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Introducing aspiring mechanics to a career in transit 

| Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM
When Tony Harmon was in high school, he knew he wanted a career that involved computers. But after graduation, he found himself working at an auto repair shop where his days were largely spent performing oil changes. After 18 [...]
Bus Bus Rapid Transit Good Question

Good Question: How are the back doors on buses controlled? 

| Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:00:00 AM
In most cases, Metro Transit encourages bus passengers to exit through the rear door so boarding customers can get on quickly. But customers who use the rear exit often wonder why the doors don’t always immediately open. For safety reasons, the [...]
METRO Green Line University of Minnesota

East Bank Station tops 1 million boardings 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Without a vehicle, University of Minnesota senior Kelsey Decker relies on transit to get to school, work and go shopping. One of her primary boarding locations: the METRO Green Line’s East Bank Station, situated at the heart of the U of M [...]
Retro Transit Transit Information

The bus stops here 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:43:00 PM
When Sheila Miller began working as a bus operator in 1977, she thought it would be a temporary stay that would hold her over as she decided on a career path. When she discovered she liked the job, the short-term plan turned into a 20-year tenure [...]
Bus Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Paul King 

| Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:45:00 PM
When a group of older female passengers began calling Operator Paul King “Goldie,” he thought it had something to do with the rings he wore. Not exactly. “I asked them where the name came from and they said they were calling me that because I had [...]
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