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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.

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