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2011

Kenneth Zimanski, #2741 

Bus Operator
| Friday, September 23, 2011 11:17:00 AM

Ken was born in London, England, and served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He began his transit career in January 1972, driving Route 4. The first bus he drove, a GMC "Jimmy" #1399, currently resides at the Minnesota Transportation Museum. He drove out of Northside for nearly three years then transferred to Snelling Garage, then finally to East Metro Garage when Snelling was closed. He retired after driving in St. Paul for 37 years. Within his 39 years of service, he posted 33 years and 8 months of safe driving. Ken retired Sept. 23, 2011, and plans to travel to England with his family to visit relatives. 

2011

John Frederick, #879 

Bus Operator
| Friday, September 09, 2011 2:13:00 PM

John Frederick

John retired from South Garage on Sept. 9, 2011, with more than 32 years of service. He was among the first group of drivers to begin work from the then brand-new South Garage upon its opening in 1980. During his career, John received Metro Transit's Safe Operator Award 28 times. He received the Outstanding Operator Award 20 times, qualifying him as an Elite Master Operator – one of only 26 Metro Transit employees to have attained that status.

2011

Robert Horbach, #2626 

Bus Operator
| Monday, August 01, 2011 2:50:00 PM

Robert Horbach

Robert retired Aug. 1, 2011, with 38 years of service. He completed his transit career at East Metro Garage.

2011

Mark Miller, #3005 

Rail Operator
| Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Mark was hired as a bus driver in July 1972, driving for 32 years at several garages, and ending his career at East Metro. Mark enjoyed the people aspect of driving, but his heart belonged to trains. Prior to Metro Transit, he applied at Burlington Northern but taking that job would require leaving Minnesota. As a young father he chose to stay and drive buses. When light-rail service began in 2004, Mark jumped at the chanced to become a train operator. He was known for his attention to detail and love of a clean train cab – he always washed the windows so they were spotless. Mark retired on July 10, 2011, and lives with his family in western Wisconsin.

2011

Ralph Juckel, #513 

Bus Operator
| Friday, July 01, 2011 3:47:00 PM

Ralph was hired by Metro Transit in April of 1981. He began his career at Snelling Garage, moved on to Nicollet and ended at Heywood with 30+ years of service. He received the Safe Driving award 24 times. He retired on July 1, 2011. In his spare time, Ralph enjoys fishing, hunting and gardening.

2011

Richard Krafty, #761 

Bus Operator
| Saturday, June 11, 2011 3:54:00 PM

Richard started with Metro Transit on June 11, 1979. He spent most of his career working from Heywood Garage. In his 32 years of service, Richard logged 29 years of accident-free driving and earned numerous customer commendations. He earned the agency's Outstanding Operator Award – the agency's mark of excellence in customer service, attendance and safety – 25 times, earning him the title of Elite Operator. Richard retired on June 11, 2011.

2011

Carroll Dingemans, #857 

Bus Operator
| Friday, June 03, 2011 12:52:00 PM

Carroll Dingemans

Carroll left his colleagues on June 3, 2011, after 31 years and three months behind the wheel. He began his career as a part-time bus driver at the former Snelling Garage, moving to full-time work after 12 years. Career highlights were receiving an award for 30 years of safe driving in 2010 and winning the agency's Roadeo – a safety and skills competition – in the part-time category in 1987. Metro Transit estimates that he served more than 880,000 customers over his years of service. Upon retirement, he planned to engage in his favorite hobby: designing and building unicycles, having already built more than 100.

2011

Bill Wormwood, #561 

Rail Operator
| Friday, June 03, 2011 11:10:00 AM

Bill began his transit career at Northside Garage, worked at Nicollet and South garages, and drove mainly from Snelling/East Metro Garage. Bill worked swing shifts for many years and he could often be found on Rice Street, Grand Avenue or East/West Seventh Street. In 2003 Bill began training as one of the first operators for the Hiawatha light-rail line, a position he held until his retirement on June 3, 2011. "The many friends I've met at Metro Transit I expect to have for the rest of my life," he said.

2011

Cheryl Selinsky, #52019 

TDM Program Administrator
| Friday, June 03, 2011 10:31:00 AM

Cheryl began her career as temporary employee with a pilot project known as MTC Commuter Services. The group was tasked with promoting transportation options to employers in the Pentagon Park area of the Twin Cities. The program grew into Minnesota Rideshare and finally became part of Metro Transit's Customer Services & Marketing division. Throughout her 32+ years as Program Administrator, Cheryl helped scores of commuters and employers find alternatives to driving alone, preventing the release of many millions of tons of greenhouse gases. She left service on June 3, 2011.

2011

Scott Berg, #335 

Transit Supervisor
| Friday, April 29, 2011 11:10:00 AM

Scott Berg

Scott was instrumental in moving Transit Supervision into the computer age. He established many of the computer procedures that are still in use today. He was responsible for training all transit supervisors when Metro Transit joined the regional 800 MHz radio system. Most recently he managed downtown St. Paul bus service through the first season of construction on the Central Corridor light-rail project. His colleagues remember him as a mentor for many new supervisors throughout his career. He retired April 29, 2011, with 31 years of service.

