King County Metro team honored
2013 Public Transportation Wall of Fame honorees from King County Metro replaced 20-year-old infrastructure with new systems that provide computer-aided dispatching, automated stop announcements and displays, integration with the ORCA smart card system, automatic passenger counting and real-time customer information. The transit radio system and on-board systems/communication center system team was nominated for their tenacity, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration. The team, not all of whom are pictured, included Antoinette Alfred, Ruben Arciaga, Randy Boshart, Dean Bryant, Ray De La Cruz, Bruce Dahl, Joe Dorage, Mark Foss, Kathryn Gish, Victoria Hughes, Ruth Kindhen, Harold Lemmon, Dennis Lock, David Magidman, Ron Moattar, Jon Moss, Keith Nelson, Darrel Riley, Dan Santon, Steven Stark, Polly Stewart, George Stites, Diane Suterland, Sheryl Wampler, Patricia Westover, Mark Wickline.
Jefferson Transit's Carol Headley honoredCarol has worked as a dial-a-ride operator and dispatcher for Jefferson Transit since 1988. Carol is a kind-hearted, caring person who has been there for her customers through thick and thin during her 25 years of public service.
Island Transit smells like team spiritIsland Transit's new facilities coordination team was dubbed that agency's 2013 Spirit Award Team. They also took an esteemed place on the 2013 Wall of Fame at the last Public Transportation Conference. Island Transit lovingly nominated the team's members as Robyn “Uniquely Otherworldly” Goldring, Jud “IT Wizard in the Clouds” Hobbs, Pete “Don’t ask him about getting locked in the Chicken Coop” Schrum and Gary “Master of Laughter and Awe” Manker for coordinating all aspects of Island Transit's “Barn” construction project. "It is beyond incredible that they have accomplished this so eloquently while keeping their sense of humor intact," the nomination letter states.
Pictured left to right: Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson; Island Transit team members Gary Manker, Pete Schrum, Robyn Goldring and Judd Hobbs; and WSDOT Public Transportation Director Brian Lagerberg