Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Video Ad on the Bus

Titan Worldwide is offering video ads on buses. I wonder if this will come here to the Twin Cities.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hiawatha LRT Robberies

Two Men Attacked at MplsLight Rail Station

Two Charged in String of Light-Rail Robberies

More 2009 New Flyer D60LFR

I took these pictures at East Metro Garage.

Buses lined up along wall in East Metro Garage

Bus 3265

Bus 3264


Bus 3267

Bus 3268

New Flyer Low Floor At MJ Ruter Garage

Maple Grove Transit MG 18 and MG 19
New Flyer Low Floor parked outside
Martin J Ruter Garage

Maple Grove Transit Bus # MG18
New Flyer Low Floor
Those who like New Flyers don't get to excited. Metro Transit are not buying them. They are from First Transit. When Metro Transit won the the Maple Grove route they were sent to Ruter Garage for to be used on Maple Grove routes.

Northstar Update

Friday, June 26, 2009

Transportation Committee

Metropolitan Council-Transportation Committee
Monday, June 22, 2009

    Metro Transit
    Metropolitan Transportation Services
  • 2009-207 Construction of Bus-Only Access Ramps in Lakeville
  • 2009-212 Authority to Execute Agreements with Maple Grove and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • 2009-220 Northstar/Minnesota Twins Ballpark Operations and Maintenance Agreement
  • Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Monthly Ridership Report for April/May 2009
  • Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) Quarterly Update
  • Regional Dial-a-Ride Operating Parameters

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Hiawatha LRT

Hiawatha LRT will be 5 years old on June 26. Metro Transit will mark the fifth anniversary with a modest event at Government Plaza on Friday June 26 at noon. There will be birthday cakes, some music and remarks by Met Council Chair Peter Bell, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, the mayors of of Minneapolis and Bloomington and others.

Hiawatha LRT has operated safely and reliably over the past five years, serving 42.9 million customers from opening day in 2004 through May this year. Average weekday ridership on Hiawatha last year was 30,500. That's 20 percent higher than the expected ridership in the year 2020.

First Light Rail Train in Minneapolis

A Light Rail Ride on Opening Day

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hiawatha LRT Will be Closed June 26-29

Portion of Hiawatha Line closed June 26-29
Transit News
Portion of Hiawatha Line closed June 26-29
Route 55 buses will replace trains between 46th Street Station and Mall of America Station from 11 p.m. on Friday, June 26, through 3:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 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 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. In addition, crews are working at rail/roadway intersections to upgrade the signaling system.
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.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Madison Metro Transit-Pictures

Front View Gillig Hybrid Bus#001 on the Route 7 at East Transfer Point

Back view of Gillig Hybrid bus#001 doing the Route 30 at East Towne Mall

Gillig Low Floor Bus# 876 doing the Route 36 and Bus#901 doing the Route 20 at East Towne Mall

Madison Metro Orion V Bus # 521 & 526 turning on to Washington Ave from Milwaukee St in Madison, Wisconsin

Gillig Low Floor Bus # 926 on the Route 8

Gillig Low Floor Bus# 905 doing the Route 2

Cover for the parking meters

Temporary Bus Stop

Back view of Gillig Low Floor Bus# 917 doing Route 16 at East Transfer Point

Gillig Low Floor Bus 919 on Route 32 at East Transfer Point. Wrapped by Charter Cable

This bike rack can carry 3 bikes

Wrapped bus by TV Channel 27

Madison Metro Transit-Videos

Madison Metro Transit Gillig Hybid Leaving East Point Transfer

Madison Metro Transit Gillig Low Floors Leaving East Transfer Point.

Madison Metro Transit Gillig Low Floor Bus # 941 on the Route 4 Downtown Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Metro Gillig Low Floor Bus # 876 on the Route 36 and Bus # 901 on Route 20 leaving East Towne Mall

Madison Metro Orion V Bus # 521 & 526 turning on to Washington Ave from Milwaukee St in Madison, Wisconsin

