On Thursday, King County Metro operator Samina Hameed passed away after contracting COVID-19. She had driven for Metro since 2017. Her husband is also a Metro operator.
Hameed is the first Metro employee to succumb to the virus.
STB wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family.
She joins Scott Ryan, a Community Transit operator, and Esther Bryant-Kyles, a Washington State Ferries employee, among the transit workers claimed by the virus.
An open letter from concerned Metro operators was sent to the King County Council on April 7, nine days before Hameed’s passing. Metro responded to the letter on April 8.