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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.

2010

Mark Johnson, #205 

Garage Manager
| Friday, January 01, 2010 3:42:00 PM

After leaving the military, Mark Johnson returned to the Twin Cities to look for work. He saw a job posting in the newspaper that said operators could earn $3.46 an hour, plus overtime. Looking for a way to put himself through school, Johnson responded and began as an operator at Nicollet Garage on May 4, 1970. Though he graduated with an accounting degree, he spent the next 40 years working at Metro Transit. After 16 years as an operator Johnson became an instructor. In 1993, he began a one-year stint as the Assistant Transportation Manager for the old Snelling Garage. He moved to South Garage to become manager a year later. Johnson also worked as a manager at Martin J. Ruter, Heywood and Snelling. Johnson described himself as a “driver’s manager” and said the best part of working at Metro Transit was developing friendships and giving others the opportunity to succeed. Johnson retired in January 2010. In retirement, he is active in church and spends time at his home in Florida.

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