Friday, June 19, 2009

Utility-relocation for Central Corridor LRT

Utility-relocation work beginning on Central Corridor light-rail line

Met Council officials are seeking bids for utility-relocation work in downtown St. Paul, a long-anticipated project that will set the stage for the start of Central Corridor light rail construction late next summer.Xcel Energy could start moving some of its utilities under Fourth Street as soon as next month, according to council officials. Relocation of public utilities – including water, sanitary sewer and storm sewers – could begin in late August.Late last year, the Met Council, which is overseeing construction of the $914 million, 11-mile Central Corridor project, negotiated a utility-relocation agreement with District Energy St. Paul and District Cooling St. Paul. Bids for the public utility relocation work are due July 15.“It’s obviously pre-construction work,” said Laura Baenen, Met Council’s Central Corridor spokesperson. “We are not doing any work on the actual line” at this point. The first phase of the utility relocation will focus on Fourth Street from Minnesota to Jackson. Work will continue through the fall, culminating in roadway and sidewalk reconstruction this November, according to the Met Council’s project schedule.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Discounted Fares for Charitable Organization

A pilot program to offer discounted tokens and passes at half price to a small number of charitable organization that specialize in services to the homeless. This test program with up to 10 charities will start Sept. 1 and continue until March 15, 2011. During the test Metro Transit will work with charities to understand the transportation of clients and report back to the legislature in early 2011.

Free Rides for Disabled Veterans

Starting July 1, disabled veterans will get free ride when they show ID card from U.S. Department of Veterans Affair or state commissioner of veterans affairs certifying that they suffered a permanent disability related to their military service.


ST. PAUL, MN - When retired Army Sergeant Major Jerry Newton was elected to serve in the Minnesota Legislature this year, he brought some new ideas to the State Capitol on how to improve the lives and businesses of disabled veterans. State Rep. Newton (DFL - Coon Rapids) has introduced several bills this session that would: 1) offer state contracting preference to disabled vets (HF715); and 2) allow disabled veterans to ride free on Metro Transit buses and commuter trains (HF1356). “These are guys that gave more than their share to preserve freedom and liberty at home and abroad,” said Rep. Newton. “They deserve our gratitude and respect, and in many instances they need our help.” One of Newton’s bills receiving considerable attention this session is an effort that would give preference to businesses owned by disabled veterans when letting state and some metropolitan agency projects. Disabled vets who own businesses in Minnesota already receive preference for contract work with the federal government - but currently the State of Minnesota has no such system in place. Under Rep. Newton’s bill businesses 51% owned by disabled veterans would be given the opportunity to bid up to 6 percent higher on a contract and still be considered the low bidder. “It’s hard enough for disabled vets to find a job when they come home,” said Newton. “But some disabled veterans come home and start businesses that employ dozens and even hundreds of people - doing a service to their country and their community. Passing this bill is a way for us to say thanks, and to make business just a little easier for those who have served our country in more ways than one.” Rep. Newton also wants to extend free ridership privileges to disabled Minnesota veterans on Metro Transit buses and commuter trains. Newton hopes that letting disabled vets ride free will give them easier access to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center near the airport, and provide convenient access to transportation throughout the Metro area. “This bill just makes sense,” said Newton. “Many disabled veterans have no way to get to and from the VA Hospital other than the Disabled American Veterans transportation service - a service that provides transportation for thousands of veterans in Minnesota every year. By giving disabled vets free fare on our Metro Transit buses and trains, that will relieve strain on the DAV, and give veterans more convenient transportation options to not only the VA Hospital, but throughout the Metro as well.” Both of Rep. Newton’s bills have been received well by members of both parties at the State Capitol this year. Each piece of legislation is moving through the legislative process. More information about HF715 and HF1356 can be found online at www.house.mn.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Transit in the News

Man Struck at Mpls BusStop Dies
MINNEAPOLIS - The man hit by a car while standing at a Minneapolis bus stop Sunday Morning died from his injuries after his family removed him from life support Tuesday morning.
Christopher Iverson, 48, died at 11:30am, according to his family.
The driver of the vehicle and defendant, Kirsten Driscoll, has a court appearance Tuesday afternoon and likely faces modified charges of criminal vehicular homicide

City council sounds off on TRAC cuts
Keith Grauman The Hastings Star-GazettePublished Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Hastings City Council delivered a clear message to representatives of the Metropolitan Council Monday night regarding the future of the TRAC bus program: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The Met Council currently subsidizes the TRAC program to the tune of about $250,000 of the $400,000 it costs to run it each year. In an effort to streamline transit services and provide more equitable transit options to people across the entire seven-county metro area, that funding will be redistributed early next year and a new, county-wide dial-a-ride program will take its place.

Mayor Paul Hicks said he’d like to see the Met Council work with the city and incorporate TRAC into its new program, instead of getting rid of TRAC completely. “I think we ought to work together instead of wiping it all away and starting over,” he said. “You don’t have to start over.”
Council Member Joe Balsanek echoed Hicks’ thoughts.

