Veterans ride free to 6th annual ‘Seattle Stand Down’

King County Metro Transit is offering free rides to veterans attending the 6th Annual Seattle Stand Down on December 1-2 at South Seattle College’s Georgetown campusseattle_standdown_pass

The Seattle Stand Down event connects homeless and at-risk veterans with local resources and services. Representatives from businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and all levels of government are brought together at one location to provide housing assistance, case management referrals, employment opportunities, legal aid, medical screenings, eye exams, dental services, haircuts, personal hygiene items, and meals.

Representatives from ORCA LIFT, the reduced-fare transit card, and ORCA to Go, which provides information and sales of regular-fare ORCA cards, will be on-site both days.

Veterans traveling to or from the two-day event can ride free by showing one of the following forms of ID:

  • Veteran Health Identification Card
  • Uniformed Identification Card
  • DD-214

Veterans also can obtain a special two-sided free bus pass (pictured above) by contacting Hopelink at llink@hopelink.org or visiting one of the following service providers:

Metro bus routes that travel to or near the campus include routes 60, 124, 131 and 154.
Route 154 is peak-only service.   For additional information about transit
service, visit Metro Online or Metro’s Puget Sound Trip Planner, or call Metro’s Customer
Information line at 206-553-3000.

The Seattle Stand Down will open for registration at 7 a.m .on Thursday, December 1. Services will be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Friday, December 2, registration will begin at 7 a.m. with services available from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

More information is available at www.theseattlestanddown.org.

 

 

Ride Metro to Huskies, Seahawks games

The Huskies and Seahawks both play at home the weekend of Nov. 19. As the teams set their sights on playoffs, King County Metro can be a convenient way for riders and fans heading to one or both games.

Fans and regular Metro riders should be prepared for heavy game-day traffic and delays in and around the University District on Saturday, Nov. 19, and in and around Pioneer Square and downtown on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Huskies vs. Arizona State, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

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Metro operates Husky game-day non-stop shuttle buses to UW Husky Stadium from park-and-rides at Eastgate, Houghton, Kingsgate, Federal Way/South 320th Street, Shoreline, South Kirkland, South Renton and Northgate Transit Center.

Pre-game shuttles leave designated park and ride lots as they fill starting 2½ hours prior to kick-off time, with the last buses from each park-and-ride leaving approximately 40 minutes before kick-off, except for the Federal Way shuttle; this trip can take up to one hour and the shuttles are scheduled accordingly.

A $5 round trip voucher is required for each person age 6 and older to board the shuttle. Purchase vouchers from the vendor located at each park-and-ride lot. No passes or transfers are accepted on the Husky park-and-ride shuttles, including ORCA and UPASS. Game tickets are not accepted as fare on any service.

Post-game shuttles depart from designated locations near UW Husky Stadium. The last park-and-ride shuttle leaves the Husky Stadium area 30 minutes after the game.

Buses rerouted

With shuttles picking up and dropping off on Montlake Boulevard and NE Pacific Street, riders of regular Metro routes serving the UW Link light rail station (31, 32, 44, 45, 48, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, 271 and 372) will be rerouted to 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Campus Parkway before and immediately after the game (see for more info).  Riders headed to or from Husky Stadium can walk or ride a free shuttle the rest of the way.

The UW Link shuttle operates about every 7½ minutes from a posted shuttle stop southbound on University Avenue Northeast just north of Northeast Pacific Street. It serves stops along Pacific before turning around at Montlake to provide westbound service back to the University District.

Seahawks vs. Eagles, 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Seahawks shuttles serve the Eastgate park-and-ride, Northgate Transit Center, and South Kirkland park-and-ride and travel nonstop to CenturyLink Field. Nearly all regularly scheduled Sunday transit service – including Sound Transit Link light rail and the First Hill Streetcar – that serves downtown Seattle also travels to or near CenturyLink Field and is a great way to get to Seahawks games and other stadium events. Sound Transit also operates Seahawks Sounder trains with stops in Auburn, Kent and Tukwila.

