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Know Your Operator

Know your operator: Barkon Greaves 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:03:00 PM
On any given Sunday, Barkon Greaves drives a bus – not for Metro Transit, but for his church. “I pick up the old people who can’t get there,” Greaves said. “I try to help out as much as I can.” For someone who walked about 800 miles to [...]
On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Carri Sampson-Spande 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:42:00 PM
Job: Rail Transit Supervisor Years of Service: 18 months How did you come to work at Metro Transit and what do you do? After studying sociology and political science, I started working at Alpha Human Services, a Minneapolis-based [...]
On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Mike Jones 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:10:00 AM
Mike Jones (center) shares his delicious creations with his coworkers in Customer Relations. To celebrate Mardi Gras, he baked a traditional King Cake. Lives: Brooklyn Park Job: Customer Relations Specialist Years of service: 11 How did [...]
Bus Know Your Operator

Operators differ in age, interests but share same love of the job 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Monday, February 17, 2020 3:12:00 PM
On paper, Kou Yang and Peter Huston don’t have much in common. After growing up in California, Yang moved to the Twin Cities, joined the National Guard and began working odd jobs. Huston grew up in upstate New York and built a career as a [...]
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Electricians find a permanent fix to a perennial problem 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:46:00 PM
In late-2018, frustrated by repeatedly repairing on-demand heaters customers use while waiting for a bus or train on cold days, Electrician Jim Davis came up with an idea. What would happen, he thought, if the heat-creating bulbs, frequently [...]
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