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.

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