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On Off The Clock Transit Police

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Capt. Rick Grates 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Wednesday, December 30, 2020 3:40:00 PM
Lives: West Metro Years of service: 16 years Family: A wife, two daughters and two Labradors. My daughters are in college, one is about to earn a degree in social work and the other is studying elementary education. How did you come to [...]
Transit Police

K-9 Merle sniffed and snuggled his way into MTPD fame 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Monday, December 28, 2020 10:42:00 AM
Metro Transit Police Department K-9s are trained to protect the community by sniffing out shell casings and explosives. But Merle, a black Labrador who was among the department's first K-9s, also served as a four-footed goodwill ambassador, [...]
Transit Information

Better signs, better information arrive on Marq2 corridor 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, December 23, 2020 8:39:00 PM
New real-time displays that promise to be more reliable were recently installed at some of the busiest bus stops in downtown Minneapolis. In all, 36 new LED displays were placed along the Marq2 Corridor, where customers board dozens of [...]
Bus On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Operator Tekoyia Brisco 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Thursday, December 17, 2020 7:02:00 PM
Lives: St. Paul Job: Operator, South Garage Years of Service: 7 How did you come to work at Metro Transit and what do you do? After working jobs at the Mall of America as a young man, I decided I needed something more reliable and got [...]
Light Rail METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line Minneapolis St. Paul Transit Improvements

Light rail vehicles being outfitted with plastic seats 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Thursday, December 17, 2020 6:58:00 PM
For the past 16 years, customers who have taken a seat on a light rail vehicle have rested on cloth seats. But the seats have proven difficult to keep clean and dry, particularly during winter months. To prevent future soggy bottoms and [...]
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