Below are parts of and article published by the Portland Mercury with a link at the bottom for the full version.
For the last couple years, Gerry Mohr worked a graveyard shift cleaning TriMet’s MAX trains and buses after they were done running for the day. That changed this week, when Mohr started a new position: cleaning MAX trains throughout the day while they’re still in service.
Wearing a face mask and gloves, Mohr boards the trains running between the Goose Hollow and Rose Quarter MAX stops, and cleans seats, poles, and other frequently-touched areas while people are commuting. His job is part of TriMet’s recently ramped-up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Mohr said that for TriMet employees who start out on the cleaning crew, the chance to join the apprenticeship program “is the thing that makes it a career, and not just a job.”
TriMet has instead began to fill skilled positions with outside hires in recent years, and is planning to cut the apprenticeships altogether by next year. The maintenance worker the Mercury spoke with finds irony in the fact that TriMet employees who benefit from that at-risk program are now doing the vital—and potentially lifesaving—work of disinfecting buses and MAX trains.
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