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How We Roll

How We Roll: Jeremy Hop

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, September 14, 2018 1:13:00 PM

Many Metro Transit employees are committed to sustainable transportation, riding the bus or train, biking or walking to work and other destinations across the region.

These “How We Roll” profiles illustrate how much we have in common with our customers when it comes to how we get around. See you out there!

Jeremy Hop, Customer Relations Specialist

How long have you been riding transit?

I've been a casual rider since I was a teenager so Metro Transit wasn’t new to me. My first bus route was the 10, since it was a couple blocks from home. Later in life, when I was ready to buy my first house, I searched for a house near the Blue Line and ended up buying a home within ten minutes of the 38th Street Station.

I had an older truck that didn’t run well, so instead of trying to use it for my daily commutes, I chose to bike and use transit. During a period when I did delivery work, I purchased a van to replace the truck and found that the payments were too expensive. That was when we started to investigate becoming car-free. It was a great decision. To date, I’ve been car-free for 5 years.

How do you get to work?

During fair weather, I commute via bicycle. I take my youngest daughter to daycare in a bike trailer. leave her trailer parked at daycare and continue my trip to work. On days when it’s too cold or rainy, I ride the bus and train between home, daycare and work.

What do you enjoy most about your commute?

I enjoy the variety of modes I can take depending on the weather and how I feel. I don’t have to feel boxed into a single mode and getting bored. I like how my daughters and I have had random positive encounters with perfect strangers. A lady on Route 10 once gave my youngest daughter a fresh flower from her bouquet. The consistently friendly faces during our winter commute on our regular bus routes creates a sense of community.

How do you get around outside of your commute?

Now that we’ve moved to Northeast Minneapolis, most of my daily needs are within walking and transit distance. We walk, bike, take transit and occasionally use rideshare and carshare programs for trips out of town. Since we’re only a couple miles from downtown Minneapolis, we can get pretty much everywhere in well under an hour.