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How We Roll: Steve Baisden 

Posted by johnkomarek | Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:15:00 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!

Steve Baisden, Transit Planner, Service Development

How do you get to and from work?

I take transit every day to work. I live in Woodbury, so I take Route 355 from the Woodbury Theatre Park & Ride to downtown Minneapolis, then walk to the Heywood Offices.  The great thing about transit is that I have options, so I can also ride Route 94, Route 351 or the METRO Green Line to meetings in downtown St. Paul. 

For eight years and counting, I have been riding transit almost daily. I started my transit life in Milwaukee and happily continue my ridership in Minnesota.

What do you enjoy most about your commute?

My commute is my time to relax, be more mindful and either charge up or wind down for the day. Walking to and from stops helps burn a few calories, too.  It’s great to not deal with the stress of driving in rush hour traffic.  It also saves me money.  Gas and car maintenance can average about $1,500 a year!

Instead of spending more money, not getting exercise, and stressing out, I spend my time reading, listening to podcasts or guided meditation sessions to support overall wellness. 

And you never know who you’ll meet onboard. Recently, I became reacquainted with a friend from college who rides the bus. Now we catch up often.

Why is it important to you to ride transit?

Riding the bus provides a tangible reminder how my job impacts operators and riders.  It gives me time to experience the system and to think about how we can improve the pedestrian infrastructure or on-time performance of a route to adjusting schedule times that improve transfer connections. 

My planning area includes many bus routes from East Metro Garage, so my commute has allowed me to introduce myself to operators and build healthy relationships.  Now we recognize each other at meetings, on other bus routes or at movie theaters!

How do you get around outside of your commute?

I spent most of my teenage years exploring the east side of St. Paul and often rode Routes 63 and 64.  I still use transit during my free time and especially when visiting other cities. 

Currently, I live near two commercial shopping centers and either walk or bike to stores and restaurants.  There’s a sense of freedom having the ability to walk to certain destinations and not be tethered to a vehicle. 

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How We Roll: Karyssa Jackson 

Posted by johnkomarek | Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:10:00 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!

Karyssa Jackson, Community Outreach Coordinator

Why do you choose Metro Transit?

I don’t have a driver’s license. Never have. Growing up, I always lived in a highly transit accessible area so I never really saw the value in owning a car. And because I don’t have to pay for gas, upkeep or insurance, I save a lot of money. The cost and convenience of transit have helped me prioritize living within a couple blocks of a Metro Transit station.

How do you get to work?

Every day, I take the Green Line from the Raymond Avenue Station in Saint Paul to Target Field in Minneapolis. Then it’s just a short walk to Metro Transit’s Heywood Office. It’s an easy commute and one that gets me on my feet and moving, ready to take on the day as I head into the office.

What do you enjoy most about your commute?

I find that my commute acts like a daily meditation. Not having to drive gives me the time and freedom to de-stress by just listening to music in my headphones. This is especially important to me to help me mentally prepare for each day during my morning commute.

How do you get around outside of your commute?

I use public transit every day. I live right between downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis so most things are just a one-seat ride away.

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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 long have you been riding 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 and ended up buying a home within ten minutes of the 38th Street Station.

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. To date, I’ve been car-free for 5 years.

How do you get to work?

During fair weather, I commute via bicycle. I take my youngest daughter to daycare in a bike trailer. 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 and train between home, daycare and work.

What do you enjoy most about your commute?

I enjoy the variety of modes I can take depending on the 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. The consistently 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?

Now that we’ve moved to Northeast Minneapolis, most of my daily needs are within walking and transit distance. We walk, bike, take transit and occasionally use rideshare and carshare programs for trips out of town. Since we’re only a couple miles from downtown Minneapolis, we can get pretty much everywhere in well under an hour.

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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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