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How We Roll

How We Roll: Jeremy Hop 

Posted by johnkomarek | Friday, September 14, 2018 1:13:00 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 illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Jeremy Hop, Customer Relations Specialist

How did you make the transition to Transit?

I've been a casual rider since I was a teenager so Metro Transit wasn’t new to me. My first bus route was the 10, since it was a couple blocks from home. Later in life, when I was ready to buy my first house, I searched for a house near the Blue Line. I ended up buying a home within ten minutes of the 38th Street Station. To date, I’ve been car-free for 5 years.

I had an older truck that didn’t run well, so instead of trying to use it for my daily commutes, I chose to bike and use transit. During a period when I did delivery work, I purchased a van to replace the truck and found that the payments were too expensive. That was when we started to investigate becoming car-free. It was a great decision.

How do you get to work?

During fair weather, I commute via bicycle. I take my youngest daughter to daycare in a bike trailer. I leave her trailer parked at daycare and continue my trip to work. On days when it’s too cold or rainy, I ride the bus between home, daycare and work. I catch the train at Nicollet Mall for my final leg.

What do you enjoy most about your commute?

I enjoy the variety of modes I can employ depending on weather and how I feel. I don’t have to feel boxed into a single mode and getting bored. I like how my daughters and I have had random positive encounters with perfect strangers. A lady on Route 10 once gave my youngest daughter a fresh flower from her bouquet on. The consistent friendly faces during our winter commute on our regular bus routes creates a sense of community.

How do you get around outside of your commute?

We walk, bike, take transit and occasionally use rideshare and carshare programs for trips out of town. We live in a compact neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis where my daily needs are within walking and transit distance. Since we are only a couple miles from downtown Minneapolis, we can get pretty much everywhere in well under an hour.

How We Roll

How We Roll: Glenn Gilbert 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:38:00 AM

Glenn Gilbert - Business Systems Manager

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 illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Glenn Gilbert - Business Systems Manager

How do you get to work?

I commute exclusively by transit. I usually take Route 61 to downtown Minneapolis, then walk to Heywood, stopping for coffee on the way. If I miss the 61, I walk to the A Line and transfer to the Green Line. When I lived in Blaine I walked to the Paul Parkway Park & Ride and took Route 865.

What do you choose to commute sustainably?

First, I don’t see how any of us could ever understand what our customers experience without being a customer ourselves. I didn’t appreciate the value of real-time signs and NexTrip until I started waiting on the sidewalk just hoping a bus was on the way.

Because I combine walking with my riding, I’m able to put some physical activity into my daily routine and that’s the most reliable way for me to exercise. I also enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, or drowsily watching the world go by while we travel. 

There is also something about moving around on foot that feels very free. I’m more present with people and places, I experience the neighborhoods at a more deliberate pace, and I’m very aware of the weather. Plus, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching the early morning sun light up the river and the towers downtown.

How do you use sustainable modes outside of commuting?

My wife and I moved from Blaine to Falcon Heights last winter and the transit access let us sell a vehicle and become a one-car family. I take the bus to go shopping at Cub, Target, Har Mar, Rosedale, etc. When we go to baseball games, music or pubs we always walk and use transit because we don’t have to hassle with parking and we don’t risk a DWI.

Sometimes everyone on the bus or train is in their own little world, and sometimes I wish certain people would shut up or get off, but every once in a while there are moments with a real sense of shared community. I’ve seen people immediately surround and care for someone who fainted, and I’ve laughed along with everyone else when a little kid said something funny. It’s a good reminder that we’re all in this world together.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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