City drafts letter in support of future park and ride facility
Hank Long Woodbury Bulletin
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A park and ride facility on the eastern edge of Woodbury may be in the city’s future.
The Woodbury City Council voted June 10 to send a letter of support to Metropolitan Council on its support for the Metro Transits application for federal transportation funding that could help pay for a park and ride facility off I-94 and Manning Avenue.
The application includes a request for $7 million of federal funds to purchase land, build a park and ride facility, purchase buses and provide service at the location, which would be in the vicinity of the future Northeast Business Park.

If the federal funds were received, Metro Transit would provide the local matching funding required, a city reports states.
A Metro Transit ridership analysis indicates there is a demand for a park and ride lot along the I-94 Corridor. The proposed general location is the southwest quadrant of I-94 and TH 95 (Manning Avenue).
The park and ride is currently planned as a parking structure with 550 spaces and would need about three acres. The park and ride would most likely co-locate with a future retail use to allow for shared parking. A park and ride of this size would support 10 peak period express bus trips to Minneapolis.
Representatives from Metro Transit have met with the property owners in this area and they are supportive of the grant application, the city report states.

Phoenix’s METRO Light Rail Takes Flight

This is from Street Films

Phoenix’s METRO Light Rail Takes Flight

Granted, the city of Phoenix has a huge sprawl problem. But in December they opened one of the most ambitious transportation projects in the recent history of the U.S.: a 20-mile light rail line with 28 stops serving three cities (Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.)
Valley Metro vehicles are handsome and comfortable and thus far ridership expectations are well beyond initial projections. Each station features pleasant amenities, with art installations and a clean atmosphere. In addition, bicycles are welcome aboard as many folks use the light rail as an inter modal step in their commute.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Northstar-Coon Rapids Station

MVTA Bus Roadeo

MVTA to Host Sixth Annual Bus Roadeo

The MVTA will host its sixth annual Bus Roadeo at Dakota County Technical College on Saturday, June 20. Bus drivers from the MVTA's two garages are expected to compete for prizes, with the two winning drivers continuing on to the State Roadeo in Albert Lea, MN on July 25. The public is invited to attend. Written testing is to begin at 8 a.m., with road-testing to follow. Winners are expected to be announced about 12:30 p.m.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Minneapolis bus stop crash victim on life support

Minneapolis bus stop crash victim on life support

Christopher Iverson was standing in front of a bus bench Sunday chatting with Cheryl Gouge when he suddenly went flying through the air, hit so hard by a car that it literally knocked him out of his shoes.
The car continued up the sidewalk and smashed into a glass Metro Transit bus shelter. Gouge sat stock still on the bench, Iverson's empty shoes sitting in front of her.
"I looked down, and he was just lying there and there was blood around his head, and the puddle kept getting bigger," said Gouge, whose leg was hurt in the crash.
The crash occurred at 12:11 a.m. on E. Lake Street at 39th Avenue S. The driver, a 49-year-old Minneapolis woman, was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County jail. Police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said alcohol is believed to be involved, but a blood-alcohol level will not be available for a few weeks. It's unclear how fast the car was traveling, he said.
Iverson, a 48-year-old south Minneapolis resident, was in critical condition Sunday at Hennepin County Medical Center with brain damage and other injuries, said his brother-in-law, Bill Breeggman. Family members expect to decide soon whether to remove life support.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bus Pictures

Metro Transit 2004 Gillig Low Floor, Bus# 7109 at 5th Street Garage

Metro Transit Gillig Phantom Bus#927, Route 24 at 48th Street LRT Station

Route 80 operated by Lorenz Bus Service Bus# 6047 at Sunray Transit Center, New Flyer Low Floor

Northstar Downtown Station and Target Field Station

Work on the overhead power lines for the LRT extension to Target Field.
View of Target Field next to 5th Street Garage

Northstar Commuter Rail Downtown Station

View of the new LRT Target Field Station

Norhtstar Downtown Station

View of Target Field Station Circular building

LRT extension on the 5th street Bridge

Empty coal train running next to the Northstar Commuter Rail downtown Minneapolis Station

Metro Transit Videos

Metro Transit Gillig Low Floor bus # 1178 on the Route 5 driving on 5th street bridge by Target Field . It is on detour.

Metro Transit Hiawatha LRT arriving at the 46th Street Station.

