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Glenn Vierling, #802 

Bus Operator
| Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:07:00 AM

Glenn worked first as a bus operator from 1969-1973 and then returned from 1975 to September of 2012. In Glenn's 41 years of service he has worked at four bus garages throughout the metro area. Glenn's driving skills earned him 35 years of safe driving awards and 35 years outstanding operator awards. His skills and dedication also earned him the first pitch in 2009 representing Metro Transit at a St. Paul Saints game. Glenn's two uncles, father, and son Justin have also operated Metro Transit vehicles - providing nearly a century of service to transit customers with the Vierling name.


James Hannon, #2721 

Bus Operator
| Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:31:00 PM

James Hannon

Though short in stature – a fellow employee once jokes that he needed wood blocks to reach the pedals in the bus – Jim was long on staying power. He served just shy of 38 years, working at each of Metro Transit's bus garages. During his lengthy career, he was awarded the Prestige Master Operator Award, given to the rare group of drivers who achieve high standards of service for 30+ years. He also served on the Employee Fund Committee. Jim retired on Aug. 28, 2012, and will pursue his love of golf.


Timothy Coglianese, #119 

Bus Operator
| Friday, August 03, 2012 12:34:00 PM

Timothy Coglianese

Tim joined Metro Transit on Jan. 27, 1975, and worked at Nicollet Garage for most of his career, except for a short time when the garage was being rebuilt. An avid golfer, Tim retired Aug. 3, 2012, with 37 years of service. He was joined by his wife, two children and two grandchildren at a party held in his honor at Nicollet Garage.


Gary Turchin 

Mechanic Technician
| Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Gary retired from Metro Transit on July 28, 2012. He had 36 years of service.


Steve Hopkins, #1528 

Facilities Technician
| Monday, July 23, 2012 2:49:00 PM

Steve Hopkins

Steve was a bus operator when he first joined Metro Transit and ended his 37-year career as a facilities technician. He was one of the original members of Public Facilities Maintenance when the work group first started. He was the department's go-to person when colleagues wanted information about a specific bus shelter. Steve had a keen recollection of what type of shelter (including size, manufacturer and orientation on the street) was at any location in the system. Outside of work, his interests included computer/video games and collecting watches. Steve retired from Metro Transit on July 23, 2012.


Marcia Rossman, #3120 

Scheduling Manager
| Saturday, July 07, 2012 10:23:00 AM

Marcia began her career in the Transit Information Center in 1977 and was promoted to supervisor less than a year later. She transferred to Scheduling in 1979, working there for 33 years as a Schedule Maker, Lead Schedule Maker and ultimately Manager of Scheduling, before retiring July 6, 2012. Throughout her career, Marcia was dedicated to the highest levels of customer service and schedule efficiency. She earned Employee of the Month honors for her technical expertise and ability to interpret schedule specifications and translate them into cost-effective runs. Marcia was a leader, guiding schedule makers through countless service restructurings, work rule changes and challenges of three different computerized scheduling systems. She always took great pride in her work, and was not satisfied until the puzzle was solved and the job was done right.


Sheri Gingerich, #1307 

Deputy Chief Operations Officer – Rail
| Friday, June 01, 2012 2:25:00 PM

Sheri Gingerich

Sheri began her 31-year career with Metro Transit in 1979 as a bus driver and instructor. She worked in four bus garages as a driver and safety supervisor and was the first woman Transportation Manager in Metro Transit history. She transferred to the fledgling rail division in 2003 as one of the first employees of the Hiawatha Light-Rail Line, and ended her career leading the light-rail division. Sheri distinguished herself as a mentor and a strong leader known for her patience, flexibility, kindness and attention to employees' concerns. She retired June 1, 2012.


Daniel Underbakke, #292 

| Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:04:00 AM

Daniel retired from Metro Transit on May 16, 2012. He had 33 years of service.


Michael Jawish, #433 

Bus Operator
| Friday, May 11, 2012 3:36:00 PM

After nearly 38 years with Metro Transit, Michael retired on May 11, 2012. Michael was recognized for 36 years of safe driving and worked at Nicollet and North Side garages before finishing his career at South Garage in Bloomington. In retirement, Michael plans to travel, pursue his interest in golf and American history and spend time with his grandchildren.


erome Kaczmarek, #1408 

Rail Operator
| Friday, May 04, 2012 3:49:00 PM

Jerome began his career as a bus operator in 1972 at the North Side garage. In 2003, he joined the inaugural class of train operators on the Hiawatha light-rail line. Jerome was well-known as a safe, friendly and helpful operator who operated buses and trains accident-free for more than 39 years. He retired on May 4, 2012.


