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Bus COVID-19

Temporary shields being introduced to help protect operators 

| Saturday, July 11, 2020 3:47:00 PM
Body Shop technicians have been asked to come up with creative solutions more than once since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Their latest invention: Temporary shields, fashioned largely from recycled bus parts, that will help safeguard operators [...]
COVID-19 Transit Police

MTPD Lieutenant brings medical background to pandemic fight 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Friday, July 10, 2020 6:17:00 PM
Growing up, Lt. Mario Ruberto dreamed of becoming a paramedic like those he saw on “Emergency,” a 1970s semi-documentary TV series about Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics. Ruberto began living the dream when he became a Mayo Clinic cardiac [...]
In This Together

In This Together: Bus Operator Machelle "Mickey" Albert 

| Tuesday, July 7, 2020 9:35:00 PM
Across the organization, Metro Transit employees’ work has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These "In These Together" Q&As illustrate how employees are adapting both on and off the clock. Read more interviews here. Machelle "Mickey" [...]

A data-driven approach to social distancing 

| Wednesday, July 1, 2020 3:10:00 PM
From Joey Reid, Senior Data Scientist Transit Vitals Although there are many reasons we operate transit, the health of a transit system is often measured in ridership. Even before the first COVID-19 cases were detected in Minnesota, I started [...]
On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Mark Ogburn 

| Monday, June 29, 2020 1:03:00 PM
Job: Bus Operator Years of service: 11 How did you come to work at Metro Transit? In 2008, I entered the workforce during the Great Recession. After working a bunch of seasonal part-time jobs at big box stores, in customer service or [...]
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