2011

James Latourneau, #319 

Money Counter
| Saturday, April 23, 2011 3:58:00 PM

Jim began his career as a bus driver in July 1973. He took a short break, but returned to driving, where he earned several awards and commendations. He became a vault puller in 1997; after a few short months, Jim moved to the money counting room and remained on that team until he retired on April 23, 2011. In total, he amassed 37 years and six months of dedicated service to Metro Transit. His legacy is one of accuracy, a sense of humor and a positive attitude. Jim earned 13 consecutive years of excellent attendance, and welcomed temporary workers with his friendly attitude and tales of his adventures as a bus driver.

2011

Roxanne "Rocky" McClurg, #31 

Bus Operator
| Friday, April 15, 2011 9:54:00 AM

Roxanne McClurg, or "Rocky," as she was known to co-workers, was a helpful, welcoming face to new employees at Ruter Garage. She helped organize an employee club and cooked breakfasts and lunches for colleagues during garage events. Over the course of her 37-year career, she twice finished in the top 30 and once won Rookie of the Year at the Metro Transit Roadeo, a safety and skills competition. She also won an award for 30 years of accident-free driving. She left Metro Transit on April 15, 2011, to pursue her love of fishing and travel.

2011

Mike "Kraky" Krakowski, #5524 

Stockkeeper
| Friday, April 01, 2011 3:55:00 PM

His co-workers at the Overhaul Base called him "Kraky," but you might want to call him "Mr. Organization." During his 30 years, he was responsible for physically moving two stockrooms and building another from scratch. At Metro Transit's facility where buses receive major maintenance, he was an integral part of converting the storage of bus parts – more than 6,000 types – from a shelf-based system to a carousel that allows employees to find parts faster. He retired on April 1, 2011.

2011

Glenn Goetz, #2698 

Bus Operator
| Tuesday, February 01, 2011 2:27:00 PM

Glen Goetz

Glenn Goetz worked at nearly every bus garage in his 36-year career at Metro Transit, earning the agency's Outstanding Operator Award – the agency's mark of excellence in customer service, attendance and safety – seven times before retiring with the title of Master Operator. When Goetz retired in February 2011, he was looking forward to retirement and having the time to work on old cars and clean his house, along with spending more time with his two children and six grandchildren.

2011

Kandy Duchene, #126 

Bus Operator
| Friday, January 21, 2011 2:05:00 PM

Kandy Duchene

Kandy started her Metro Transit career on Feb. 8, 1978, at the former Nicollet Garage. She transferred to Shingle Creek Garage (now Ruter) while Nicollet was rebuilt, returning to Nicollet to spend the balance of her 32-year career. She drove Route 21 – the Selby-Lake Line – for many years and closed her career on Route 23, another cross-town service that connects Uptown with Highland Village largely along 38th Street. Kandy logged 20 years of accident-free driving and earned many commendations from her customers. Her colleagues gathered on Jan. 21, 2011, to cap her career with a celebration at the garage.

2011

Thadore "Ted" Stephney, #1109 

Instructor
| Friday, January 07, 2011 10:39:00 AM

On Aug. 6, 1979, Ted joined Metro Transit as a bus operator at the now-closed Snelling Garage in St. Paul. He ended his career teaching new bus operators the driving and customer service skills he honed over his 31 years at Metro Transit. He transferred to the Instruction Center in 2006 where he administered Class A and Class B driving tests to operator-candidates on behalf of the State of Minnesota. He was certified as an instructor for two internationally recognized programs: Transit Ambassador (a course on customer service and customer communication) and Smith System (a defensive driving class for professional operators). He retired on Jan. 7, 2011.

2011

Lawrence E. Delmore, #3231 

Bus Operator
| Saturday, January 01, 2011 12:51:00 PM

Lawrence Delmore

Lawrence joined Metro Transit on Nov. 2, 1970, as a bus operator and spent most of the next 40 years serving customers of St. Paul routes during assignments at the Snelling Garage and East Metro Garage. During his tenure, he earned Metro Transit's annual safe driving award 36 times. He retired with the designation of Master Driver, by earning the agency's outstanding operator award nine times for safe driving, quality customer service and attendance. He retired in January 2011.

2011

Charles "Rocky" Pierce, #167 

Bus Operator
| Saturday, January 01, 2011 10:20:00 AM

Charles joined Metro Transit on Jan. 21, 1980, as a bus driver. "Rocky," as he was known to many he worked with, earned the outstanding operator award two times for safe driving, quality customer service and attendance. During his nearly 31 years of service, he also earned Metro Transit's annual safe driving award 23 times. His colleagues, fiancée and several grandchildren gathered in December to cap his career with a retirement celebration at Heywood Garage in January 2011.

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