Public Transit News and Current Happenings

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Tcmetro
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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » October 16th, 2018, 12:06 pm

Washington has significantly changed in the past 10-20 years, and is coming to the point where a crosstown line might be necessary.

Also, the 7 used to run on 5th and 6th. When LRT construction started, it was moved to 4th both ways. Now that the reverse lane on 4th will be gone, northbound trips will move to 3rd. It is only 1-2 blocks from Washington to where the 7 will be running.

Lastly, the 7 was dethroned from it's trunk route status when the light rail opened in 2004. The current route has marginal service and ample transfer opportunities and alternatives to reach more central areas of downtown.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mattaudio » October 16th, 2018, 12:47 pm

We really need more transit on Washington, too.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby jtoemke » October 17th, 2018, 9:54 am

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/201 ... essibility

nice article referencing the green line

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby hertzsoloing » October 18th, 2018, 11:12 am

Tcmetro wrote:
September 4th, 2012, 7:57 am
A general thread for public transit news and happenings in Minneapolis-St. Paul and greater MN.

First up - Schedule changes for Sept. 8th:

- Increased service on 2, 3, 16, 50, 111, 113, 114, 115, 118, 252, 272, and 579 for U of M. (Eff. 9.4.12)
- Increased service on 5, 6, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 32, 46, and 724 for MPS. (Eff. 8.27.12)
- Route 3 improved to every 15 minutes on Saturdays between Downtown Minneapolis and Como & Snelling.
- Route 32 improved to every 30 minutes during the daytime. New school branches operate from various North Side neighborhoods to Edison HS.
- Route 54 improved to every 20 minutes on Sundays.
- Route 515 improved to every 20 minutes on Weekday and Saturday evenings.
- MVTA 465 improved to every 15 minutes in rush hour, and every 30 minutes during midday. Burnsville-Apple Valley segment eliminated. (Eff. 9.4.12)
- MVTA 475 has more trips added, and is extended to Apple Valley. (Eff. 9.4.12)
- Maple Grove 788 rerouted to serve other neighborhoods of SW Maple Grove.

http://www.metrotransit.org/TransitArti ... cleid=1038

SW Transit also changes today (9.4.12). Most changes deal with the closure of the East Creek Station for construction of a ramp, but there are also changes to Route 684, including a new routing to job sites in Chanhassen and Chaska.

http://www.swtransit.org/SCHEDULE_CHANGES_9_4.html
Thanks for the link.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mamundsen » October 29th, 2018, 7:14 am

Tcmetro wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Seems like the Transportation Committee has pulled the December service change presentation from Monday's meeting agenda.

Interestingly, they are voting to proceed with an unsolicited proposal from Metropolitan Transportation Network, Inc (a school bus operator) to operate four Metro Transit routes for three years. The pulled powerpoint identifies the routes to be contracted as #16, #84, #118, and #762.

The route changes from the removed proposal include:

Frequency: 21 (daily), 46 (weekend), 134, 270, 768, 850, 854, 865
Span: 16, 70W (weekday), 67 (weekend), 71 (Sunday), 133, 135, 146, 156, 552, 553, 554, 578, 668, 755, 763
Frequency and Span: 25 (weekday), 67 (weekday), 761, 766
Eliminate: 20, 16 west of Fairview, 84 north of Midway Pkwy

Supposedly these changes will reduce peak requirements by 12 buses, but a lot of the off-peak proposals seem motivated by falling ridership.
I wonder when will the December updates be discussed. I checked the agendas for the meetings since and there is no mention of this update. I’d imagine they need to have it finalized soon.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » October 30th, 2018, 8:31 pm

Typically, service changes aren't brought before the council. I'm not sure why they decided to put these potential service changes before the Transportation Committee (as a non-action presentation item) and subsequently remove from agenda.

I believe the only changes that go before the committee and the council are major restructurings that trigger Title VI reviews.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mamundsen » October 31st, 2018, 6:11 am

Thanks TC

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby DanPatchToget » November 2nd, 2018, 4:05 pm

Well, Normandale College doesn't seem to care about transit users. I biked over to try out the Southwest Flex and was surprised to see the bus stop was moved to the west side of the campus after they rebuilt the front surface lot. No more being dropped off right at the entrance, and waiting inside the temperature controlled lobby waiting for your bus to arrive. But hey, they built a dinky bus shelter. One step forward, five steps back.

The Flex Route is okay, but it seems to be a carbon copy of the service it replaced. By that I mean it doesn't make any local stops between Normandale and Southwest Station unless someone requests it, and I don't know how you request a pickup if you're at for example one of the Normandale office towers. I was considering waiting at 98th Street across from Normandale Village for the bus because on the route map it shows it going on 98th to Normandale Blvd. Good thing I decided to bike to Normandale College instead because the driver took Collegeview Road and Poplar Bridge Road to get to Normandale Blvd instead. With only five passengers when I rode I'm curious how this route is doing.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Tcmetro » November 7th, 2018, 8:41 am

Metro Transit has posted the new schedules for Dec. 1, with pretty much everything discussed about before being included.

The previous question about the 263 and 270 shows that it is a light restructure. 263 will be extended to the 61/CR C park and ride and the 270 will no longer stop there (save for some early and late combo 270P trips that serve all three park and rides).

https://www.metrotransit.org/routes-wil ... e-on-dec-1

MVTA is also changing service Nov. 17. The big changes are:
- elimination of the 437, with modified route 445 service to cover
- reduction of 442 to bi-hourly on weekends which allows for new bi-hourly weekend service on the 420 to expand coverage to Rosemount
- reduce 442 peak service to 60 mins due to low ridership
- reduce 440 service due to low ridership
- restructure 490, 492, and 493 service in Shakopee

https://www.mvta.com/route-alerts/upcom ... vember-17/

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby mamundsen » November 7th, 2018, 12:50 pm

Thanks Tcmetro! Moving the 61/CR C P&R from the 270 to the 263 makes sense based on ridership. Glad to see it will slightly improve my timing and speed. I've been holding my breath hoping it was not a major restructure. My understanding is that the existing 270 frequency is temporarily propped up by a grant to improve the usage of the new-ish ramp at Maplewood Mall. Which seems to be working, every bus I ride (except holidays) is full to standing room only and I ride the full range of buses. The MM ramp is full too.

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby jebr » November 7th, 2018, 3:29 pm

The loop to the Lyngblomsten Senior Home on the 84 is interesting. Hopefully that can help ridership; it seems well suited for the local route to make that loop (and for the senior home to be on the local loop) if they have to cut it back to roughly there anyways. I'm not sure how much life is left for the 84, but if there's any left this would keep it alive. (If this doesn't work, I see the 87 taking the southern portion of the 84 route and the 84 otherwise just going away.)

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Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Postby Rube Dali » November 7th, 2018, 9:56 pm

jebr wrote:
November 7th, 2018, 3:29 pm
The loop to the Lyngblomsten Senior Home on the 84 is interesting. Hopefully that can help ridership; it seems well suited for the local route to make that loop (and for the senior home to be on the local loop) if they have to cut it back to roughly there anyways. I'm not sure how much life is left for the 84, but if there's any left this would keep it alive. (If this doesn't work, I see the 87 taking the southern portion of the 84 route and the 84 otherwise just going away.)
Google Maps has already added stops on Pascal and on Midway at Arona.
Buildings, what buildings?


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