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Know Your Operator: Lahcen Oujani, Heywood Garage  

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, April 16, 2021 2:02:00 PM
In his early 20s, Lahcen Oujani (Lah-sen Oo-joo-knee) applied for the visa lottery and then returned to his daily life in Fez, Morocco. In the late 90s, he was surprised to receive news he could immigrate to the United States. “It feels [...]
Bus Bus Rapid Transit

East Metro Gold Line bus rapid transit project advances 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:58:00 PM
Following an important approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the METRO Gold Line is now cleared to enter the engineering phase of a federal program that could pay for 45% of the project’s cost. The approval allows the engineering [...]
Transit Oriented Development

Regional development concentrated along high-frequency transit corridors 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, April 9, 2021 9:47:00 AM
Nearly $14 billion in development was permitted along high-frequency transit corridors between 2003 and 2019, and another $9 billion in development is expected to soon follow, a new study found. The figures are included in the recently [...]

On the job and at home, mindfulness matters 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM
Yolanda Sims doesn’t get a lot of time to herself. But, as a mother and as a bus operator, she also knows how important those quiet, contemplative moments are to her mental health and to her ability to be there for those who rely on her. “If [...]

Adjusting capacity limits while holding firm on COVID precautions 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, April 2, 2021 11:30:00 AM
From General Manager Wes Kooistra Throughout the pandemic, Metro Transit has relied on public health guidance to determine how to deliver service while protecting our riders and our employees. Under this guidance, we have asked customers [...]
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