In 1973, a 10-year-old in South Seattle started riding the bus alone at the encouragement of his mother. She told her son to sit at the front of the bus, and if he had any questions, to ask the driver. The young man did as his mother said, and it created a love of transit that inspired his future.

That 10-year-old, Terry White, would spend his entire career with King County Metro, retiring as Metro’s General Manager. As Metro begins to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, White spoke to KNKX Radio about becoming a bus rider and the evolution of the only employer he ever wanted to work for.

Thank you to KNKX and reporter Scott Greenstone for allowing us to share this story.