Saturday, December 18, 2010
Police and transit officials are investigating the cause of a crash that killed a child and injured two others. Police say they've seen no evidence of negligence by the bus driver.
WISN report HERE.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Metro Transit suspended its bus operations at 1:41 p.m. Saturday, due to poor street conditions. Spokesman Bob Gibbons said bus operators were completing their current trips and heading to the garage until conditions improve.
Hiawatha light-rail and Northstar commuter rail service continues.
Buses will leave garages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Light rail and Northstar service are expected to operate as scheduled. per Metro Transit website
A new transit station on I-35W at 46th Street in Minneapolis is the first of its kind for the Twin Cities region.
The new station is between the northbound and southbound lanes, which will allow buses to pick up and drop off customers without leaving the freeway. Customers can board express buses on the freeway level or transfer to local buses on the 46th Street bridge. Watch a simulation of buses serving the station.
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
I-35W & 46th Street Station
11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11
46th Street bridge will be closed during the event.
Bus service is available on routes 11 and 46.
Ride free to the event. Download a pass.
Size Two levels (53-foot x 300-foot) provide movement between express buses on the freeway level and 46th Street buses on the bridge.
Access There are two stairway and elevator towers, one on each side of 46th Street, that provide movement between the upper-level bridge and lower-level freeway platform.
Traffic controls Gates and traffic signals control traffic access to the I-35W level of the station.
Customer areas Heating and cooling is provided by a geothermal system to make waiting more comfortable. Lighting is provided by high efficiency LED fixtures.
Real-time updates NexTrip signs display real-time information so you always know when your bus will depart.
Structure Cast-in-place concrete structure supported on a concrete platform placed on a foundation of drilled helical piers. The roof is formed by curved steel beams and purlins supported by round steel columns. The enclosure is an aluminum frame window wall system.
UPDATE: CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The contract includes $1.2 million for PCL to install a vehicle hoist at the Hiawatha LRT's Franklin facility, a betterment requested and funded by Metro Transit. It also includes work necessary for systems testing by the summer of 2013 in order to maintain the start of revenue service in 2014 and avoid a construction delay and cost escalation impacts. PCL's bid includes $41.9 million of Central Corridor project expense (including up to $1.2 million in sales tax), compared with the operations and maintenance facility project budget of $45.8 million.
This is the last major construction contract award for the project. Of the $590 million worth of construction and LRV contract awards including the operations facility, the project has experienced a cumulative underrun of $34 million.
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal for this contract was 15 percent. PCL, the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, reported a DBE participation of about 6 percent but passed the DBE evaluation based on participation and documentation of good-faith efforts. None of the other bidders met the 15 percent goal either.
The Met Council also authorized the regional administrator to issue a Limited Notice to Proceed in an amount of $1.6 million. Award of the contract and issuance of the notice will proceed immediately due to receipt of the Federal Transit Administration Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) last week.
Sufficient funding commitment from local sources is available to award the construction contract under the LONP. The LONP ensures the eligibility of these expenditures for federal funding reimbursement upon execution of the Full Funding Grant Agreement expected in the first quarter of 2011. The FTA and local funding partners support the operation and maintenance facility package, the contract award under the Letter of No Prejudice and issuance of the Limited Notice to Proceed.
In other Central Corridor LRT construction news, Carl Bolander & Sons substantially completed utility relocation and road construction in November on Fourth Street in downtown St. Paul. Temporary two-way traffic was restored. Work to lay the tracks, build stations and install the electrical and communication systems will occur in 2011-2012.
Walsh Construction began work after Labor Day east of the state Capitol on Robert and 12th streets north of Interstate 94. Most of the heavy construction by Walsh on University Avenue will occur in 2011 between Emerald Street and Hamline Avenue and in 2012 between Hamline and Robert.
Ames-McCrossan, a joint venture, began prep work last week to retrofit the Washington Avenue Bridge to accommodate LRT trains by strengthening the bridge piers. This work will not affect vehicular or pedestrian/bicycle traffic on the bridge during the fall 2010 semester. The bulk of the construction on the Minneapolis segment will start in spring 2011.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
UPDATE: Here is information on Metro Transit website for the New 7-Day Pass.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Minneapolis proposal would add waiting space, shelters and signs, but a business representative said she has concerns about the effect on property owners.
DOWNTOWN EAST-WEST TRANSIT SPINE PLAN
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The program, Ride to Rewards, is free and open to anyone with a Go-to-card, Metropass, U-Pass' College Pass, or Student Pass. Point can be converted to value on their passes or redeem for gift cards. Passengers can enroll in the program at RideToRewards.com
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Station #1 is located on Egret Boulevard, one block North of Coon Rapids Boulevard. Station #2 is located at 1199 121st Ave NW. Station #3 is located at Crooked Lake Boulevard and 113th Avenue
Fire Sprinkler Demonstration at Station 2
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
•The new Route 785 will begin on December 6 from the new Parkway Transit Station.