Metro’s park-and-ride shuttles leave parking areas two hours prior to kick off time and as they fill, with the last bus leaving about 30 minutes before kickoff. The park-and-ride shuttles do not operate for weekday games.  Fans who miss the shuttles can ride regularly scheduled service from the same locations to get to the game.

A cash-only, exact fare of $4 one way or $8 round trip per person is required on the shuttles. No ORCA cards, passes or transfers are accepted.  A valid regular fare is required on all other regularly scheduled Metro service. All pre-game shuttles arrive near CenturyLink Field on Fifth Avenue South at South Weller Street.

After the game, shuttle buses returning non-stop to Eastgate and South Kirkland leave from southbound on Fifth Avenue South at South Weller Street, and the Northgate shuttle leaves northbound on Fifth Avenue South from just north of South Weller Street. The last bus leaves 45 minutes after the end of the game.

For information about regular transit service to games, or to plan other trips, visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner. When planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any known revisions to your routes.

Plan for transit delays during Monday Night Football

The Seahawks play their first Monday Night Football game of the season next week on Nov. 7. That means buses and downtown streets are likely to be crowded as thousands of football fans converge on CenturyLink Field just as thousands of commuters are trying to get home from the office. seahawks_crowd

King County Metro urges riders to plan ahead. The Monday Night Football match-up starts at 5:30 p.m. Buses are likely to be delayed on surface streets and inside the Downtown Transit Tunnel.

Visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner to find out your options for riding transit to and from the game. When planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any known revisions to your routes.

Metro will assign extra staff in the Downtown Transit Tunnel to help customers board on crowded buses. If you use an ORCA card, be sure to have it ready for speedier boarding. Sound Transit plans to operate extra 3-car Link trains to help handle the large crowds expected after the game.

NO SEAHAWKS SHUTTLE: Park-and-ride shuttle buses that Metro normally operates before and after Sunday games will not be available for Monday Night Football. No other service changes are planned during Monday’s game. There are no special fares. All service requires a regular fare payment.

 

Farewell to Metro’s Breda trolleys

Metro said goodbye this week to one of our longest-running bus fleets. The Breda articulated trolleys served King County commuters for 26 years, and were the first buses to operate inside the Downtown Transit Tunnel when it opened in 1990.

“They have been true workhorses. When you count all 236 buses in the original fleet, they logged more than 100 million miles and they provided seats (and some standing room) for about a half- billion riders,” Metro General Manager Rob Gannon said.

Gannon, along with Senior Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett and Metro Atlantic Base Operations Chief Tim Mack, led a brief ceremony Thursday on Beacon Hill to celebrate the history of the Breda fleet. About 40 people, including transit enthusiasts and current and former Metro employees, turned out for a final ride on the bus’s high floors and a chance to hear the sounds of transit past — like an actual bell ringing at bus stops.

Operators Larry Kingsbury and Mike Freund took the last Breda bus for its final in-service trip along Route 36.

The Bredas played a big part in Seattle’s transit history. When the tunnel was built, Seattle’s light rail still was nearly two decades away. Metro needed a bus that could switch from diesel power on city streets to electric power inside the downtown tunnel to avoid harmful emissions. Metro selected Breda Costruzioni Ferroviare to specially build these dual-powered coaches, which were the first to operate as dual-power diesel/electric trolley buses in North America.

In 2005, after their service in the tunnel ended, Metro took out the diesel components and repurposed 59 of them into straight electric trolleys.

As a Metro Councilmember in the 1980s, Fred Jarrett voted to build the downtown transit tunnel and become the first agency to buy and operate dual-powered diesel/electric Breda trolleys in an underground tunnel. This week, as Senior Deputy County Executive, he joined in retiring the Breda buses at the end of their useful life.

“What I remember is the innovation. Nobody had been able to make a bus system work that was not fully electric, in a tunnel,” said Jarrett. “And Metro was willing to take the risk, and partner with the federal government, to demonstrate what we could do to bring transit into the late 20th Century and into the 21st Century.”

The Bredas had a reputation for being difficult to maintain. Parts were unique and had to come from Europe. But the Bredas outlasted the average diesel bus by 10 years, and the Bredas that were converted into trolleys averaged 656,000 miles over their lifespan.

