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On The Job: Light Rail Train Operator

(Photo by Tiara Vian- KJZZ)
Sami Haddad, train operator for Valley Metro.

 It’s Monday, so let’s celebrate the working life. We’re looking at the people who do the jobs that you sometimes don’t see or don’t think about. 

Maybe you need to get to the Diamondbacks game or you’re meeting a friend for lunch downtown. Many people in the city use the light rail to get around. On average, there are 17 trains with two cars each operating on the line, and they travel about 35 miles per hour.

We step into a day on the job operating a light rail train with Sami Haddad operating a train through the Valley.

Tiara Vian is the All Things Considered host and a producer for the KJZZ news team. In addition to hosting the afternoon flagship program, she produces and voices station promotional pieces.