Life of an essential worker: Bus drivers

A woman sits at the driver seat of a bus.
Metro Transit bus driver Kari Sachs in her bus during a break from her route in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
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Nearly 100 U.S. transit workers have died from the coronavirus, according to an investigation by the Guardian US

And that number could increase. 

Metro Transit drivers are spending hours in a confined space with strangers. And up until Monday, riders did not have to wear a face covering. Now, all riders must wear a mask.

As part of our Life of an Essential Worker series, MPR News host Angela Davis chats with Metro Transit bus driver Kari Sachs about what it’s like to work during the pandemic and how she worries for her colleagues.

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Kari Sachs is a Metro Transit bus driver and a member of the transit workers union, ATU Local 1005. She has been driving for more than 15 years.

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