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Seattle Streetcar

Welcome to the Seattle Streetcar Employee page!

Learn more about what is happening at streetcar!

  • Meet our new staff

  • Find out what we're working on

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  • Stay Informed

THE

TEAM

 The Seattle Streetcar team is composed of a group of talented and dedicated people who work tirelessly each day to ensure the public receives safe and timely service. They strive to maintain a workforce of individuals who understand their importance to the organization, and how they all play an integral role in fulfilling the mission of King County Metro of building and maintaining a system of mobility for our entire community. 

Employee Highlights!

MEET ALEXANDER WATSON

 

STREETCAR OPERATOR

Alexander Watson began his career at King County October 22, 1999. He later joined Seattle Streetcar May 5, 2016. "Being a Streetcar Operator is very rewarding," says Alex. "The most rewarding part is being out in the public and providing a service for the people." Additionally, being a Streetcar Operator is a very good job. This a job for anyone seeking a change in their transit career to the railways. 

 

After a long day at work operating the streetcar, I find being a pet owner helps keep me grounded. Finding and maintaining that balance in life helps me to be my best in operating the streetcar on a daily schedule in my career.

MEET DEBORAH WATERS

STREETCAR SERVICE WORKER

Deborah Waters began her career at King County in May 2007 driving for Metro as a Part Time Operator. She drove for one year before transferring to Vehicle Maintenance as an Equipment Service Worker. She found this to be an interesting position, which involved cleaning and fueling the buses. She joined Link Light Rail on May 26, 2009 as a Rail Service Worker, this time servicing Light Rail Vehicles. "I learned to operate trains-how fun is that?" Deb was at Link for almost eight years and continued to have her eye on Seattle Streetcar. She waited patiently for a position to open then was hired December 5, 2016. "I work with a wonderful group of transit like-minded people, its smaller than bus or rail, it’s also close knit and you get to know each other well," says Deb. Deb details the streetcars at both South Lake Union (SLU) and First Hill Streetcar (FHS), so she "is never without a change of pace." Deb says that she has "appreciated [her] career at King County and [has] learned many lessons and met many talented people along the way. Transit is a great career, I would highly recommend it."

On the Move at Streetcar

Meet Robert Ibsen

First Hill Streetcar Electro-Mechanic

Robert has lived in Shoreline all of his life. He has always been interested in how things work and how to fix anything broken. He enjoys plumbing, electrical and automotive work, and construction. He was an automotive technician for two Volkswagen dealers locally before working for streetcar in 2016.  He has a son and chocolate lab that keeps him busy. Helping keep the streetcars running and clean as best as he can keeps his curiosity indulged. Robert enjoys meeting all of the operators and helping them minimize the stress of their job. 

Ted Edmondson

RECENT TRANSFER FROM BUS

Metro Start Date: June 7, 2010

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

SHOWROOMS

RECENT TRANSFER FROM BUS

Metro Start Date: June 7, 2010

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

Tyrone

RECENT TRANSFER FROM BUS

Metro Start Date: June 7, 2010

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

Derrick Bird

ACTING STREETCAR OPERATIONS CHIEF

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Metro Start Date: June 7, 2010

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

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RECENTLY PROMOTED TO STREETCAR SUPERVISOR IN TRAINING(SSIT)

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MEET ROBERT BELCASTRO

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Robert Belcastro grew up and met his wife in Las Vegas, NV. He first came to Washington state when he joined the Navy. He worked there for 2 years, then transferred to a Naval Base in Atsugi, Japan. He and his wife later decided to return to Washington for a change in environment. To learn more about his family’s ancestry, Robert has been conducting research and will soon travel to Sorrento and Calabria, Italy to visit with his relatives. In his spare time, Robert enjoys hiking, photography and bird-watching.

New Streetcar

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Mechanic

RECENT TRANSFER FROM BUS

Rudolfo Fierro Gonzalez, Streetcar Operator

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Metro Start Date: March 2, 2018

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

RECENT TRANSFER FROM BUS

Kevin Rutledge, Streetcar Operator

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Metro Start Date: January 12, 2009

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

RECENT TRANSFER FROM BUS

Jaspal Parhar, Streetcar Operator

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Metro Start Date: June 7, 2010

Streetcar Start Date: August 11, 2018

SPECIAL DUTY ASSIGNMENT

Hollie Alejandria, Acting Streetcar Superintendent

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Metro Start Date: December 10, 2007

Streetcar Start Date: August 3, 2018

Jeff Griffith

Recently Promoted to Streetcar O&M Supervisor

"It was fun coming to work everyday training to become one of the original streetcar operators!"

"My favorite thing about working at Streetcar as an operator was being at the controls and having a sort of office on wheels."

ABOUT
Jeff

Jeff was hired January 3, 2006 as a Part time Transit Operator. He went Full Time June 2, 2007 and joined Streetcar when it first opened October 10, 2007 as a Streetcar Operator. Jeff says his "experience has been awesome" at Streetcar. His most memorable times at Streetcar were during the start-up phases. 

 

Prior to joining streetcar, Jeff and his wife owned one of the first juice bars in Hawaii and built the franchise up to three stores. 

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What We Are Working On...

In response to employee survey results and items identified by streetcar staff, the following objectives have been created, and are being collectively worked on to enhance the overall work environment and experience of streetcar employees.

TRAINING

Develop ongoing training programs for all Streetcar Classifications

CULTURE

Revive the culture of trust, respect, and pride at Streetcar

RELATIONSHIPS

Continue to build and cultivate relationships with labor unions and outside agencies

TOOLS 

Effectively provide staff with tools and resources 

COMMUNICATION

Develop new lines of communications at Streetcar

MORALE

Enhance employee morale

Welcome Back Craig!

Craig has returned to streetcar following his successful recovery. If you see Craig be sure to welcome him back!