53 or the Green Line.

What do you enjoy most about your commute?

My favorite part of my commute is that every member of my team also rides transit. In fact, frequently, several of us will ride the same train trip home. This is a wonderful way to unwind from the workday and to connect on a range of topics, as co-workers and as friends.

Riding transit also provides a continuous reminder of the projects and improvements we help implement in the Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts Project Office. As project managers, planners and engineers, firsthand experience gives us critical insight into how to remove delay, meet our customers’ travel needs, and help our operators deliver top-notch service.

How do you get around outside of your commute?

We live by a great commercial node on 34th Avenue in Minneapolis. This makes it easy for my family and I to walk or bike to locally-owned neighborhood stores and restaurants. My two kids (6, 8) have always enjoyed transit because they don’t need to be strapped into bulky car seats for a safe ride.

This year, we bought a 100 percent electric car. My wife drives it to work every day and we use it for errands. We still have our older car, but it’s now “retired.” Now, we use it for our family camping trips around Minnesota.

How We Roll

How We Roll: Shea Peeples 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:38:00 PM

Metro Transit Operator Shea Peeples at Heywood Garage. Many Metro Transit employees are committed to sustainable transportation, riding the bus or train, biking or walking to work and other destinations across the region.

These “How We Roll” profiles are a chance to illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Shea Peeples, Part-Time Bus Operator, #77104

How do you get to work?

I live in south Minneapolis, specifically in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood, and I ride my bike to work at Heywood Garage. I have a combined road/mountain bike that I ride year-round, even in the rain and the snow. You just have to dress for it, with lots of layers and rain gear. 

Why do you choose to bike?

I used to drive to my previous job as a librarian, which I had for 15 years. On the last day of that job, my car died. I didn’t want to buy another car so I started riding my bike everywhere, including to work. Now I ride my bike up to four times a day. It’s a good way to experience the city and enjoy nature, plus you have the obvious exercise benefit. It’s invigorating to roll through the streets at 4:45 a.m. on my way to work!

Do you bike and use transit outside of commuting?

I have two baskets on my bike, so I sometimes ride my bike to get groceries. If it’s a big grocery shopping trip, I will borrow my housemate’s car. I also ride the bus and take the light rail. The routes I drive are the 250 south, the 673 and the 270F. The routes I take personally are the 21, the 5, the 14 and the Blue Line. Between driving and riding, I get to see a lot of the city. I also love public transportation because I can read, which I obviously don’t do on my bike.

How We Roll

How We Roll: Christina Morrison, Project Manager, Bus Rapid Transit 

Project Manager in a one-car household finds benefits in taking kids on transit
Posted by Kathy Graul | Wednesday, July 19, 2017 2:07:00 PM

Many Metro Transit employees are committed to sustainable transportation, riding the bus or train, biking or walking to work and other destinations across the region. These “How We Roll” profiles are a chance to illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Christina Morrison, Project Manager, Bus Rapid Transit

How do you get to work?

I live in St. Paul and I take the A Line to the Blue Line to downtown Minneapolis. My husband and I moved last Spring after living on University Avenue for about ten years. When I lived on University, I took the bus and the Green Line. I’ve been a daily transit rider for about twelve years.

Why do you choose to take transit?

We’ve been a one-car household since 2007. My husband works in the northern suburbs so he takes the car to work. I’ve always worked in the city, first as a planner for the City of St. Paul and now for Metro Transit, and haven’t needed a vehicle to get to work. As a Metro Transit employee with a free transit pass, my transportation costs are zero.

When my husband and I had kids, we chose a daycare on transit instead of getting a second car. We have twins who are now two years old. I walk the twins to daycare every morning right now, but in our previous location we used a combination of the Green Line and bus. That’s when I really discovered the challenges of bringing kids on transit! Strollers can be tough on buses, and with two infants I did not have a choice about using a stroller. Unlike the A Line or the train, buses don’t all have low-floor doors and open layouts — things you take for granted when you’re traveling by yourself. Like anything, you find a way to make it work.

How do you use transit outside of commuting?

We take the A Line to the Rosedale Mall, to dinner, to get groceries, or to get to the Blue Line and the Mall of America. We also rely on transit for doctor’s appointments, haircuts and any other kind of errand.

What are the benefits of bringing your kids on transit?

There’s something about having twins that make people want to talk to you. I had a woman tell me twins are good luck in her culture and asked if she could sit next to us. Another time, my kids were crabby and an older gentleman started singing Sinatra to them. People really identify with children and when they see them on transit they want to say hello. It also teaches my kids about the community and how to interact with people. I like that it will have been part of their lives since the day they were born. I always say kids are our future ridership. If you start them at a young age they will be comfortable with it and more likely to continue riding for the rest of their lives.

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