Metro Transit Hiawatha LRT leaving Nicollet Mall Station downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit Hiawatha LRT leaving Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station downtown Minneapolis.

Northstar Update

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wonder how a Hybrid Bus works?

This is from the Metro Transit-CITY OF MADISON website. They have received hybrids in 2007.

  • Allison Electric Drive System
    Metro's new hybrid buses are powered by the Allison Electric Drive system, which reduces exhaust emissions up to 90% compared to conventional combustion engines.
    Up to a 60% improvement in fuel economy has been demonstrated in a vehicle with an Allison Electric Drive.
    Play Video (GM Advanced Hybrid Technologies)
  • Regenerative Braking
    Forty percent of the energy to accelerate the bus is energy saved during regenerative braking. When stopping or decelerating, vehicle energy is converted to electric energy and stored. In effect, the motor becomes a generator.
    An Allison Hybrid Electric Drive System can significantly out-accelerate a vehicle equipped with a conventional drivetrain or an alternative fuel system.
    Play Video (Regeneratrive Braking and the ESS Smart Design
  • Allison Electric Drive System - EP System Familiarization
    As explained by Bill Nye the Science Guy!
    Learn more about the EP System, a parallel hybrid that blends both mechanical and electrical power paths to drive a vehicle.
    By using a smaller internal combustion engine, and operating it only in its most efficient ranges, the EP System reduces fuel consumption and emissions and increases productivity and passenger comfort.
    Play Video (EP System Familiarization....Featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Metropolitan Council Meeting

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

  • 2009-160 Authorization to Purchase Fareboxes
  • 2009-168 Interdivisional Transfer of Vehicles
  • 2009-169 Authorization to Procure Railroad Liability Insurance for Northstar Commuter Rail
  • Presentation - Northstar Vertical Circulation Building
  • Bus Safety and Security

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mpls Residents Upset Over New Bus Route

Transportation Committee

Metropolitan Council Meeting Transportation Committee


  • 2009-206 Authorization for Forest Lake and Columbus Transit Service Expansion Agreements
  • 2009-178 Northstar Commuter Rail Fare Approval
  • 2030 Regional Park-and-Ride Plan Update
  • New Website Feature: Online Schedules
  • Central Corridor Station Design and Public Art Update

NorthStar Coaches Arrive

First Northstar Commuter Rail Coaches Arrive

The first two Northstar Commuter Rail coaches passed through Anoka County June 8 on their way to the Northstar Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. Sixteen additional coaches will arrive in the coming weeks from the Bombardier facility in New York. Expect to see locomotives and coaches traveling on the tracks for testing now through the start of service in November.
“After a dozen years of anticipation, it is exciting to see the first passenger car arrive,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart, left, chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority. Pictured with Erhart is Jan Ruby, BNSF Superintendent of Northstar Operations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2009 New Flyer D60LFR

I saw this 2009 New Flyer D60LFR, bus # 3261, parked on the wall in East Metro Garage.

Train service at Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station interrupted

Train service at Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station interrupted June 12-14

Train service at Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station will be interrupted from Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14, due to nearby construction work.
There will be no train service at this station during these times:
-from 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, through 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13-from 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, through 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14
Crews will be working on the overhead power lines to the new rail station near the Twins ballpark. Electrical power will be shut off at Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station, prompting the interruption of train service.
To board Hiawatha Line trains during the interruption, please walk to Nicollet Mall Station, one block southeast on 5th Street.
To learn of any last-minute changes, call the rail maintenance hotline at 612-373-3333, option 6.
Thank you for your patience.

MCI Coach Buses Coming to Metro Transit

Metro Transit will be getting MCI (Motor Coach Industries) coach buses. They will be operating out of East Metro Garage. They are to be used on the new Route 860 in which Metro Transit is taking over on June 1.

UPDATE: The buses are expected to arrive in a few weeks.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

MVTA Operates Reduced Service on Fridays

MVTA Operates Reduced Service on Fridays Beginning June 12
The MVTA will operate a modified service schedule on the most Fridays beginning June 12 through Labor Day. Additionally, there will be several Thursdays with reduced service. The modified service schedule will operate on the following dates: 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28 and 9/4 ( All Fridays); 7/2 (Thursday before Independence Day); 9/3 (Thursday before Labor Day): Trips on these days will be reduced on Routes 460, 470 and 477 as detailed
Route 460
  • Northbound trips that will not operate: 6:30, 6:56, 7:11, 7:46 a.m. from Burnsville Transit Station.; 7:42 a.m. trip moved to 7:43 a.m.; 7:50 a.m. trip move to 7:48a.m.; 7:55 a.m. trip move to 7:54 a.m.
  • Southbound trips from Gateway Ramp that will not operate: 3:34, 4:02, 4:48, 5:01 p.m.; 3:44 p.m. trip moved to 3:41; 3:57 p.m. trip moved to 4:01 p.m.; 4:44 p.m. trip moved to 4:46 p.m.; 4:58 trip move to 5:00 p.m.