Richard Turnblom, #2512 

Bus Operator
| Friday, April 13, 2012 11:03:00 AM

Then 21-years-old and intending to drive for about six months, Richard started his career with Metro Transit (then "MTC") in 1972. He retired on April 13, 2012 with more than 40 years of service and an accident-free driving record. Besides working at four bus garages and also as a supervisor in the Transit Control Center, Richard was a participant in Metro Transit's Bus Roadeo.


Todd Stevens, #1273 

Bus Operator
| Saturday, April 07, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Todd retired on April 7, 2012, with 31 years of service. 


Marnell Wilber, #1157 

Bus Operator
| Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:09:00 AM

Marnell was recognized for 24 years of Safe Driving and received numerous Outstanding Operator Awards during her 32-year career at Metro Transit. She worked at four bus garages throughout her tenure and also has a son and grandson who have worked at Metro Transit. Marnell retired on April 3, 2012.


Dave Zapata 

Skilled Helper
| Monday, April 02, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Dave said goodbye to Metro Transit on April 2, 2012, after 32 years of service. A skilled helper, Dave was known for his attention to detail and for taking pride in his work. He spent most of his career at Nicollet Garage. He was a member of Nicollet Club, an employee organization at his garage, and often cooked meals at events that the Nicollet Maintenance department sponsored. Dave also was a representative for ATU #1005 during his career.


Thomas Wannarka, #476 

| Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:08:00 AM

Thomas Wannarka spent six months working at the Bloomington Bus Company before it was bought out by the Metropolitan Transit Commission in 1974. After moving to MTC, Wannarka worked at the old Northside Garage and Heywood Garage driving a variety of routes. For the last five years of his career, Wannarka worked at Nicollet Garage. As a driver, Wannarka was not shy about speaking with customers and said he enjoyed meeting new people. Wannarka even met his wife on the bus. Wannarka retired in April 2012 with 38 years of service. In retirement, he enjoys exercising, spending time with his family and traveling.


Ron Keuseman, #1112 

Bus Operator
| Friday, February 24, 2012 3:50:00 PM

A 36-year Safe Operator, "Big Ron" particularly enjoyed driving express service to the State Fair every year. He was also known for assisting other operators as they learned new routes. Ron worked most of his career at the Fred T. Heywood Garage in Minneapolis and at Martin J. Ruter Garage in Brooklyn Center, from which he retired on Feb. 24, 2012.


Bruce Bakke, #1201 

Transit Supervisor
| Friday, February 10, 2012 2:36:00 PM

Bruce Bakke

Bruce began work as a bus driver in October of 1980. He was also a phone representative in the Transit Information Center. He became a supervisor in the Transit Control Center, where he kept radio contact with bus drivers on their routes and he completed his career as a Transit Supervisor in the street operations department, monitoring day-to-day conditions, detouring routes when necessary and supervising drivers. Bruce was most known for his work with the City of Maple Grove. For the last years of his career, Bruce worked closely with Maple Grove and supervised the service Metro Transit provides for the city by contract. He retired on Feb. 10, 2011, with 32 years of service.


Tom Kotila, #2632 

Rail Operator
| Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:52:00 PM

Tom began driving bus at Snelling Garage in August 1973. He worked at Shingle Creek Garage, was at Northside Garage when it closed and at Heywood Garage when it opened. Tom finished 30 years of bus driving at Ruter Garage, but his transit career wasn't finished. He moved to Rail Operations as one of the first operators on the Hiawatha light-rail system, and left his mark in helping with the start-up of light rail. Tom, known as Tom4 on the railroad, safety-tested the first four light-rail vehicles, putting them through technical tests and ensuring they met operational standards prior to carrying customers. He also was among the first class of operators to become instructors to future operators. Tom retired Jan. 25, 2012, with 38 years of service.


Diane Hehr, #1068 

Bus Operator
| Wednesday, January 04, 2012 2:32:00 PM

Diane Hehr

Diane retired Jan. 4, 2012, from Heywood Garage. She had 32 years of service.


Bernadine Woodards, #545 

Bus Operator
| Wednesday, January 04, 2012 11:11:00 AM

Bernadine retired Jan. 4, 2012, with 35 years of service. She was a bus driver at Nicollet Garage. She spent her entire transit career at that location, except for a brief time when the garage was closed for renovation. Bernie looks forward to retirement to spend time with her two children and grandchildren and to enjoy her love of gardening and travel.


David Jungwirth, #2840 

Bus Operator
| Monday, January 02, 2012 3:48:00 PM

David retired Jan. 2, 2012, from East Metro Garage. He had 36 years of service.

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