“That our mechanics and operators kept them running is a testament to our staff,” Gannon said. “Some of us are sentimental about seeing them go. Others of us know it’s time to wave goodbye and move on to our next era of coaches – like the state-of-the-art trolleys you see running behind me — and the improvements they bring in service.”

Last fall Metro introduced its first new trolley fleet in 30 years. These are state-of-the-art trolleys, a mix of 40- and 60-foot-long New Flyer coaches, equipped with low floors for easy boarding, air conditioning and backup battery power for traveling off-wire. As of October 14, Metro has put 152 of 174 new trolleys into service.

Keeping our trolleys safe and reliable

By Grantley Martelly, Managing Director of Safety and Security

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Chris Parrott, Superintendent of Metro Transit Vehicle Maintenance

King County Metro operates the nation’s second-largest trolley fleet, and we are committed to preserving our long safety record, for our customers and our employees. Last year we introduced our first new trolley buses in 30 years.

It is not unusual for a new fleet to come with unexpected challenges. Metro has experienced two issues with the New Flyer trolley fleet. One is a mechanical problem that causes the trolley poles to disconnect unexpectedly, temporarily cutting off electric power to the bus. Secondly, there were two incidents in which mechanics received an electric shock while performing routine inspections beneath these coaches at the bus base.

At no time were passengers on these buses at risk. Metro has since taken steps to improve training and workplace safety for vehicle maintenance staff in response to these incidents.

As for the dewirements, we expect to retrofit the entire fleet with stronger springs in the next two months, along with a software update.

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Pictured: A Metro 40-foot New Flyer trolley bus.

Trolley poles dewiring

Customers on our trolley routes may have noticed the poles increasingly disconnecting from the overhead wire while the bus is in motion. While this happens occasionally every day with our older trolley buses, it became increasingly frequent for drivers on the newer trolleys a few months after they began service – sometimes as many as 20 times in one day. Routes 3, 7, and 70 have seen some of the most dewirements.

In spring 2016, Metro notified the manufacturer, New Flyer, and the trolley pole system manufacturer, Vossloh-Kiepe, asking them to identify solutions to the problem.

After testing the manufacturer’s solutions, we began implementing two fixes for these problems and we are already seeing improvements.

First, we addressed a software issue that made it more likely for poles to disconnect. Testing and observation revealed the system was programmed in a way that made it overly-sensitive, causing the poles to automatically retract unnecessarily if the bus traveled outside a certain range from the wires, or hit potholes or an uneven road surface. Under the warranty, the manufacturer provided us with a software update that is better calibrated to our environment, and we recently installed it. We are already seeing improvements.

Secondly, each trolley pole system is equipped with a set of four industrial strength springs, which hold the poles up against the overhead electric wires. Over time, we could see that the original springs on these new coaches were unable to maintain enough pressure to keep the poles in place on the wires, and the poles would intermittently disconnect. Under warranty, the manufacturer tested stronger springs, and they appeared perform satisfactorily during testing.

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Metro is installing new springs on our trolley pole systems to fix a problem with the poles dewiring.

Yesterday, Oct. 26, Metro received the first major shipment of new springs from the manufacturer, and our staff is working to install them. Depending on the pace of shipments from the manufacturer and continued good performance, we expect to retrofit our entire fleet by the end of the year.

Electrical shocks under the bus on two occasions

On May 9, a mechanic inspecting one of the trolley buses leaned against a metal rail while opening a valve underneath the bus, which subjected him to a charge of 300 volts, according to a preliminary report. The trolley’s power system was connected to overhead wires at the time. It is unclear how many amps – the rate of flow of the electric charge – to which he was exposed. The mechanic received medical attention prior to returning to work.

During our internal safety investigation, it was discovered the “hot coach detector” had been disconnected on this one bus at the time of this incident. Our trolleys are equipped with these detectors, which are designed to alert operators or maintenance staff if stray electric current is present anywhere on the bus. If a hot coach incident happens while the bus is in service, the detector automatically disconnects and retracts the power poles and shuts off power to the bus. Passengers were in no danger of coming in contact with stray electric current thanks to the design of these fiberglass-shell coaches, where all metal components inside the bus are isolated from metal where stray current could go. Other components outside the bus, like bike racks and ramp lifts, also are isolated from any possible stray electric current to protect the public.

