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COO Vince Pellegrin retires after four decades in transit 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:39:00 AM
Growing up in southern California, Vince Pellegrin was a self-described “surfer kid” with a thing for hot rods. His first job? Pumping gas. His first car? A 1967 Ford Fairlane. But after attending the University of Southern California and [...]
Shelters

In pursuit of a ‘universally positive experience’ at bus stops   

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:17:00 AM
More than 200 new and replacement waiting shelters have been installed over the past seven years, primarily in neighborhoods where there are more people of color or incomes are lower than the regional average. Customers will see another [...]
Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: David Stiggers, South Garage 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:57:00 AM
Years of service: 15 Lives: St. Paul Garage: South Family: Wife and four daughters In 1991, David Stiggers came to Minnesota by way of Chicago to try to make it big in hip hop music. One of his songs, “Iluvyalikeachickenwing,” even [...]
On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Transit Supervisor Heidi Wrenson 

| Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:54:00 PM
​Pronouns: she/he/they Lives: St. Paul Years of service: 6 Family: 3 children How did you come to work at Metro Transit and what do you do? Before coming to transit, my career followed a few paths. I started as a social [...]
Public Art Shelters

Shelters providing another place for public art 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3:53:00 PM
A self-described “whimsical wildlife documentarian,” Susan Gainen has a story for every creature she’s created in her St. Paul studio. Now, Jerry the Jade elephant and a host of her other animal friends are adding to their stories by taking [...]
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