Route 470

  • Northbound trip that will not operate: 6:53 a.m.; Southbound trip that will not operate: 4:06 p.m.; southbound trip at 3:59 p.m. move to 4:02 p.m.
  • Southbound trip that will not operate: 4:06 p.m.; southbound trip at 3:59 p.m. move to 4:02 p.m.
  • Route 477

    • Northbound trip that will not operate: 7:07 a.m.; northbound trip at 6:48 a.m. moved to 6:49 a.m.; 7:14 a.m. trip move to 7:12 a.m.
    • Southbound trip that will not operate: 5:02, 5:17 p.m.; southbound trip at 4:49 p.m. moved to 4:51 p.m.; 4:57 p.m. trip moved to 5:00 p.m. and extended to 157th Street Station.

    I-35W closures Closes Bus Stop

    I-35W closures begin June 12

    From the Minnesota Department of Transportation:
    Motorists will encounter detours and possibly increased congestion on Metro Area roadways starting at 10 p.m. Friday, June 12, when all lanes of northbound I-35W, from Highway 62 to I-94, and all lanes of southbound I-35W from 60th Street to Highway 62, close for the weekend. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, June 15. Highway 62 will remain open during the weekend.
    The closure is needed for bridge deck repair and pavement work along I-35W and for placement of bridge segments at the eastern junction of I-35W and Highway 62.
    Motorists are advised to follow the posted detours:
    For northbound I-35W: Highway 62 west to Highway 100 north to I-394 east
    For southbound I-35W: Highway 62 east to Highway 77 south to I-494 west
    In addition to the weekend closures, the Lake Street Metro Transit bus stop will close June 12 at 10 p.m. and will remain closed for approximately 10 weeks.

    Another Roadblock for Central Corrdor

    Group files civil rights complaint in regard to light-rail development
    A coalition of minority-rights and low-income advocacy groups says the Metropolitan Council has ignored potential negative impacts of the Central Corridor light-rail line on those communities.
    Star Tribune
    A group representing residents and businesses along University Avenue in St. Paul has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Metropolitan Council, alleging the agency has ignored potential negative effects of the planned Central Corridor light-rail line.
    The complaint was filed with the Federal Transportation Administration, the same agency being asked to fund half of the $914 million project. A letter from the FTA dated May 27, 2009, to the group said an investigation is underway.
    The Met Council has received questions from the FTA regarding the complaint and will answer them, council Chairman Peter Bell said Thursday. It's another in a series of disputes along the line.

    Friday, June 5, 2009

    New 29' Gillig Low Floor

    29' Gillig Low Floor at the Rosedale Center in Rosedale, Mn It was finishing up the Route 32. This route is contracted out to Lorenz Bus Service by Metropolitan Council

    Northstar Update

    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    UPDATE on Bus Shooting

    The person who shoot into the bus was charged.

    19-year-old charged in Metro Transit bus shooting

    A 19-year-old from Minneapolis was charged Wednesday with three felonies for allegedly firing a gun at a bus following an argument, grazing one man and wounding another.

    Southwest Transitway

    Light rail choice coming this year

    The future of rail in the metro inevitably revolves around light rail transit. Long before even the Hiawatha Line was finished in 2004, transit planners had been envisioning a network of LRT routes crisscrossing the region, cutting congestion and spurring redevelopment. For southwest commuters, the idea of light rail transit has moved beyond the dream phase, into the nitty-gritty.
    This year, planners will be picking a route for the Southwest Transitway, an LRT route that would run from Eden Prairie into downtown Minneapolis. Should all go as planned, construction on the route could begin as early as 2015.
    The reality of planning a light rail network involves long-long-long-term planning. The Southwest Transitway has been a work in progress for the last eight years, starting with a study evaluating any number of routes. In the past two years, the number of possible route alternatives was whittled down to three and now, planners expect to make a decision on a preferred alternative by late summer or early fall.
    The Southwest Transitway project involves a number of partners within Hennepin County including all the cities on the route (Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Minneapolis). Ultimately the Metropolitan Council will make the final approval on the route design.

