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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 3, 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 7, 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 1, 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.


Jerome Kaczmarek, #1408 

Rail Operator
| Friday, May 4, 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.

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