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Transit: Rolling in the heat

Transit: Rolling in the heat

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON In the wintertime, I have written about how Metro Transit could better accommodate its customers in the icy cold and snowy weather. Today, I shall write about the perils of riding public transit in the heat and humidity of summer. While some people may think 95 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny in the summertime is “nice” [...]

Transit: The cacophony of the 6

Transit: The cacophony of the 6

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON In 1999, Jennifer Lopez released an album titled “On the 6.” Of course, she meant the New York subway line, not the Minneapolis bus line, but I digress: rather than being musical, the cacophony of letters on the southbound 6 are a pain in the neck. There are two versions of the 6 northbound: 6 and 6U. 6 goes [...]

Transit Transit: Accessibility – a personal perspective

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON There really isn’t any transit news to speak of in the Phillips neighbourhood this month, so I am going to write on a more personal, but transit-related, topic. If Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory rode the bus, he could be me. Since the age of 17, I have been considered by society to be mentally ill. Since my [...]

Transit: Wish the 53 ran all day?

Transit: Wish the 53 ran all day?

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Route 53 is one of the nicest bus routes in the Phillips neighborhood. While the 27 and 39 also deserve honorable mention, they are barely known by most people.However, almost everyone loves the 53.What’s not to love? It runs down Lake Street like the 21, but only stops at intersections with other bus routes, rather [...]

Transit: Route changes and the luck of the Irish

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Here we are, coming up on the Spring “pick.” For those of you not familiar with the term, that is when Metro Transit drivers get to pick their piece of work for the next three months, in order of seniority. That is also when route and schedule changes are made, unless a state of emergency trumps waiting for the next [...]

Transit: The ghosts of transit past

Transit: The ghosts of transit past

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Since The Alley is starting off on a new foot, I thought this was a good time to discuss the past of our transit system. I was a child in the 1970s and a teenager in the early 1980s, when the Metropolitan Transit Commission buses were known as the “Big Red” for their color scheme. MTC ads called it the [...]

December 2018 service changes and a comparison between Minneapolis and Milwaukee transit

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON The last “pick” of the year is upon us. A “pick” is when Metro Transit changes bus schedules and drivers are assigned new routes. This service change goes into effect the 1st of December 2018 and includes the following adjustments that will affect the Phillips Community: • Route 5 will have trips reinstated [...]

Transit – The need for speed

Transit – The need for speed

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON There are two pieces of good transit news in the Twin Cities this month: one directly impacts the Phillips Community, and the other mostly benefits those who commute to the southern suburbs. In the July issue of The Alley, I mentioned that Route 2 (Franklin Avenue) was going to be made faster due to a decrease in the [...]

Metro Transit New fareboxes for old

Metro Transit New fareboxes for old

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON The story of “Aladdin’s Lamp” contains the phrase, “New lamps for old!” Well, two of my bus-riding experiences last month make me think of “New fareboxes for old!” The first one was on Route 10, Central Avenue Northeast. The bus had a new, very sophisticated farebox. There was even a smart card reader [...]

Metro Transit – Bus driver shortage causes service cuts

Metro Transit – Bus driver shortage causes service cuts

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON The 18 August 2018 schedule change at Metro Transit is more complicated than usual because there was an emergency 1% service cut made on 31 July. Unfortunately, service cuts are nothing new to public transit. However, this last one was made for an unprecedented reason: a shortage of bus drivers. Usually, service cuts happen [...]

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