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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 [...]

Metro Transit – You’re voting for an agenda

Metro Transit – You’re voting for an agenda

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON This is another slow month for transit news in the Phillips Community. I was originally going to write about the Gold Line, a Bus Rapid Transit line being planned to operate on the East Side of Saint Paul, when I was inspired to change the topic to something more geographically universal. The primary elections are coming [...]

Metro Transit – The squeaky wheel gets the grease

Metro Transit – The squeaky wheel gets the grease

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Another slow month in the transit world… However, there was one interesting piece of news for Route 2 riders. I went to an “open house” in June regarding proposed improvements to Franklin Avenue bus service, including cutting back on the number of stops to make the bus go faster, installing new (presumably better) bus [...]

Metro Transit

Metro Transit

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON One of the sad things about writing for a monthly paper is that even when you have early access to inside information, you rarely get the “scoop” because it’s publicly available before your publication hits the stands…. That said, this month’s big transit news is the quarterly service change, which was originally [...]

Metro Transit – How about FREE public transit as a great alternative in blizzards?

Metro Transit – How about FREE public transit as a great alternative in blizzards?

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Our weather hasn’t behaved itself so far this year: March went in like a lamb and out like a lion, and the April showers that are supposed to bring May flowers came in frozen form. In adverse weather, public transit shines as an alternative to getting in your car and risking an accident. Of course, the best thing to do [...]

Transit – Safety and comfort, real and perceived, is needed equally for all routes

Transit – Safety and comfort, real and perceived, is needed  equally for all routes

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Even though this month is the quarterly schedule change, it’s a fairly slow month for transit news. In Phillips, only Routes 9 and 19 had any changes, and they were just minor adjustments to make the scheduled bus times more closely align with how long the route really takes. That said, I convinced my roommate to try [...]

Metro Transit – ABRT “D” Line to travel faster, less stops on Chicago Av

Metro Transit – ABRT “D” Line to travel faster, less stops on Chicago Av

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Do you, like so many other Phillips residents, ever have occasion to ride Metro Transit’s “legendary 5”, the Chicago Ave. bus? If so, do you dread the long, slow ride with stops every single block, the overcrowding, the likelihood of having to listen to yet another belligerent commuter who may or may not happen to be [...]

Transit: Public Transit

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON Metro Transit is planning to run extra service temporarily while the out of town Super Bowl crowd is here to ensure they get around. That’s nice. However, what would be extra nice is if they would consider making some of the extra service permanent. Here are my thoughts on what parts of the extra service should be [...]

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