After this incident, our fleet engineers immediately inspected Metro’s entire new trolley fleet and confirmed that hot coach detectors were functioning in all other buses. Metro worked with the manufacturer to install a software update across the entire new trolley fleet so that an additional warning is triggered if the hot coach detector becomes disabled.

On August 31, a second mechanic received an electric shock while inspecting a different bus from underneath. That mechanic also opened a valve and touched a steel beam when the shock – estimated at 25 volts – occurred. According to our preliminary investigation, the hot coach detector was working properly but the employee did not check it prior to performing maintenance.

Metro has since taken steps to improve training and workplace safety for vehicle maintenance staff in response to these incidents. You can find out more about that plan online. We are detailing these actions in a response to the state Department of Labor and Industries, which investigated one of the incidents and fined Metro $10,800 for two safety violations related to training and documentation. We report to L&I prior to a Nov. 1 deadline on how we have remedied the violations.

These were isolated incidents. Metro has no record of any passengers or customers ever being shocked while on a bus. No passengers reported being shocked before or after either of the hot coach incidents. None of our operators reported a problem with this bus. In addition, Metro operators are trained on safety procedures in the event of a hot coach incident while the bus is in service to ensure the public is never at risk.

As of October 14, Metro has put 152 of 174 new trolleys into service. These are state-of-the-art trolleys, a mix of 40- and 60-foot-long buses, equipped with low floors for easy boarding, air conditioning and backup battery power for traveling off-wire.

Metro has safely operated electric trolleys for a total of more than 40 years, and we are committed to keeping safe and reliable transit service as our top priority.

 

 

Oct. 30 is the last day for public feedback on Metro’s late-night bus service plan

There are only 12 more days for the public to weigh in on Metro’s proposal for expanding and improving late-night bus service in Seattle. The proposal would offer new transit options for those getting to or from jobs, the airport and nightlife between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Metro has about 40 routes with some level of late-night service througnight_owl_1hout King County.  Of these, 20 provide trips after 2 a.m., including three Night Owl routes that loop through some Seattle neighborhoods only between 2:15 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.  The Seattle Department of Transportation funds all service on Night Owl Routes 82, 83 and 84, and partners with Metro to fund additional night owl service on the C and D Lines.

The public is encouraged to review the proposal and offer comments via an online survey until Oct. 30. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Metro and SDOT staff are meeting with groups that represent workers and other riders who depend on the service and will ride buses late at night to talk to riders about the proposal and get feedback. Public comments will help shape a final proposal, which could go before the County Council later this year. If approved, it will take effect in September 2017.

Metro’s draft proposal would replace the three Night Owl routes with late-night service on regular, all-day routes that serve the same areas. The draft proposal also includes new after-hours bus service to Sea-Tac Airport for travelers and workers, for whom there currently are limited options after 1 a.m. It also includes hourly all-night service on the RapidRide C, D, and E Lines, which currently operate all night but with less than hourly frequencies.

While overnight ridership represents a small portion of Metro’s total ridership, it has increased by 20 percent in the last five years. Metro conducted a first round of public outreach last spring and developed the latest proposal after hearing from more than 2,600 transit users. Among their highest priorities were better transit options for:

  • Workers in jobs with non-traditional work shifts such as health care and many segments of the service industry.
  • Travelers and workers heading from downtown to Sea-Tac Airport after Link closes.
  • Customers enjoying Seattle’s nightlife, including music and arts venues.
  • Those who are experiencing homelessness.

The proposal would make several changes, including:

  • Replace current Night Owl routes 82, 83, and 84 with two late-night round trips – around 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. — to each of the following routes: 3, 5, 11, 70, 62 and 120.
  • Extend Route 124 all the way to Sea-Tac Airport after 1 a.m.
  • Improve late-night transfer connections between buses in downtown Seattle.

Current Night Owl routes do not match daytime routes, which some riders find confusing. To improve awareness of late-night bus service, Metro will work to improve customer information related to late night service options.

