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The bus stops here 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:43:00 PM
When Sheila Miller began working as a bus operator in 1977, she thought it would be a temporary stay that would hold her over as she decided on a career path. When she discovered she liked the job, the short-term plan turned into a 20-year tenure [...]
Bus Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Paul King 

| Thursday, February 26, 2015 4:45:00 PM
When a group of older female passengers began calling Operator Paul King “Goldie,” he thought it had something to do with the rings he wore. Not exactly. “I asked them where the name came from and they said they were calling me that because I had [...]
Bus Bus Rapid Transit Community Safety Transit Police

Transit Police going beyond the bus in North Minneapolis 

| Tuesday, February 10, 2015 9:22:00 AM
Metro Transit patrol officer Sidney Jones didn’t grow up in North Minneapolis. But when he moved here from Kansas City a decade ago he landed squarely in the middle of the community, making his home on Russell Avenue North. After experiencing [...]
Good Question METRO Blue Line METRO Green Line Ridership

Good Question: How are light-rail rides counted? 

| Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:25:00 PM
With tens of thousands of customers boarding light-rail trains on the METRO Green and Blue lines every day, it’s reasonable to wonder just how Metro Transit keeps track of all those rides. The answer: Automatic Passenger Counters, or [...]
Bus Community Know Your Operator

Fond memories on a final ride 

| Friday, January 9, 2015 2:40:00 PM
Paul Liddicoat was just out of high school, living at home and looking for work, when his mom, a longtime bus rider, suggested that he apply at what was then known as the Metropolitan Transit Commission. Liddicoat hadn’t considered working as an [...]
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