A Bus Stop Disappointment Story: Excelsior Boulevard and Meadowbrook Road

Have you ever passed a bus stop and thought, “Damn, I feel so bad for anyone who has to catch their bus at that stop“? Even if you never ride the bus I’m certain everyone has seen at least one bus stop where they have had this thought. I’m deeply familiar with Saint Louis Park […]

Tescil working on a survey with Deveon Thao

Rider Requests for Better Bus Stops

At streets.mn, our writers notice bus stops, and we aren’t shy to share our own opinions. On the other hand, we don’t seem to go out and ask other people riding the bus for theirs. Luckily, Metro Transit has found some community engagement funding to hire local community members to do “Better Bus Stops” outreach […]

Better Bus Stops

Bus stops are making the big time. Metro transit is launching an Enhanced Transit Information Signage Survey (The ETISS). All are encouraged to participate. Metro Transit wants to enhance information at bus stops. Please answer a few quick questions to help us identify new improvements. Also, Eric Roper has a nice article in today’s Strib: Building a Better […]

Podcast #76 – Bus Stop Spacing with Alex Cecchini

The podcast this week is a conversation with Alex Cecchini, an engineer and regular contributor to streets.mn. Alex recently wrote a well-researched post entitled The Case for Quarter Mile Bus Stop Spacing, all about transit design and the tradeoff between frequent stops and bus speeds. We sat down at the Amsterdam Bar in downtown Saint […]

The Case For Quarter Mile Bus Stop Spacing

You know the feeling. You hop on local route XYZ, hoping for a somewhat speedy journey to work, home, or play. Maybe today the bus will hit the jackpot. Then the familiar sound comes once every block, a soothing voice speaks the words “Stop Requested.” Sometimes it happens the instant the bus is pulling away […]

Bus Stops May Be Greatest Hindrance to Winter Bus Riding

This February saw record-breaking snowfall in the Twin Cities area. As any Minneapolis resident could see — whether traveling by car, foot, bus or bike — our city’s infrastructure was not up to the challenge. That went double for the Metro Transit system, which needs all the support it can get these days. As a longtime reader […]

Metro Transit Rolls Out Vastly Improved Bus Stop Signs

Not too long after finding the “on” switch to the Nextrip signs at light rail stations, Metro Transit has begun a pilot program rolling out much improved bus stop signage in the Twin Cities. The pilot, funded by grant money leftover from the expansion of a Brooklyn Park park-and-ride, involves stops in North Minneapolis and […]

Towards a First-Class Bus System

It is time to rail about the sorry state of bus stop signs in the Twin Cities again. I have talked a lot on my blog about bus stop signs, and we have talked about this on Streets.MN. My own prior posts are below: On “A Streetcar Named Development”, Streetcars, Buses, and Signs Was probably […]

How Accessible Are Twin Cities Bus Stops?

You would be hard pressed to find a Twin Cities intersection that doesn’t have ADA-mandated curb cuts. In contrast, almost half of the metro area bus stops are not accessible. Furthermore, there is no count of how many actually meet ADA requirements. This is a major hole in the accessibility network. It also has a […]

Friday Photo – Winter Bus Stops

This bus stop with over a foot of snow – now packed down, frozen and probably pretty slick – is seen here just outside of the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Now, with the recent streak of sub-zero temperatures in the Twin Cities and across the Midwest snow removal has been nearly impossible, however, this […]