•The Route 784 and the Wal-Mart park-and-ride are eliminated on December 3.
Click here for details:
Friday, October 1, 2010
The two stops, located at the intersection of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road, were closed on Sept. 13 and will stay closed through Oct. 13.
The department asked for the closures in response to loitering and drug dealing at the intersection and an increase in violent crime, according to Inspector Mike Martin, the commander of the fourth precinct.
The shuttered stops service the 19 line, one of the city's busiest. About 185 riders board buses at the two stops on an average weekday, according to Bob Gibbons, a Metro Transit spokesman.
There are no plans to permanently close the stops, Gibbons said.
Community members will rally to protest the closures at the intersection on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Authorities say a suspicious package removed from a University Avenue bus shelter Saturday evening was not an explosive.
Members of the St. Paul bomb squad removed the package shortly before 6 p.m. from a bus shelter near Berry Street.
Several blocks of University Avenue were closed after two University of Minnesota students reported the package late afternoon. The road has since re-opened.
Bomb squad personnel used a robot to remove the package from the shelter, loading it into a protective container and into a trailer. Police spokesperson Andy Skoogman said authorities are still trying to determine what the object is, but it does not contain an explosive.
Customers at a Dunn Brothers Coffee near the scene were stuck inside for about an hour and a half on the direction of police, who told them to keep away from windows.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
My prediction is that the membership rejects it overwhelmingly
Metro Transit drivers continue voting on contract proposal Monday
Transit workers reject contract; strike is possible
The system use GPS data to track the location of the bus and matches up the appropriate announcement.
This was tested on the Route 17 last winter.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Metro Transit Light Rail rides during Twins games at Target Field is so popular, it has riders complaining about the lack of room.
Metro transit spokesman Bob Gibbons says Light Rail ridership to the games is up more than 6% compared to last year at the Metrodome.
Gibbons says all of Hiwatha's 27 rail cars run every ten minutes after games and that conditions can get tight inside the cars.
Metro Transit Board approved adding more cars to the Hiawatha
Not as bad as it is in Japan
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Phase 1 is expected to open for use by late October 2010 and the indoor station will open in January 2010. When the park-and-ride lot open in October express bus operation for the Route 784 at the Wal-Mart Park-and-Ride lot will cease and expanded as the new Route 785 at the Parkway Station. The Route 785 will offer seven trips to Minneapolis in the morning and seven return trips in the evening. The new MCI coaches will be used on this route.
Future expansion plans include a one level parking ramp with additional 475 parking spaces.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Updated animation and 3D modeling of Ramsey County's Union Depot renovation project in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, by the project team. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2010. Operations are scheduled to begin in fall 2012. The Depot will serve as a transit hub for the East Metro region, accommodating Amtrak, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Metro Transit buses and light rail, as well as future commuter and high speed rail lines.
Participants will ride on board TCRT Bus No. 1303, one of several now owned and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum, where Epstein is a volunteer. An active MTC driver will operate No. 1303, with Epstein as the color commentator. The tour is sponsored by the Minnesota Transportation Museum and will visit sites in downtown South Minneapolis, including the MTC’s Nicollet Garage and the Como-Harriet streetcar line.TO JOIN THE TOUR:
Parking will be available on 5th Street North on the east side of the street from 6th Ave North to 10th Ave North. Tour Bus 1303 will load on the west side of 5th St N. near 10th Ave, in the Warehouse District.
To reach the site, go west on Washington Avenue N from Hennepin Ave. Turn left at 10th Ave N and proceed 3 blocks to 5th Ave N. (Twins play at Cleveland that day.)
The cost is $10 per person, whatever age, cash at the bus.
NO RESERVATION REQUIRED..
The tour will last about two hours.
For more information call the Museum’s Classic Bus Division at 651 228 0263, or Phil Epstein at 612 360 7575.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
by Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio
July 8, 2010
St. Paul, Minn. — Some St. Paul bus routes will have new technology next year to help buses stay on schedule.
Bus drivers running late on their route will be able to make a red light change faster or hold a green light longer. Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons says the signal technology is successful on a route in Minneapolis.
"We have found that our experiment of this technology on Central avenue in Minneapolis north of downtown has been quite favorable in terms of improving the reliability of the bus service, about a 15 percent time savings in this market based on the use of transit signal priority."
Gibbons says installation of the technology begins next year for some buses on Snelling Avenue and on West Seventh Street in St. Paul. The technology is paid for by a $1.2 million federal grant.
There will also be less guesswork for some riders as to when their Metro Transit bus arrives. Beginning next year, Metro Transit will put up more signs that tell riders when the next bus is arriving at the bus stop.
"Variable message signs that count down the arrival time of the bus for the customer who is standing there waiting, gives them assurance that the bus is en route," Gibbons said. "In addition to having the information by sign it's also available today on cell phones and mobile devices and computers."
Gibbons says the electronic signs are similar to the ones on two busways in downtown Minneapolis.
