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Auditing the High-Frequency Lines: Are They Truly High Frequency?

Metro Transit has 14 lines that they advertise as high-frequency. According to Metro Transit, these lines, or the portions of them that are high-frequency, will have service every 15 minutes from 6 AM to 7 PM on weekdays, and from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays. But do they? To find out, I checked […]

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Route 614: Can (or Should) It Be Saved?

The Metropolitan Council is proposing to eliminate Route 614, which operates Monday-Friday between Ridgedale Mall and apartment complexes in Minnetonka Heights (just north of County Road 101 and Townline Road/Highway 62). Frequency of this route is around every hour. The first northbound bus leaves at 5:16 AM, and the last northbound bus leaves at 5:35 […]

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The Planned Failure of the Ford Site

On January 25, 2019, Ryan Companies presented its plan for the Ford Site redevelopment to the St. Paul Planning Commission. One third of the way through the presentation, Ryan officials finished talking about themselves and turned to the city’s (supposed) vision for the Ford Site, That vision includes environmental sustainability, vibrant urban infill and a transit-oriented […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report–March 2019

The March schedule changes mostly represent minor schedule adjustments, but there are a few changes of note. Routes 2 and 3 have done a robust business connecting the U of M West Bank campus with southeast Minneapolis. Now a number of evening trips have been added to serve that market. December saw the elimination of […]

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Transit Oriented Development: A Progress Report

I remember when Transit Oriented Development (TOD) was considered a fringe idea espoused by some academics in California. The Met Council’s Livable Communities Grant program, which offers incentives for TOD, helped change the attitude among municipalities. Now it’s mainstream and really taking off. How much is detailed in a recent staff presentation to the Met […]

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How Houston Reimagined its Transit Network and Increased Ridership

Featured image credit: Laura Bliss, CityLab As a transit-oriented blog reader, you may have heard back in 2015 that Houston’s Metro system changed the route map of its buses overnight after years of careful planning and community feedback. Now going on four years later, what has been the impact on riders and the communities they live in? […]

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Ride the Bus to Stillwater After Work Before They Cut Service

Act on this fast! On March 9, Metro Transit plans to severely cut service on express route 294. The Metro Transit line runs weekdays between St. Paul and Stillwater, making stops near 3M, in Oakdale and in Lake Elmo. Currently, the 294 has eight trips going to Stillwater (three in the morning, five in the […]

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30/31 Days of (Winter) Biking 2019

January 2018 I tried a self-challenge: “January version of the 30 days of winter biking self-challenge.” It helped me get used to biking in the winter regularly and stop having fear of biking to/from the SE part of Saint Paul, where I live, to near downtown St Paul, where I work. It helped me beyond […]

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Fixing Inequitable Commuter Benefits

Last week, an extensive discussion of parking garages and parking as an employee benefit occurred here at streets.mn. As I read the discussion, one thing really stood out to me: Commuter benefits are wildly inequitable, and companies are given more incentive to provide parking than any other possible benefit. Beyond issues like the Fed garage, the issue […]

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The Importance of Airport-Downtown Rail Connections

Direct transit links are not only good for urban quality of life but improve regional competitiveness. They should be a no-brainer. Being able to land in a city and board a train with assurance you’ll be downtown in a fixed amount of time provides peace of mind for residents, tourists and businesspeople alike. A pleasant […]

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