Public Transit News and Current Happenings

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby DanPatchToget » February 5th, 2018, 9:30 am

Will Metro Transit and the opt-out operators be posting ridership data from Super Bowl week? I'm interested in seeing ridership with the extra service.

Also how did the Super Bowl LRT operations go? Besides the protest and long line for security check it looked like it went well.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Bakken2016 » February 5th, 2018, 9:45 am

DanPatchToget wrote:
February 5th, 2018, 9:30 am
Will Metro Transit and the opt-out operators be posting ridership data from Super Bowl week? I'm interested in seeing ridership with the extra service.

Also how did the Super Bowl LRT operations go? Besides the protest and long line for security check it looked like it went well.
I am assuming we will be sometime next week. Yea I was at U.S. Bank Stadium helping with LRT Operations. Pregame went pretty smooth even though the protest because we had moved most of the Stadium Village customers to the game already. Blue line had some long lines at MOA, but people were happy to have an easy and quick service to the game. Post game we sent trains every 2 minutes out of US Bank, Blue on one side and Green on the other. Most people didn't have to wait in the cold for long, except for me, haha.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Silophant » February 5th, 2018, 10:21 am

I was impressed to see the tweet about regular train service being back before 10:30. Great job!

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby DanPatchToget » February 16th, 2018, 10:11 am

Anyone else go to the Carver County Transportation Summit? I only saw the last 20 minutes when they were talking about Southwest LRT, Southwest Transit, and how autonomous vehicles will change transportation.

Also got a pamphlet about the Southwest Corridor Transportation Coalition. Never heard of them, but it looks like their main goals are to widen Highways 5 and 212. Not sure how much that will improve safety and be an economic benefit for communities.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby grant1simons2 » February 17th, 2018, 2:19 pm

Uh 5 and 212 aren't even anywhere near capacity? So idk how that would help? Or what would be the purpose? Then again, what ever is when you widen a road.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Mikey » February 17th, 2018, 5:09 pm

I'd assume they want to fill in the missing 4-lane gaps on 212 between Carver and Norwood Young America. But Hwy 5??? Do they really think we'd need two major highways running through Carver County? (dumb question - yes they probably do)
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Multimodal » February 18th, 2018, 8:19 am

Why aren’t we replacing all requests for more lanes with light rail?

We have the right-of-way.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby DanPatchToget » February 18th, 2018, 10:24 am

If people are making the argument that transit shouldn't be expanded with autonomous cars coming, why are we widening roads? Gotta love the anti-transit double standard in this country.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » February 24th, 2018, 11:03 am

The Draft Work Plan for the Transportation Committee will be presented at Monday's meeting. This basically goes through all the presentations that will be made to the committee throughout the year. Of interest are:
  • I-94 and Manning Park and Ride
  • Rt 54 Maplewood Extension
  • 35W construction service plan
  • Electric buses
  • Hennepin (E Line) arterial BRT
  • Bus stop spacing
  • TSP update
  • Various updates pertaining to Green line, Blue line, Orange line, Rush line, rapid bus, etc.
https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetin ... bined.aspx

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Very minor route changes coming March 17. Looks like 1 new trip added to the 19, 54, and 250. 1 trip eliminated from the 18. Minor time changes on other routes.

https://www.metrotransit.org/these-rout ... n-march-17

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Vagueperson » February 26th, 2018, 1:29 pm

Route 54 Extension details, documents are dated from September 2015.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-gwod ... sp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-gwod ... sp=sharing

East Side frequency is better than the 61 but for some reason I thought it would be better than 30 minutes in non-rush hour.
I am also surprised to see it's not stopping at Maryland Avenue. Geranium is two blocks away.

It is describe as a "limited stop demonstration service" and is supposed to start on June 9. My understanding is this would require the reconstruction of the curb at the southeast corner of Maryland and Arcade St, which was delayed because of the Maryland Avenue 4-3 conversion test.

I haven't heard anything on where that test stands.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tyler » February 28th, 2018, 4:03 pm

Do these guys have a reason to be idling while waiting to start their route? The first one has been idling for over 20 minutes when I took this photo. It's a beautiful day today so nothing about staying comfortable. This is at 2nd st s and 3rd ave s and is a regular occurrence.
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby HiawathaGuy » February 28th, 2018, 4:05 pm

I'd send a message to MetroTransit and also hit them on Twitter with this photo!

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » March 3rd, 2018, 9:02 am

Here's MT's webpage about 35W and Lake St: https://www.metrotransit.org/35w

- Detours to start in June
- Added service to all 35W routes
- Lake St stops (on 1st and Blaisdell) will only be served by the 535 and the reverse-commute trips of the 578 and 597.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Bakken2016 » March 5th, 2018, 4:44 pm

http://m.startribune.com/met-council-ma ... d=74844617

I do not like the idea of Uber or Lyft taking over Paratransit like Metro Mobility at all!


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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Silophant » March 5th, 2018, 9:40 pm

Me either. I'd much prefer they take a leaf out of Kansas City's book:
The transit agency in Kansas City introduced a ride-share pilot program on May 1 called RideKC Freedom, which features a smartphone app to book taxi rides in the downtown area. While the partnership with a local company was created (and partly subsidized) for people with disabilities and the elderly, the service is also available to anyone in need of a cab. (They pay full fare and aren't subjected to surge pricing.)

"A percentage of that money helps defray the cost of our paratransit [service]," Makinen said. "So when you book a ride, you're paying it forward and helping your folks in your community with a disability. Which is pretty cool."
I'd be all over something like that for the rare times I use a Lyft.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby xandrex » March 6th, 2018, 11:03 am

I wonder if they'll eliminate parking or the outer lane for this. Seems like a great idea, but I can already hear the howling.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Bob Stinson's Ghost » March 6th, 2018, 11:13 am

Do we really have to monkey around with this bus nonsense? There's supposed to be a trolley/tram there.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby grant1simons2 » March 6th, 2018, 11:41 am

Yes, we do need to monkey around with buses. They're vital means of transportation especially when given dedicated lanes.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mplsjaromir » March 6th, 2018, 11:46 am

Buses can handle whatever volume of transit riders the corridor can produce. Prioritizing surface area to transit is the most effective use of resources to improve commuting for the area.


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