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I-35W & Lake Street Station opening October 18 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:00:00 PM
After decades of visioning and community input, the I-35W & Lake Street Station will open to the public on Monday, Oct. 18. The two-level station, in the center of I-35W, will be served by several local and express routes and, starting [...]

“It means everything”: Operator celebrates 45 years of service  

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:59:00 PM
When Operator Melanie Benson pulled up to the bus stop on Lagoon Avenue Monday morning, as she’s done hundreds of times over the years, a few familiar faces were there to greet her. There was also a plaque to be presented, commemorating Benson’s [...]
Know Your Operator

Know your Operator: Komi Afoutou, South Garage  

| Monday, October 11, 2021 4:11:00 PM
Years of service: 8 Lives: Richfield Garage: South Family: Wife and three kids While working as a high school principal in Togo, Komi Afoutou won the Visa lottery. So, the recently married 32-year-old and his wife packed their bags. [...]
On Off The Clock

On the Clock/Off the Clock: Ray Ziesmer, Foreperson-Commuter Rail 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:03:00 AM
Lives: Lindstrom Years of service: 7 years How did you come to work at Metro Transit and what do you do? Since I was little kid, I have liked tearing things apart and finding out how they work and what I can do to improve or repair [...]

'Stoic' train operator recognized as Minnesota's operator of the year 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 3:56:00 PM
Harry Mandik is the epitome of a public servant – and he’s a pretty good operator, too. For 35 years, Mandik has carried people to their destinations throughout the Twin Cities and served as an informal leader for bus and train operators [...]
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