    There are 4 possible alignment.

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    New Cedar Avenue transit station to break ground June 8

    MVTA, City of Eagan, Dakota County Celebrate Cedar Grove Transit Station Construction Kick-off
    Visitors will be welcomed by Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire. Emcee for the event is MVTA chair and Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz. Also participating in the ceremony are Sen. Jim Carlson, Rep. Sandra Masin, Dakota County Commissioner Tom Egan, Metropolitan Councilmember Dan Wolter and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) Project Manager Nick Thompson. Participants will highlight the history, future and importance of this vital transit project.
    Construction of the new station will begin in June 2009 and is scheduled to be completed by May 2010. The station is part of the 16-mile Cedar Avenue Transitway being constructed between the Mall of America and County Road 70 in Lakeville.

    For more information about the ceremony, please contact Robin Selvig at 952-882-7504.

    Cedar Grove Concept Plan

    The program will be at 2 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. It is located at Nicols Road and Cedar Grove Parkway in Eagan, MN

    View Larger Map

    Cottage Grove Park-N-Ride Enhancements

    Cottage Grove Park-N-Ride will be getting 19 new security cameras this month. The Park-n-Ride has 525 parking spaces and is served by Routes 361 and 365.

    County Purchases Union Depot

    Ramsey County approves purchase of portion of Union Depot in downtown St. Paul

    Ramsey County commissioners Tuesday approved the $8.2 million purchase of the front of the Union Depot along Fourth Street in Lowertown.
    The purchase moves the county forward in its vision to transform the landmark into a transit hub, once again hosting passenger trains, as well as the planned Central Corridor light rail line local and regional buses, and playing host to restaurants and shops, resurrecting the prominence the grand station once had.
    To that end, Christo's restaurant will remain open, and 39 condos in the building will remain unaffected, according to pre-existing agreements and new actions approved Tuesday. Commissioners, wearing their hats as directors of the county Regional Railroad Facility, voted 6-0 (Tony Bennett was absent) to approve the purchase, which essentially makes them landlords of the restaurant, condos and parking.
    But before then, there's plenty of work — $350,000 immediately and at least nearly $1 million more over the next two years — to be done on the 86-year-old neoclassical building.

    For more information check out the Union Depot website.

    Union Depot Renovation Concept Video by Ramsey County Regional Rail

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    Pedestrian hit by Metro Transit bus

    Pedestrian hit by Metro Transit bus in Mpls.

    A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis.
    Police say it happened around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. A pedestrian and bicyclist had been crossing the street at the corner of Lake and Elliot Streets when the bus struck the pedestrian.
    The bicyclist told police he was not hit. One victim suffered minor facial injuries.
    Metro Transit says the bus driver has been on the job for 10 years.

    Shooting on the Route 5

    2 Shot on Metro Transit Bus

    This morning it is calm here at the number five bus stop at 15th and Chicago Avenue. Monday night is was a whole different scene when a double shooting occurred.

    The shooting happened around 9 p.m. About a dozen people were riding the bus at the time.
    Authorities say one man was arguing with other passengers on board. When the bus stopped, he got off, then turned toward the bus and fired his gun.
    He shot two people, one in the arm and a bullet grazed the second victim. Both of the victims were taken to HCMC with non-life-threatening injuries.
    Officers instantly began chasing down witnesses and potential suspects who had fled the bus after the shooting.
    They combed the scene for evidence and got a good description of the suspect.
    One witness heard people screaming after the shooting and is now concerned about riding this bus again.
    Within an hour a Metro Transit spokesman says police arrested the suspect and found the weapon

    Monday, June 1, 2009

    New Maple Grove park-and-ride station

    New Maple Grove park-and-ride station would add commuter options
    By LAURIE BLAKE, Star Tribune
    Maple Grove is set to approve a second transit station that initially will offer nearly 500, and ultimately more than 900, additional parking spaces for commuters headed from the northwest suburb into Minneapolis.
    If the City Council approves the project on June 15 as expected, the $8.8 million station could open by the fall of 2010 on Maple Grove Parkway near the new Maple Grove Hospital, just off Interstate 94.
    Without the new station, the Metropolitan Council has predicted that in 20 years the northwest I-94 corridor would have the biggest park-and-ride parking shortage of all metro commuter routes.