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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby David Greene » August 31st, 2015, 10:27 pm

The state fair either brings out the worst in bus riders, or brings a lot of people to buses that don't normally take transit. I suspect it's the latter.

Wait for the person in the wheelchair to get on FIRST, people! Sheesh, that's just common decency. I mean, people just walked right by the guy sitting next to the door as if he didn't even exist.

Then when we stopped to let him get on, of course people funnel over to the rear door, grabbing every seat on the bus before we could get on. We had been one of the first 15 people in line.

So my family and our four guests from Michigan (including two young children) didn't have a seat. A couple riders gave up their seats for the two children but NO ONE offered a seat for my wife who was carrying our 30 lb. son.

God, sometimes I get so mad at people who don't understand transit and lack simple courtesy. My wife helped me hold my tongue. I did so out of respect for our guests.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby intercomnut » August 31st, 2015, 11:10 pm

Fun fact, up until at least 2002, MT's guide for persons with disabilities told them they should wait for everyone else to get on the bus before they should board.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mattaudio » September 1st, 2015, 7:46 am

I love it when David Greene posts the exact same text on Facebook and UrbanMSP. #Pro

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Re: Public Transit News and Happenings

Postby FISHMANPET » September 1st, 2015, 11:26 am

intercomnut wrote:Starting August 31, the Campus Shuttles will be restructured. A full explanation of the new routes can be found here:
http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/index.html
Since this started yesterday, there are maps online. This is a full system map:
http://www1.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/MplsMap.pdf
It's missing a stop between Ridder and Marruici on 4th street, that is shown in the East Bank specific maps. It also sounds like this error made it into all the printed maps before they caught it and fixed it.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby David Greene » September 1st, 2015, 12:50 pm

mattaudio wrote:I love it when David Greene posts the exact same text on Facebook and UrbanMSP. #Pro
So what? I posted to facebook because people who don't read here might be interested. I posted here because folks here might have a special interest in it.

It's no worse than people who cross-post to facebook and twitter.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mattaudio » September 1st, 2015, 1:42 pm

Dude, I was actually respecting that efficiency, not shooting it down.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby LakeCharles » September 1st, 2015, 1:44 pm

mattaudio wrote:Dude, I was actually respecting that efficiency, not shooting it down.
To be honest, I had no idea whether you were making fun of him or not.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Nick » September 1st, 2015, 3:09 pm

hashtags don't work on the forum

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby David Greene » September 1st, 2015, 8:16 pm

mattaudio wrote:Dude, I was actually respecting that efficiency, not shooting it down.
Thanks for clarifying. That *really* didn't come through in your post.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby intercomnut » September 5th, 2015, 8:18 pm

Contracts for Metro Transit drivers expired on July 31st. According to the ATU, there's been no progress since then, so the negotiations will go into mediation this month.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby intercomnut » September 5th, 2015, 10:07 pm

Also, SouthWest Transit is making some major changes to their service.

Apparently, they'll be adding some trips to serve overnight shifts on reverse commute trip 684 for the first time.

The change that stood out to me was extending all Downtown Minneapolis trips from the north end of the Marq2 corridor down Washington Avenue N. Apparently there's this "north loop" area thats kind of taking off or something, so they want to serve that area.

http://swtransit.org/wp-content/uploads ... Packet.pdf

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Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby HuskyGrad » September 15th, 2015, 7:23 pm

Haven't seen anything about this. It's been at Target Field for a few months now. Image

Also this. https://twitter.com/deliriousguy/status ... 7887688705


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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mulad » September 15th, 2015, 8:16 pm

I saw Drew Kerr post a shot of it via his personal Twitter account several weeks ago. I sent a reply asking if they will be deployed elsewhere, but didn't see a response.

I'm betting that it's an experimental installation to see how well HDTV displays can hold up in winter, especially compared to the LED matrix displays elsewhere. On paper, LEDs should hold up best in our climate, but I've seen many instances where they get damaged and lose elements over the course of a winter or two. MPR's "zipper" is starting to look ragged again after being repaired about two years ago.

LCDs can stop working as you get down around freezing, and apparently get damaged as temperatures dip below zero F, but a TV in an enclosure might generate and maintain enough heat to counteract that problem.

Or maybe I'm overthinking it.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby FISHMANPET » September 15th, 2015, 8:28 pm

They display ads between NexTrip information, so I'm guessing that's the impetus behind it.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby intercomnut » September 15th, 2015, 8:36 pm

Yeah, I remember in some meeting notes somewhere they were going to install these in light rail stations and possibly bus stops. And I also heard that they're going to install information kiosks ON the light rail trains.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby MNdible » September 16th, 2015, 9:24 am

It's like we're living in the future.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby talindsay » September 24th, 2015, 4:29 pm

I don't think it's been posted here yet that Thursday, September 3, ridership on the two light rail lines combined for 109,900 rides: http://www.startribune.com/light-rail-r ... 329079861/

That's an astounding number. It was a day with lots of special events, sure, but still - it's impressive that MT was able to handle that kind of volume without major system problems. Consider that the ridership was probably clustered into the normal rush hours, with the evening rush extending until event times and a third rush after the events were over. It's reasonable to assume that the 4-7 pm time period saw massive loads going both ways on both lines, especially the Green.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby grant1simons2 » September 28th, 2015, 9:06 pm

http://www.metrocouncil.org/Council-Mee ... pdate.aspx

aBRT update. D line corridor planning and community outreach to start next year, and C Line draft station planning will be released in October.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby EOst » September 29th, 2015, 8:29 am

Interesting note on the C Line:
• Identify long-term (Phase II) east-west alignment and station locations (Olson Highway or Glenwood Avenue)
Maybe someone's listening to David Greene out there.


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