Metro Transit reached its three billionth customer recently, and has honored that customer in a ceremony at the Uptown Transit Center in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reported.
Nadine Babu, a light rail and bus rider, received a card that will give her free bus rides for a year. Babu has been riding Metro Transit buses for over 15 year.
Metro Transit invited customers to submit entries in an essay contest judged by a team of transit agency employees.
"I ride the bus for so many reasons - it's safe, reliable, inexpensive, convenient, and you can text, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and ride without any consequences...You have a customer for life in me!" Babu writer in her essay.
Customers boarded buses and trains 81 million times last year, according to KMSP Fox.
An average of 260,000 people board Metro Transit buses and trains ever day.