Public Transit News and Current Happenings

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niaxilin
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby niaxilin » June 28th, 2018, 9:34 am

Speaking of bus bulbs, when are they going to fix the Nightmare on S 12th St right outside the Convention Center? There is SO MUCH sidewalk to work with here. I hate that I'm constantly zooming by buses trying pull back into traffic :shock: or getting cut off while they try to get to the curb :o .
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby intercomnut » June 28th, 2018, 11:43 am

niaxilin wrote:
June 28th, 2018, 9:34 am
Speaking of bus bulbs, when are they going to fix the Nightmare on S 12th St right outside the Convention Center? There is SO MUCH sidewalk to work with here. I hate that I'm constantly zooming by buses trying pull back into traffic :shock: or getting cut off while they try to get to the curb :o .
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Sometime this year: http://minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/proje ... St-Bikeway

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » July 10th, 2018, 6:08 pm

There are going to be some changes to the State Fair service this year, mostly due to an operator shortage.

This piece from Citylab is a good read about the current state of affairs of the transit operator profession, as an aside:
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/ ... us/563555/

News of the service modifications come from a presentation for tomorrow's Metropolitan Council meeting:
https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetin ... ation.aspx

The reductions, namely, are:
  • 960 (Downtown Minneapolis - State Fair) service reduced to 30 minute frequencies (!)
  • Weekday express services starting at 9 am (instead of at 8 am)
  • Dunwoody express service starts at 12 noon
  • Oakdale service is weekend only
  • Newport service discontinued
Last year, 66 buses were used at AM peak and 80 at PM peak, so I wonder how well these (mostly AM) reductions will help with the bus operator shortage.

Last year's info: https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetin ... -Fair.aspx

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » July 18th, 2018, 12:13 pm

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/07/18/ ... ral-funds/

Looks like a federal slowdown of administering transit capital grants could slow down the Orange line, along with other national projects. This could also jeopardize the Blue and Green extensions that are assumed to get FTA funding.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby VacantLuxuries » July 18th, 2018, 12:21 pm

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. Yanking funding away from projects will put states like Minnesota in the position of having to abandon their projects or pony up the rest, a doubling of local costs that the GOP would use as an urban/rural wedge to victory.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Bakken2016 » July 18th, 2018, 12:58 pm

How are they even allowed to do that? When congress has approved the funding and it has been signed into law by Trump....

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby MNdible » July 18th, 2018, 1:10 pm

It's almost as if the current administration has no respect for the rule of law, historical precedence, or basic human decency.


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