Friday, October 1, 2010

Metro Transit Temporarily Closes 2 Mpls. Bus Stops

At the request of the Minneapolis Police Department, Metro Transit temporarily closed two bus stops on the north side of the city.

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.

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