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Light Rail Safety Transit Police

New cameras will improve light rail security, service 

| Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:23:00 AM
Metro Transit will soon have a much better picture of what’s happening inside light rail vehicles. Four high-resolution cameras offering 360-degree views will be installed inside the passenger areas of all 91 light rail vehicles this year, [...]
Bus Maintenance

Technicians compete against each other, clock in Bus Maintenance Roadeo 

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, January 24, 2020 10:41:00 AM
Getting buses ready to pull out of the garage on time means Metro Transit’s technicians are always aware of the clock. This week, a friendly competition put a group of technicians on an even more challenging timeline. Inside one of Metro [...]
Bus Shelters

Shelter improvements continue across the region 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Monday, January 13, 2020 12:43:00 PM
New shelters were installed at several locations in 2019, including at, clockwise from left: 35th and Chicago, in Minneapolis, Dale Street and Selby Avenue, in St. Paul; and on Rice Street and Charles Avenue, in St. Paul. Until recently, Route 5 [...]
On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Hank Steward 

| Monday, January 6, 2020 11:46:00 AM
Job: Fare Collections Specialist (Vault Puller), Heywood Garage Years of Service: 18 How did you come to work at Metro Transit and what do you do? I started as a bus operator in 2001 and I’ve been a vault puller for almost 11 years now. [...]

Operators find a lot to like in new apprentice program 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Monday, December 16, 2019 1:35:00 PM
When Lee Estis began as a bus operator in 2013, he frequently turned to peers with more experience for advice. One particularly useful insight – “When all else fails, just stop the darn bus and think about what you’re doing” – has come into [...]
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