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On Off The Clock

On/Off the Clock with Alec Robbins 

Posted by John Komarek | Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:48:00 AM
Lives: Becker Job: Mechanic, Commuter Rail Years of Service: 2 How did you come to work at Metro Transit and what do you do? After working as an auto mechanic for a few years, a friend who works at the Northstar Operations & [...]

7 Reasons to be Bus Operator instead of a Truck Driver 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:45:00 PM
Both jobs require a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and operate large vehicles, but here’s a few reasons why bus operations might be a better fit than truck driving for some people. Work + Life Balance Most trucking jobs require long [...]
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Train operator recalls 30-year-old CPR lessons, likely saving a passenger’s life 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:29:00 PM
Train operator Jim Peach (above left) was moved to take a CPR class 30 years ago after watching helplessly as a fellow Northwest Airlines mechanic died of a heart attack at work. The next time he saw someone stricken when he was on the job, Peach [...]
Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: David Williams 

Posted by John Komarek | Monday, February 18, 2019 11:25:00 AM
Better late than never. More than twelve years after a chance mention, David Williams took the advice to apply to Metro Transit. It was a man installing carpet at his parent’s house who told an 18-year-old Williams about Metro [...]
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Light rail, Bus Rapid Transit lines set annual ridership records 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00:00 PM
It was another record-setting year for Metro Transit’s light rail and Bus Rapid Transit lines. The Green Line, Blue Line and A Line each saw their highest annual ridership ever in 2018, breaking records that were set just a year [...]
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