Think Transit – GoRaleigh Spotlight

As a part of Think Transit, we’re excited to take some time to draw attention to the incredible operators and riders who make our work so special. Today’s spotlights are from GoRaleigh.

 

GoRaleigh Employee Spotlight

Marie Parker

 

Marie Parker - Think Transit Employee SpotlightWhere do you start?? Marie has been with GoRaleigh for almost 14 years and has now risen to Assistant General Manager/Director of Operations.

From Kathy Molin – TDM Coordinator, City of Raleigh – Three words I’d use to describe Marie – passionate, caring, and respectful. Marie loves what she does and it shows. Even on a crazy, busy day, she will make time for you. She is a great person, and a true friend.

From Tierany Griffin-Purdie – Operations Support Specialist, GORaleigh – The thing about Marie that makes her so special is her passion for people and transit. She displays a genuine respect and care for everyone she comes in contact with and you can tell she truly loves what she does. She is one of the most optimistic, positive people I have ever met. If you ask her how she is, she always answers ‘I’m Fantabulous!’

Marie has been a great asset to the operations team; providing a structural, yet transparent, management style; allowing operators and staff to build trust and approach issues with a team effort.


 Rider Spotlight

 James Wise

James Wise - Think Transit Rider SpotlightOne of the things that you will notice about James Wise is his passion for transit.

James is not only well known around GoRaleigh and helping folks at Moore Square Station or on the bus, James makes paper replicas of transit buses. When James found out that I was from the Toronto area, he made me four paper replicas of the Toronto Transit Commission buses, which sit on my desk.

It doesn’t matter which transit agency in the Triangle you visit, you will more than likely see one of James’ paper buses. From what I understand, James gets calls from all over to make buses for other agencies. With our recent rebranding in the Triangle, James quickly went to work and made buses for GoRaleigh with our new brand.

One of my coworkers, David Walker, wrote this about James.

“James Wise has been actively involved in the City of Raleigh’s transit system as long as I can remember and I started working with GoRaleigh in 2001. He has always been available to help citizens by answering their questions at Moore Square. When we started the Ambassador program in 2013 James was one of the first to sign up and we knew he would be great for this Volunteer position. We regularly get compliments about his assistance with riders such as “he will walk up and down the aisle asking if anyone needs help and handing out schedules” if needed. James is a real asset to GoRaleigh’s transit system!”

James is a true transit buff, and it shows in all he does in and around the Triangle.

 

 

 

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