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Green Line train pulling into station

How One Legislator Makes Transit Work in a Busy Schedule

After David Levinson posted his article–Roll with Us Transit Challenge: March 1-7, 2015—about the campaign to get state legislators to ride transit for a week, I e-mailed a few legislators to encourage them to participate in the challenge. Although I knew the House members I contacted were likely supporters of building out and maintaining a robust […]

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Quarterly Transit Report – February 2015

The March 7 schedule change is pretty quiet, mostly small schedule adjustments by Metro Transit. The most noticeable was faster running time on both light rail lines. The Blue and the Green Lines are now 3 minutes faster each way and more reliably on time, thanks primarily to better traffic signal timing. The Green Line’s […]

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Chart of the Day: Top 10 Metro Transit Bus Routes by Ridership, 2014

Metro Transit released some 2014 ridership data today. Here are their top ten bus routes, by ridership. Kind of crazy how it drops off after the first few routes. The busiest route, Route 5, is more than twice as busy as the fourth busiest route, Route 6. Route 16 still holds on with just a half […]

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An Unpleasant Experience on a Bus

A brief story, told at the dire risk of appearing to fashionably equate my own issues with those of others who have been in the news lately. Was on a bus yesterday. Same as any day! Caught the afternoon ride home a little later than usual due to a dentist appointment–pressure continues to mount for […]

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What If We Took Half the Seats Out of Buses?

You clicked this post! Thank you! I am sorry for titling it with a question. That’s terrible. However, I have a question: What if we took half the seats out of buses? Sorry if that sounds crazy! But do you take the bus? A local route in one of the cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) […]

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A Quick Fix for Minneapolis Transit

Last week, David Levinson asked whether we are “building a city” in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He noted that rail investments only make sense in areas where there is sufficient density to support those investments. He further wondered whether Minneapolis and St. Paul could achieve those requisite densities for a majority of residents in […]

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Could Go-To Banking be the Ticket? Part 1

Significant praise has been heaped on ridesharing services. Uber, Car2Go, HourCar and NiceRideMN, to name a few, are lauded for increasing transportation options. Each service adds another way to get from point A to B, making our multi-modal system stronger. These networks run best when switching from one mode to another is easy and obvious. […]

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Recognition of Privilege on the Bus

I recently rode a bus with my girlfriend from my house to the Science Museum of Minnesota. When we boarded, she went first using a transit pass, while I opted to go last since I paid in cash and would not hold up the bus since it could start moving while I paid. When I had […]

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Transpo Convo with Mohamed

Welcome to the very first Transpo Convo!  This is a brand new ongoing series in which I interview people about their transportation use.  In this first installment I share a few highlights from my conversation with Mohamed F., where we gab about bike lanes, transit pricing, and what Metro Transit could learn about rider experience from Nairobi’s matatu culture. […]

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My Two Sense: 94 Bus at Rush Hour

I stand in the aisle to make room for all the meat in this freezer.  My arms are extended out in “Y” formation to clutch the cold bars, holding my stance steady as the vessel lurches and rumbles under my feet.  Sticky skins wick with delight. Even above the crying baby I hear the story […]

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