You're appeasing the Nasas?Nick wrote:I increasingly feel like Neville Chamberlain about this whole situation.
Without getting too technical, transit is already heavily subsidized and I'd be careful trying to align specific route prices with the actual cost of service. Which sounds counter intuitive but...it's too easy to bring that argument to other places.twincitizen wrote:And those Lakeville folks are still paying the same fare as someone riding from St. Louis Park or Richfield despite traveling MORE THAN DOUBLE the distance.
20.5 Miles to Kenrick Ave P&R in Lakeville from Marquette & 7th downtown.
Compare this to Mtka Blvd & Louisiana Ave (6.8mi) or Lyndale & 66th (7.3mi)
Fare zones for express routes needs to happen. Especially the single point of origin routes. If Northstar can have zoned fares, so can Express buses.
Express riders pay when they get on the bus inbound and pay when they get off outbound, so the fare system wouldn't be difficult to implement. The technology is already on the bus.
Alternatively, the Cleveland RTA system charges a higher fare if you commute from a Park & Ride. This would be a nice, equitable way of directly charging users for the enormous costs of those structures.
Due to increased parking demand from mall shoppers, the Rosedale Park & Ride lot will close permanently effective Nov. 23.
Plan now to park at either of these nearby Park & Ride lots:
I-35W & Co. Rd. C Park & Ride – east of Cleveland Ave., north of Co. Rd. C
This is your best option. There are hundreds of spaces, plus covered parking protects your
car from the elements (no scraping!). Most Route 260 express trips that normally serve Rosedale will serve the ramp – plus there’s lots of service on Route 264.
Grace Church Park & Ride – east of Hamline Ave. south of Co. Rd. B2
Current Route 260 trips to and from the Roseville Skating Center will instead offer direct morning service between Grace Church and downtown Minneapolis. Afternoon Route 260 trips from downtown Minneapolis to Grace Church will also serve I-35W & Co. Rd. C Park & Ride. Route 272 buses to the U of M will serve Grace Church rather than Rosedale.
Service changes are coming in December!
Watch for more details in the December Connect about new or expanded service from Roseville and Little Canada effective Dec. 8:
• Added Route 261 service will replace Route 260 service from Roseville Skating Center and Grace Church Park & Rides
• New Route 263 express service to downtown Minneapolis from the new Hwy. 36 & Rice Street Park & Ride (opening in December)
• Added Route 264 trips will replace Route 260 from Rosedale, I-35W & Co. Rd. C Park & Ride and downtown Minneapolis
• Route 272 service to Grace Church Park & Ride, instead of Rosedale
Details will be available in the December edition of Connect, available on buses starting Nov. 23.
- 2 more park and ridesTcmetro wrote:Here is a presentation for the transit capital program for the next 5 years, it basically explains where all the money is going.
http://councilmeetings.metc.state.mn.us ... -Final.pdf
- 329 replacement buses for Metro Transit
- Technology and signage improvements
- 6 more articulated buses
- 2 more park and rides
- New police facility
- Heywood II design
- 515 replacement buses for Metro Mobility
- 302 replacement buses for MTS/Suburban Transit Agencies
- 3 more STA park and rides
- SW LRT
- Fort Snelling park and ride
- Snelling BRT
Only in the USA can a suburb opt out of the regional transit system and then contract for transit services with the regional transit provider. Sounds real efficient. Way to go policymakers for prioritizing ideology over transit riders.mulad wrote:Huh. I guess I'd been beginning to think that "MTS" was shorthand for "Metro Transit <something>", but it's actually something distinct?
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