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A Metro Transit bus with signs indicating that it is under quarantine is parked on the back side of the agency's Heywood Garage near Downtown Minneapolis. March 24, 2020. Photo: Henry Pan

Amid Coronavirus Chaos, Metro Transit Allows Rear Door Boarding, Cuts Service, Neglects Operator Needs

Front Door Boarding Suspended Onboard Metro Transit Buses After pressure from activists, last Wednesday, Metro Transit began to follow in the footsteps of other agencies who have taken preventative measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. They began to institute back-door-only boarding on many of its routes. Metro Transit became the second agency in the […]

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How Metro Transit Is Responding To The Coronavirus

Transit agencies across the nation are feeling the brunt of the coronavirus, and Metro Transit is no exception. While Metro Transit does not have definite numbers, Howie Padilla, Metro Transit’s spokesperson, says that “Ridership has definitely decreased.”  But they’re not worried about how much ridership has gone down right now. “Our priority is to serve […]

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How I Rode Public Transit To Afton State Park

In October, I took the bus out to Afton State Park, which is located on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border due east of the Twin Cities.  But wait, you might think. That’s impossible. There’s no bus service out that way. The nearest Metro Transit route is the 294, which goes to Stillwater and only runs during rush […]

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How Minneapolis Can Become A Transit City In One Decade

In the past month, the excellent transit blogger Alon Levy has written two posts that have particular relevance for places like the Twin Cities. This isn’t always the case, since Levy is more commonly focused on America’s older and larger transit systems (especially New York). His perspective is shaped by having lived in a number […]

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Chart of the Day: US LRT Lines by Expected v. Actual Ridership

Here’s a cool chart shared on Twitter by a researcher at the Manhattan Institute, showing expected v. actual ridership numbers for different light rail lines around the country. I am one of the people that always assumes transit planners low-ball the ridership predictions, so that they can announce (often right away) that the new transit […]

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A Look at Future Rapid Bus Lines

A wave of faster limited stop transit services will arrive in the next few years. The Orange Line BRT (I-35W Minneapolis-Burnsville, replacing Route 535) is fully funded and construction is underway. The B Line (overlaid on Route 21 Selby-Lake), D Line (overlaid on Route 5 Chicago-Fremont), E Line (overlaid on Route 6 Southdale-Hennepin-4th Street SE), […]

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Adopt a Shelter!

If you’re a frequent transit user, you no doubt have the bus or train stop where you start most of your trips. Whether it’s a nice new shelter, a heated train stop, or just a pole in the grass – it’s the launching pad for whatever adventure you’re taking that day (or maybe just going […]

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The Quarterly Transit Report – November 2019

The December service change consists of numerous minor schedule changes. Some trips are being added, others eliminated to match demand. Although there are some big BRT and LRT service increases on the horizon, for now adding service is constrained by a shortage of bus operators and a looming budget deficit. Currently Metro Transit is about […]

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The Underappreciated Urban/Suburban Collector Bus

Quite a bit of the dialogue about how to improve transit, density, and general urbanism tends to be binary. Either you are for high density and the corresponding transportation solutions affiliated with that, or you may think that the expansion of park & ride facilities in suburban and exurban areas is the way forward. Like […]

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A Proposal to Double Express Bus Frequency Without Increasing Costs

The express bus system in the south metro has many inefficiencies in its design, leading to low service frequencies. By redesigning the system to consolidate duplicative routes, we can more than double bus frequencies without large increases in operating cost or travel time. My experiences with express buses This summer, I started riding the express […]

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