Univision honors Metro’s Penny Lara during Latinx Heritage Month

The people of King County are fortunate to have Penny Lara. A longtime advocate for equity, Lara is a transportation planner at King County Metro focused on improving access to transportation for communities with special needs.

Lara came from the Department of Public Health, Seattle-King County, where she played a key role in implementing ORCA LIFT –the reduced fare card for low-income riders —  and building upon her experience leading efforts to enroll King County’s Latinx community in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Lara’s energy, enthusiasm and efficacy has not gone unnoticed. This month, Univision recognized her as one of three community members who have done outstanding work to engage the Latinx community. She was featured in a video that aired during Latinx Heritage Month.

“Knowing that I’ve been an instrument in helping build healthy and connected communities for families such as my own is an honor,” Lara said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to work in many capacities for my community, both locally and across the border, and hope to continue to work with the amazing teams at King County to bring more resources to all of our families.”

Lara has 20-years of knowledge and experience working with diverse and immigrant populations on health, social justice and equity. Among her accomplishments:

  • She was first to implement the “Promotoras” (Community Health Worker) model for health education outreach in King County;
  • She was creator of the Washington chapter of One Billion Rising – a global movement to raise awareness about domestic violence.
  • Founding member and implementer of the innovative health program Ventanilla de Salud (Health Window) – a top performing program at Mexican Consulates in the U.S.
  • Served as a strategic advisor and cross-cultural liaison for Vicente Fox,  former president of Mexico, on the Advisory Council to the Institute of Mexicans Abroad.

Recognizing the “cultural, educational and political influences of Latinxs in the Northwest,” King County Executive Dow Constantine proclaimed Latinx Heritage Month in King County from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. King County is home to nearly 200,000 residents of Latinx ancestry.

As Penny Lara continues her work to build a more inclusive community, Metro is proud to have her on board.

UW-Stanford game: Plan for Friday delays, service revisions, and no Husky P&R shuttles

Commuters, take note: The Pac-12’s biggest game of the year Friday between the Huskies and Stanford is going to mean rush-hour delays and route revisions for some buses in the area  of Husky Stadium.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to converge on Husky Stadium to see the No. 10 Huskies take on the No. 7 Cardinal. Kickoff is at 6 p.m., and traffic is going to be a scrum for buses around the Montlake Triangle and the U-District.

Metro urges riders to prepare for delays and plan ahead: Several buses serving the UW light rail station will be rerouted before and after the game. Riders should check Metro’s service alerts for updated information and the times when reroutes are
scheduled to take effect. Some buses won’t be rerouted until the game is almost over, and some won’t be rerouted at all.

Below is a list and map of affected routes. Click on each number for specific information regarding that route:

When buses are rerouted out of the Husky Stadium area, riders headed to or from the stadium can walk or ride a free shuttle the rest of the way. The UW Link shuttle operates about every 7 1/2 minutes, starting from University Way Northeast just north of Northeast Pacific Street. It will serve stops along Pacific before turning around at 22nd Avenue East and Montlake to provide westbound service back to the University District.

Metro supervisors will be on-hand near the stadium to help people with directions.

No park-and-ride shuttles: Since the UW-Stanford game wi
ll not be on a weekend, Metro is not operating Husky Shuttle service from area park-and-rides, as has been provided in partnership with UW during Saturday games. Husky fans who normally ride Husky shuttle service should contact UW ohusky_stadium-1r visit UW’s website for information about transportation options.

Fans also are encouraged to ride Link light rail, which now runs from Angle Lake to the University of Washington.

For information about regular transit service to games, or to plan other trips, visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner. When planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any known revisions to your routes.

Ride to Seafair with Metro and Sound Transit

Need a ride this weekend to Seafair? With the Blue Angels, hydro races, and road closures coming to town, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit want riders and Seafair revelers to be preparedBlueangelsformationpd

Metro offers free shuttles for those traveling to Lake Washington to see the hydro races and Blue Angels air shows. And with new light rail stations on Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington, riders have more options than ever to leave their car behind and take the train to connect with free bus shuttles to see all the action.

