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Thompson makes “Top 40 Under 40” list

A leader in Metro Transit’s Service Development Department is included in a new list of the top 40 industry stand-outs under 40 years old.

Kristin Thompson, Assistant Director - Scheduling, Analysis and Data Collection, is recognized in Mass Transit magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” list, published in the September/October issue. Thompson, 35, began her career as a Metro Transit analyst in 2006. While in that role, Thompson helped lead the implementation of the Student Pass program with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Thompson was promoted to Supervisor of Service Analysis in 2013, leading staff through quarterly service changes, allocating budget resources through the annual bus and rail service plan and working closely with operators and other staff to improve bus on-time performance. In mid-2014, Thompson was promoted to Assistant Director of Scheduling, Analysis and Data Collection. As Assistant Director, Thompson manages a team of 18 schedule makers, analysts and data collectors and works across several Metro Transit departments to ensure service is delivered efficiently and effectively.

Thompson has also served as a mentor to young professionals, working closely with agency interns and as a leader with the Minnesota Chapter of WTS (Advancing Women in Transportation). “I’ve always wanted to work in a field where I’m serving the public,” Thompson told Mass Transit. “I feel we’re meeting a very essential need for the public, which is the mobility to get around, to get to jobs and be part of a community.

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In 2014, Mass Transit named two Metro Transit employees to their “Top 40 Under 40” list – Capt. Jim Franklin and Charles Carlson, Senior Manager-Small Starts Development.