Cluttered conditions make rescue difficult
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Fire trucks from Andover and Coon Rapids Fire Department in Coon Rapids Lions'/Firemen's 4th of July Celebration Parade on July 1, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Metropolitan Council awarded its first heavy construction contract for the Central Corridor light rail transit project to Walsh Construction Wednesday.
The $205.1 million award will build the seven-mile St. Paul segment of the line.
Construction is expected to begin in August east of the state Capitol on Robert and 12th streets north of Interstate 94. Utility relocation work, however, is expected to start soon after July 4.
Officials say most of the heavy construction on University Avenue will occur in 2011 between Emerald Street and Hamline Avenue and in 2012 between Hamline and Robert. The work in downtown St. Paul will occur in 2011-2012.
Bids for the heavy construction work on the line’s western three miles will be opened July 27. The Met Council is scheduled to award that contract Aug. 25.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Police are looking for the three suspects involved in a shooting on a metro transit bus Monday night.
Metro Transit officers responded to the intersection of 27th Avenue North and Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis after shots were fired around midnight.
A witness says three people got onto the bus and started an argument with him. He says they got off the bus and fired several shots at him.
No one was injured.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Anoka County regular route and dial-a-ride bus services will have a new operator Aug. 1.
The Anoka County Board, on the recommendation of its Public Works Committee, has awarded a five-year contract to MV Transportation Inc. to provide Anoka County Traveler regular route transit, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) dial-a-ride service and Anoka County and NW Ramsey County Transit Link service.
First Transit has operated these services for the past 18 years for Anoka County, but their existing five-year contract ends June 30.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
•Southwest Corridor information
•Video: Southwest LRT moving forward (Peter Bell)
Xcelsior Bus Demonstration
NOTE: Fares will be collected; there will be no bike rack on this bus.
Thursday-Friday, June 3-4:
Morning: 446 SB 7:06am
446 NB 8:03am 446 SB 9:08am
446 NB 10:03am 446 SB 11:08am
446 NB 12:03pm
Afternoon: 436 NB 3:40pm
478 SB 4:59pm
Saturday, June 5
445 WB 7:56am
441 SB 9:04am 441 NB 10:03am
445 EB 11:02am 445 WB 11:56am
441 SB 1:04pm 441 NB 2:03pm
Sunday, June 6
444 NB 7:40am 444 SB 8:45am
444 NB 9:40am 444 SB 10:45am
444 NB 11:40am 444 SB 12:45pm
444 NB 1:40pm 444 SB 2:45pm
444 NB 3:40pm
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, June 7-9
Morning: 477 NB 6:36am
Afternoon: 470 SB 3:00pm
472 SB 4:24pm
Thursday-Friday, June 10-11
Morning: 476 NB 6:17am
436 SB 7:45am
Afternoon: 442 SB 1:48pm 442 NB 2:48pm
489 NB 4:10pm
484 SB 5:04pm
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
By BRAD COOPER
The Kansas City Star
Under a new law approved by the Kansas Legislature, Johnson County has won approval to run express buses on the shoulder of Interstate 35 during rush hour.
Gov. Mark Parkinson has signed the bill, which allows the county to move ahead with its bus-on-shoulder plan that was developed as an alternative to operating rail service in the I-35 corridor between Olathe and Kansas City.
The law will allow buses to only run on the shoulder when traffic on I-35 dips to less than 35 mph. The buses would not be allowed to exceed the speed of interstate traffic by more than 10 mph. The plans would still have to be approved by the state transportation secretary.
Patterned after a bus-on-shoulder system in Minneapolis, the plan is intended to improve the reliability and speed of bus service on I-35 between the suburbs and downtown. Eight other metro areas, including Washington, D.C., and its Virginia suburbs, also allow buses on shoulders.
Studies have shown that running buses on highway shoulders is relatively safe.
A study done by the Minnesota Department of Transportation found there were 20 accidents on the shoulder involving a bus between 1991 and 2001. Most crashes were described as "minor scrapes."
Since 2001, one injury crash involved a bus and that was a fatality. In that case, the bus driver was found not to be at fault, a study reported.
Experts reported similar results for a bus-on-shoulder operation in Miami. Authorities there said there were no “known incidents” related to the bus-on-shoulder service after it started three years ago, according to an engineering review done in 2009.
The county’s plan calls for adding five new routes that would add 36 more trips at rush hour between southern Olathe and Overland Park and downtown. The buses generally would run every half hour, according to a June 2009 report detailing the plan.
Startup costs from Johnson County’s plan are estimated at about $20 million, most of which is needed for new buses, transit stations and preparing the shoulders for the vehicles.
The county hopes to get the federal government to fund 80 percent of the capital costs and rely on local and state sources for the balance.
The county recently created a panel to study ways to fund increases bus service. Its report is due by late this year or early next year.
The new law required the county to make an annual report to the Legislature about the implementation and operation of the new service.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Northstar Commuter Rail using a Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner MotivePower MPXpress (MP36PH) Locomotive #12 at Anoka Station