Metro also will reroute several buses during temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge to accommodate the Blue Angels as they practice and perform their air show, starting Thursday, August 4, through Sunday, Aug. 7.  Shuttle buses, requiring payment of fare, will operate between North Mercer Island and the South Bellevue Park and Ride lot during the I-90 closures.

Hydro shuttles, August 5-7
Getting to the Albert Lee Cup hydro races can be a little easier with free Metro shuttles Friday through Sunday, from 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shuttles operate from the Columbia City Link light rail station (Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and South Edmunds Street) to Stan Sayres Pits near Genesee Park on Lake Washington, where fans can also view the Blue Angels air shows.

Near Columbia City Link Station, board a shuttle eastbound on South Angeline Street just west of 32nd Avenue South. Shuttles operate frequently and depart as the buses fill.

Leaving from Genesee Park to rethydro_shuttle1urn to Columbia City, riders can board shuttles northbound on 43rd Avenue South, just north of South Genesee Street.

Metro bus Route 50 is rerouted during this event.

I-90 bridge closure reroutes and shuttles
All I-90 bus service will be rerouted to State Route 520 during the I-90 bridge closures, which affect eastbound, westbound, mainline and express lanes.

During the I-90 closures on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Metro provides shuttle bus service between the park-and-ride lots at South Bellevue and Mercer Island. Regular fares are required on the I-90 shuttles, which operate about every 30 minutes.

Sound Transit Routes 550 and 554, which normally travel via I-90, will be rerouted to SR 520 and will not serve stops on I-90 at Rainier Avenue South and Mercer Island.

I-90 transit service will be rerouted during the following times:

  • Thursday, August 4, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 5, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 6, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30m.
  • Sunday, August 7, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Free rides for military personnel

Military personnel, either in uniform or carrying military ID, can ride free on all King County Metro and Sound Transit transit service during Fleet Week, from August 3-7.

Find more information

Details about reroutes and shuttle service are available in the Metro Online Alerts Center. Riders also can use the online Trip Planner for information about getting to and from specific locations, or call Metro’s Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Visit Sound Transit’s website for more information on Link light rail service. WSDOT has I-90 bridge closure information and the Seafair website has event information.

Metro: One community, 4,500 strong

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Vicki Leslie, a 35-year employee honored as Metro’s Operator of the Year.

By Rob Gannon, Metro Transit Interim General Manager

One of the best parts of my job is seeing and meeting Metro employees who go above and beyond to serve the people of King County.

Vicki Leslie is one of those people. With 35 years as a bus driver, Vicki was honored Thursday as Metro’s Operator of the Year.

Vicki has earned praised for how she connects with customers on her routes between Woodinville, Bothell and Kirkland – she knows the names of all her regular passengers, and always keeps her cool in stressful situations. Vicki also has made a big impression on her peers, which is why they chose her as this year’s recipient.

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Vicki Leslie (L) is recognized by her supervisors at Metro’s Bellevue base.

I had the chance to express my gratitude during Thursday’s surprise ceremony at Metro’s Bellevue base. Joining us were Vicki’s family, friends, coworkers, and supervisors, as well as Senior Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett and Director of Transportation Harold Taniguchi.

Longtime Metro veterans and newer employees also were in attendance. Some, like Janice Berlin, a 36-year veteran and chief in our Transit Control Center, were just days away from retirement. And others, like Adbi Elmi, a Bellevue base chief who brought his wife and children to Thursday’s event, are just a few years into their Metro career.

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Abdi Elmi, a Metro base chief in Bellevue, and his family. Pictured behind them is a circa-1980s era Metro bus on which many veteran operators began their career.

They all share a strong sense of commitment and dedication, which bonds us together. We are one community, 4,500 strong. We take pride in serving the riders who depend on our 2,700 operators every day to get to work or school safely
and efficiently. That’s why in this community, we hold high expectations for each other.

We also encourage and support each other. As Vicki’s nearly three decades of service demonstrate, Metro can offer a long and rewarding career. I invite anyone interested in a career as a Metro transit operator to learn more about becoming a part of our team.

In the meantime, thank you to Vicki and all of our Metro employees for their hard work and dedication. It means a lot to me and the people you serve.

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