Nadine Babu, 34, of St. Louis Park won a card for a year of free bus rides when her essay won a contest Metro Transit put on to celebrate it's 3 billion ridership reached this week.
Babu, who has been taking Metro Transit buses since 1996, told Star Tribune she loves the camaraderie she encounters on the bus as well as not having to pay for parking.
A story about Babu's Green Bay Packers jersey being worn on a bus full of purple on a Vikings-Bears game day charmed the judges, a group of transit employees, of the contest, according to HometownSource
Babu was named Woman of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and had her face on advertisements for the society placed on the sides of Metro Transit buses.
It was a funny coincidence that she won the 3 billionth passenger contest as well.
Metro Transit broke the 1 billion ridership mark in 1984, and the 2 billion mark in 1999.