Leader Emilia Sykes

“My family has a deep connection to METRO. I’ve had family members who were [bus] operators and my grandmother was one of the originators of the SCAT programs. I know how important public transit is to get people where they need to go and to move our community, literally and figuratively.

“One Saturday I saw a woman who was stranded in the wheelchair off the roadway. It took nothing but a phone call to find a SCAT driver nearby who could pick her up and take her home. It really was God’s work.

“I often call my District the ‘Birthplace of Champions.’ You all know LeBron James, but people should know people at METRO are champions in our community.”