Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Minneapolis Transit History Tour

Phil Epstein, a former Twin Cities Rapid Transit (TCRT) bus driver, will lead a tour of historic sites related to transit on Saturday, August 7 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Epstein’s detailed knowledge of over a century of mass transit in the Twin Cities, ranging from streetcars to buses to light rail is p...henomenal. During the 1950’s Epstein drove the first generation of TCRT General Motor’s buses, purchased by the company following the demise of the Twin Cities’ streetcar system. A longtime labor activist, Phil later served as president of AFSCME Local 99 at the Minneapolis Central Library, retiring in 2002.

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.


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.


sota767 said...

Do you mean 5th St N? 5th Ave N doesn't touch 10th Ave N.

Bus Driver Dude said...

Call the contact person. I am just passing this on.

TheTransitCamera said...

Thanks for posting about this! I'd sure like to go and I know my Dad would too. Think it might work out schedule wise.

Bus Driver Dude said...

I am not sure if I will go.