by: PHOTO COURTESY: TRIMET - Ivan Semenyuk, from Happy Valley, is now a two-time winner of the Rail Operator of the Year award.Ivan Semenyuk of Happy Valley became a two-time winner of TriMet’s Rail Operator of the Year this month.

Semenyuk, who started his career at TriMet in 1996, won the award for the first time in 2008 and then again this year. He has accrued 26 years of Safe Driving Awards and 18 Superior Performance Awards.

Semenyuk operates the Blue, Green and Yellow Lines out of TriMet’s Ruby facility. He has received many commendations, including, “I received a bag turned into lost and found for a customer, who did not speak English. This operator talked to them on the phone and translated for me, and helped get the bag to them, as they were elderly.”

“A strong representative for light rail and the agency,” Semenyuk was credited with furthering TriMet’s values of doing the right thing, by being responsive, inclusive and accountable.

Each year TriMet honors a bus, rail and mini-run operator who exemplifies superior performance in safety, customer service and attendance. On May 9, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane unveiled the results of the 2013 Operator of the Year election. The winners were chosen by their peers and honored at an employee ceremony.

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