Saturday, May 30, 2009
Featured in this video is Twin City Rapid Transit streetcar #1239, built in 1907.
Also features is Duluth Street Railway No. 78. It was one of twenty streetcars delivered by the LaClede Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri in October of 1893. It served Duluth until it was retired and its carbody was given to Mrs. Florence Lee of Duluth on September 11, 1911.
The streetcars are made possible by all-volunteer service of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Metro Transit has a new online system that makes it easy to view and print the latest route maps and schedule information.
Access Online Schedules from the home page at metrotransit.org. Simply select your route number from the pulldown menu. You’ll see an overview of how often service operates along with a list of major destinations served by that route.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Bus rapid transit could be the next big thing in Twin Cities' transit.
But it's not clear that what commuters will get -- for years to come -- is what they're being promised. And that's creating a danger of a public relations fiasco.
Metro Transit is updating routes in the northwest metro to meet growing residential and employment needs, changing travel patterns and new demographics.
Highlights of changes:
-New Route 705, a crosstown route traveling primarily on Winnetka Avenue
-Improved service in the Winnetka Avenue corridor, with more non-rush hour and reverse- commute trips
-New service to Wal-Mart Supercenter in Brooklyn Park
-Simplified Saturday routing to help you get to your destinations faster
-New connections between Winnetka Avenue and Ridgedale Mall and between 42nd Avenue and -City of Plymouth Dial-A-Ride
-Facility improvements at Starlite Transit Center
Note: Other routes in the area will have minor schedule changes.
For other Metro Transit route changes click HERE
The worst advertising market in decades has had a devastating, and well-documented, effect on newspapers, magazines and television networks. But now another recipient of ad dollars is being hurt by the market slump at a time it can little afford it: mass transit.
In recent months, a company that sells many of the ads that appear on buses and trains and in stations in New York, Boston, Minneapolis and other cities has come up short in its payments to transit agencies, citing a sharp drop in ad rates and sales.
In Minneapolis and St. Paul, Titan paid Metro Transit, which provides bus and light rail service, about $100,000 less than the required $1 million payment for the first three months of this year, according to Bruce Howard, the transit agency’s director of marketing. He said that ad sales during the period were about 20 percent below what they were the previous year.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The operator was driving a westbound Route 3 bus on Friday, March 6, and came across the victim who had collapsed near Van Slyke and Churchhill Street in St Paul. After calling for medical help, he and a passerby gave the individual CPR until medics arrived.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Route 55 buses will replace trains between Humphrey Terminal Station and Mall of America Station from 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29, through 3:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1, due to construction.
Buses will operate more frequently than trains, but bus trips will take longer than train rides. Metro Transit staff will be at key rail stations to direct customers to bus service. Posters on the platform will also give instructions on where to catch Route 55 buses.
Trains will operate normally elsewhere along the Hiawatha Line.
Construction crews are lengthening rail platforms at stations to accommodate three-car trains and are upgrading signal equipment to improve the reverse operation of trains through crossings.
To learn of any last-minute changes, call the rail maintenance hotline at 612-373-3333, option 6.
Get more details here about the rail platform extension project.
Thank you for your patience.
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line in Minneapolis,MN. It operates between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line is an all-volunteer service of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Marquette Avenue and Second Avenue South are being reconstructed between 1st Street South and 12th Street South. Work started in August 2008 and will continue through December 2009. Both streets are being rebuilt from building front to building front. When the project is completed, the street will have two bus lanes and two traffic lanes (both operating in the same direction as they do today), wider sidewalks, new transit shelters, public art, more trees and more attractive landscaping and streetscaping. Several of the transit facilities will have real-time electronic departure information signs.
The number of buses operating in downtown is expected to increase significantly in the future, particularly as commuters continue to turn to mass transit to access the downtown business core. The dual transit lanes on 2nd and Marquette will:
- Dramatically improve the speed and reliability of bus service through downtown
- Add significant bus capacity in the downtown core
- Provide a more “legible” system for downtown commuters by consolidating express transit service into one north-south corridor
- Provide improved passenger waiting facilities, passenger security, passenger information systems, and passenger amenities
- Set the stage for the implementation of other downtown transit improvements
3D Animation of a typical block
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
A transportation funding bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty will keep the region’s trains and buses running on time.
The measure plugs a $62.4 million hole in the operating budget for the coming two years to fund current and committed transit service. This includes the startup this fall of the new 40-mile Northstar commuter rail line, as well as new bus rapid transit (BRT) service on I-35W and Cedar Avenue.
“This bill is good news for transit customers and motorists alike,” said Peter Bell, chair of the Metropolitan Council. “It will enable us to continue improving our transit system, growing ridership and easing traffic congestion.”
Friday, May 15, 2009
Metro Transit buses and trains will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
Metro Transit stores, Customer Relations and Lost & Found will be closed. The Metropolitan Transit Information Center will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MVTA service before and on Memorial Day
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will operate a reduced schedule on Friday, May 22. MVTA will follow a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day (May 25).
For more details, click HERE.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- 2009-127 Authorization to Exercise Contract Options to Purchase Eight Thirty-Foot Transit Buses for Anoka County
- 2009-147 Authorization to Exercise Contract Options to Purchase 29 Articulated Transit Buses
- 2009-152 Procurement of Metro Mobility Buses
- 2009-156 Authorization to Terminate Transit Route 255
- 2009-161 Hiawatha Light Rail Transit American Boulevard Station,
- “Distracted Drivers: At What Cost?” (APTA Announces 2009 Bus Safety Awards)
Update on Central Corridor LRT Stations
At a May 2009 committee meeting, Alicia Vap of the Central Corridor LRT Project Office provided an update on the design and public art for the line’s 15 stations. Vap is manager of streetscape, station design and public art for the $915 million line that will run on University and Washington Avenues between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- Authorization to Terminate Transit Route 255
- Authorization to submit Metro Mobility Grant
- Authorization to Purchase Fareboxes
- Hiawatha Light Rail Transit American Boulevard
- Authorization to Procure Railroad Liability Insurance for Northstar Commuter Rail
- 1st Quarter 2009 Regional Ridership Report
- Update on the Regional Dial-a-Ride Restructuring Project
- Northwest Metro Transit Restructuring Study
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Bus systems operating 1 million and fewer than 4 million passenger trips
GOLD award – Southwest Metro Transit (Eden Prairie, MN)
Bus systems operating 30 million or more passenger trips
GOLD award – Metro Transit (Minneapolis, MN)