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  1. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Question about fares because it doesn't seem to be addressed on the websites. Do MVTA, SWT, Plymouth, and Maple Grove accept Metro Transit mobile app tickets?
  2. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    I saw a guy break a window on the 84 many years ago. He was angry at the driver for something, got out the back door and hit the window, which cracked with one hit. Then he ran off. I would imagine most drivers are happy to not have to enforce the mask policy. When I was in Seattle, SF, and LA I noticed that drivers don't even enforce fares so as to limit confrontations.
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    Metro Transit

    I would hope that some of the cutaway routes will be upgraded to the 30' buses.
  4. Looks like the Megabus extension of the Van Galder service between Janesville, WI and Minneapolis, MN will end service on March 20th, according to ticket availability on Megabus.com. Van Galder operated trips between Chicago and Madison, WI and state-sponsored routes in Wisconsin operated by Wisconsin Coach Lines are the remaining Midwest Megabus services.
  5. There were a few surprises in the final plan to me as well. I don't think it's necessary for the 445 to be combined into the 440, and I'd rather see the 445 extended to the IGH Target and Inver Hills College. It might require some kind of agreement with Metro Transit, but the "South of St. Paul" portion of the metro is dying for a restructure, especially with the G Line on the horizon. The other issue is the removal of the 445 from the commercial areas east of 35E in Eagan. Having both the 422 and the 447 on County Road 42 is strange. It provides that corridor with a lot of service between Burnsville Center and Mystic Lake which seems to be a poor use of resources. I am not a big fan of keeping the 444 split. The entire reason for doing that was positioning of the mall stop on the east side and the traffic at the time. Now that the mall is on it's last legs and likely to be redeveloped, there should be focus on simplifying the 444. I like some of the concepts around the express reorganization, but I feel that there is too much emphasis on non-Downtown express service. The 496 from Shakopee to Starlite is probably hard to justify, especially given the emphasis of the route serving Amazon. Given that Amazon has a location in Brooklyn Park, it's hard to envision anyone commuting by bus 25 miles each way for that type of job. The other one that is excessive is the 474. Even though the Minnesota Zoo is a major destination, it never seemed to be a big source of transit ridership. That might just be better served with MVTA Connect service. I like the way they've handled the Shakopee service reorganization. Downtown Shakopee is a much better place for the 497 and 499 to meet, and I like the local extension of the 499 from Shakopee to Burnsville. I would imagine that some of the consultant's recommendations will be tweaked and I am very hopeful that the improvements to frequency and span happen.
  6. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Ah, that makes sense. I'm glad that the new buses will be able to use the platforms and that the off board payment will be restored. Even if the Red Line isn't the strongest of routes, it would be a waste to not leverage the investments already made in infrastructure.
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    Metro Transit

    What are the Red Line readers? Are they for GoTo cards?
  8. I noticed that Megabus is no longer selling tickets in California and Nevada. There's also some changes to the Chicago-Minneapolis run, which is the sole remaining route in the Midwest. It has been reduced to 4x per week, and the Megabus schedule shows as operated by Van Galder between Chicago and Janesville, WI and by Megabus from there to Minneapolis. Looking at the Van Galder bus schedule it actually looks like it operates as an extension of a regular Van Galder line (Chicago-Rockford-Beloit-Janesville-Madison) to St. Paul and Minneapolis. Notably, the Milwaukee stop is gone from Megabus but Coach USA, Greyhound, and Amtrak provide good connections. Wisconsin Coach Lines seems to have also picked up some new routes, including Minneapolis-Green Bay-Milwaukee, La Crosse-Milwaukee, Wausau-Janesville, and Janesville-Milwaukee, some of which I believe are state-supported routes.
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    Metro Transit

    I think it might be better to just combine the MTS and the Metro Transit pages, given how many of the MTS buses are simply transferred over from Metro Transit and how the Council owns both fleets. Technically speaking, MTS and Metro Transit are separate divisions of the Metropolitan Council; however, Metro Transit does all the route/network planning and some of those routes become contracted through MTS. Historically, there were mixed MT/MTS operated routes or those that changed between direct and contracted operations, and more increasingly there has been more fleet transferred back and forth. It seems that MTS hasn't had its own 40-foot order since the D40LFs in 2006. Cutaways and 30-footers are all MTS exclusive though. Even more technically speaking, all regional buses are owned by the Metropolitan Council (even MVTA, SWT, MG, Plymouth). That's why some retired SWT transit buses were put into MTS service, because it's relatively easy to do so.
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    Metro Transit

    When I lived in the Twin Cities, I remember some 61 trips through the industrial park would get a D60. EDIT: https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Committee-of-the-Whole/2021/10-20-21/Info-Item-Zero-Emmissions-Bus-Program.aspx Electric bus plan being developed,we could have up to 285 more electrics in the coming years.
  11. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Chicago_Transit_Authority_1830-2029 #2020 is a 2008 D40LF.
  12. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    First Transit is also stretched for staff, as made evident by the Plymouth Metrolink service cuts that happened earlier this week. https://www.plymouthmn.gov/Home/Components/News/News/7407/246 I've noticed that a lot of TAs around the country have cut service due to manpower shortages.
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    Metro Transit

    The schedule cuts probably will be an improvement over the current practice of randomly cutting runs everyday. Here's a presentation about the upcoming Met Council budget. Notably, they are replacing the 12-year bus replacement schedule with a 14-year one. https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetings/Committees/Metropolitan-Council/2021/10-13-21/Info-Item_2022-2027-Capital-Program-Presentation-F.aspx
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    Metro Transit

    I seem to recall that they usually listed the suburban providers in the State Fair brochure, but sometimes not in detail. With the 960 not running, I'd imagine the 3 is going to be slammed. Sundays and Labor Day especially rough with 30 minute headways.
  15. Tcmetro

    Metro Transit

    Noticing a lot more trip cancellation alerts these days. Looks like the justification for taking over the Red Line is dissipating quickly. The big drop in State Fair service might have big effects on the fair/transportation. I noticed they are adding free park and rides a bit further east than before. Will be interesting to see how attendance turns out, but I would imagine it is going to be very high this year.
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