Friday, January 18, 2013
Here's a list of what businesses and services will and will not be available Monday.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday. It marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born on Jan. 15, 1929, but his birthday is celebrated on the a Monday so workers will get a three-day holiday. The day also has been designated as a Day of Service. There are many opportunities to serve in the Twin Cities.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The agency’s senior planner said a proposed consolidation would continue providing service to the most popular bus stops.
Hopkins bus riders may see fewer pick-up and drop-off times—but they should continue to be able to get where they’re going, a Metro Transit planner told the City Council on Thursday. Metro Transit is reviewing whether to consolidate five west metro bus routes—664, 665, 667E, 670 and 671—into three routes. The biggest proposed cut near Hopkins is a portion of Route 670 on Highway 7 between of 17th Avenue and County Road 101. But Steve Mahowald, senior planner with Metro Transit, said a readjusted route that will now terminate near 17th Avenue will keep service going to the biggest group of Hopkins riders on the affected line. That group is thought to be made up primarily of residents in the nearby Brentwood Park Townhomes and Apartments. …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Budget shortfalls and low ridership have put a portion of Route 670 on the chopping block.
A portion of Hopkins bus service is under consideration for reduction or consolidation because of budget shortfalls and low ridership, according to a report in this week’s City Council packet. Metro Transit is reviewing whether to eliminate the portion of Route 670 on Highway 7 between of 17th Avenue and County Road 101. The route is among five west metro bus routes in the area under review for consolidation—664, 665, 667E, 670 and 671. Click on the PDFs above to see a map of the proposed changes. The recommendations arise from a region-wide Metropolitan Council study of possible service reductions and consolidations in express bus operations. The routes identified have about 25 passengers per trip on average, with the evening average of …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Mass transit is often a grim affair, but earlier this week, one Metro Transit bus broke out in song.
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- James Sanna
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Metro Transit and its drivers are often the grimmest of civil servants. Stoically, if not humorlessly, they put up with customers who are rude, rowdy, or just plain drunk. Drivers cut in front of them, or box them in and prevent their topped bus from pulling out into traffic. It's no surprise that they don't have a strong reputation for joviality. But every now and then, as in the YouTube video above, you meet a driver with a spring in their step. It's not clear which bus the videographer is riding, but it appears to be traveling northbound on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis (the CVS store at 1110 Hennepin is visible out the bus windows at the 0:24 mark). The several passengers on the late-night trip are belting out "Shake, Rattle…
Monday, June 11, 2012
With Metro Transit identifying possible Minnetonka busing changes, the school district wants routes closer to the high school with better times for families.
Hopkins school district officials are encouraging residents to ask Metro Transit for bus routes that work better for students and parents. In an e-mail notice last week, the Legislative Action Coalition urged the public to ask Metro Transit to redirect Route 615 around Hillside Lane to pass Hopkins High School and expand hours of operation so students and parents can attend evening events. The LAC’s notice follows criticism School Board Director Steve Adams made about the routes at the May 31 School Board meeting. “It really doesn’t benefit students that may have to take the Metro Transit to school or want to stay after school for extracurricular activities or go to athletic events or plays or band concerts or whatever in the evening,” he…
Friday, July 1, 2011
However, a long shutdown could deplete reserve funds and cause problems for riders.
Good news for commuters: Riders of Metro Transit, the Hiawatha light rail line and the Northstar commuter rail can expect service to continue uninterrupted—though not indefinitely—during a state government shutdown. Other contracted services operated by the Metropolitan Council, including Metro Mobility, could also run without interruption for at least several weeks during the shutdown. The Met Council operates most transit systems in the metro, including several bus routes servicing St. Louis Park. "All transit service will continue operating as normal beyond the potential shutdown date,” said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland Thursday afternoon. Construction on the Central Corridor in St. Paul can also continue for a period of time…