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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby Tcmetro » February 22nd, 2020, 2:46 pm

Looks like the expansion is complete at Apple Valley Transit Station. The project added 350 more parking spaces to the existing 768-space ramp.

https://www.mvta.com/news/all-levels-no ... tion-ramp/

I suppose the worst element of this project is that there are about that many spaces at the old park and ride across the street. They also used a vacant lot nearby as spare capacity during the project. I hope that these parcels can at least be sold off and developed into housing.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby alexschief » March 11th, 2020, 9:39 am

Metro Transit released their 2019 ridership numbers. As expected, the overall number is down. As you can see on the month-by-month graph below, winter weather has a lot to do with it. January was especially rough, as major storms and cold led to a number of school cancellations and canceled trips. That's one reason why I would've expected a rebound in ridership this year, but concerns about the novel coronavirus might spoil that by keeping people off transit for an extended period, so we'll have to see.

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Aside from the weather, the ridership trends mirror what we've seen for the past couple of years. Local bus ridership has continued to fall, as VC-subsidized ride sharing and cheap gas continue to out-compete it. However, the agency's investments in new and improved service pay off immediately and show year-over-year growth. The Green Line increased ridership by 3%, the Blue Line held steady, and the A and C Lines improved as well.

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Looking ahead to 2020, it seems likely we'll see another decline, without new service being added. The novel coronavirus and an oil price war may also help depress ridership. On the flip side, any kind of crisis in auto loan defaults, a recession, or a meltdown in any of the big TNC companies could bring it back up. These seem like pretty uncertain times. There are no new METRO services scheduled to open in 2020, but the Orange Line will open in 2021, and the D, B, and E rapid bus lines and Southwest LRT should follow in the three years after that. There's hope that this ridership slide may turn around with all of this improved service coming on line.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby DanPatchToget » March 11th, 2020, 11:26 am

I prefer our transit ridership increased from improved service instead of a recession or any kind of meltdown.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby alexschief » March 11th, 2020, 12:21 pm

DanPatchToget wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 11:26 am
I prefer our transit ridership increased from improved service instead of a recession or any kind of meltdown.
Well, it would probably be a good thing if Uber and Lyft ran out of money to stop subsidizing a big VMT explosion, but obviously a sustained downturn in the economy or a crisis of auto loans would not be good.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby LakeCharles » March 13th, 2020, 10:06 am

NYTimes wrote about the national decline in bus ridership:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... iders.html

Analysis shows the decline is largely coming from upper middle class whites. Ride shares seem to be the largest factor, though bike shares and bike riding in general are as well. The analysis suggests that as gentrification continues, bus ridership will continue to decline, and that as poorer residents move to the suburbs, bus infrastructure will be unable to follow them.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby talindsay » March 13th, 2020, 3:03 pm

We'll see how that holds up when the rideshare companies have to stop bleeding money.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby Anondson » March 13th, 2020, 3:13 pm

I have read accounts of ride booking drivers truly suffering a collapse in income with the work from home waves happening. I wonder how Covid-19 shakes the companies by the end of this.

Don’t see them worthy of a bailout but I expect they’ll try.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby Tcmetro » March 16th, 2020, 8:20 pm

That is quite unfortunate. I am aware of some service cuts at GO Transit in Toronto and at WMATA in Washington. Both seem like they were preserving span and cutting back on frequency.

MT has some more details:

https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-tran ... ht-service
https://www.metrotransit.org/metro-tran ... oronavirus

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby Tcmetro » March 31st, 2020, 7:42 am

MVTA is closing the Red Line stops at 140th and 147th. They are also closing the indoor areas of Apple Valley, Burnsville, and Cedar Grove Transit Stations. Marshall Road Transit Station closed last week.

https://www.mvta.com/route-alerts/publi ... -stations/

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby Silophant » March 31st, 2020, 9:06 am

Ah, yes, a light rail on rubber tires.

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Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Postby Tcmetro » April 2nd, 2020, 6:50 pm

Further service reductions on SW Transit starting Mon 4/6/20; going to a 30 minute peak schedule with a more limited span of service:
https://swtransit.org/route-alerts/redu ... -4-6-2020/

SW Prime service going to essential rides only (work, groceries) on Fri 4/3/20; fares will be free.
https://swtransit.org/sw-prime/

MVTA has shut all remaining facilities. To my knowledge this means the indoor areas of the Eagan Transit Station, Rosemount Park & Ride, 157th St Station, and Heart of the City Park & Ride.
https://www.mvta.com/route-alerts/trans ... er-notice/


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