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Transit Waves of the Future

METRO TRANSIT by JOHN CHARLES WILSON With the COVID emergency drawing to a close, and all the new transit coming to the Twin Cities in the near future, I decided it’s time to write about exciting new concepts in transit that may benefit you someday. Bus Rapid Transit is making headway (pun intended for you transit insiders*) in South [...]

Re-Doing Lake Street

LETTER TO THE EDITOR By Shirley Heyer Metropolitan Transit continues its projects for improving bus service with a Lake Street Line B (Lake/Marshall/Selby/downtown St. Paul) fast bus. Work start is planned for this fall.  Because longer wait times, increased walking distances, redesign of all traffic lanes are major changes, Midtown [...]

Keep Taking the Virus Seriously, Seriously!

METRO TRANSIT By John Charles Wilson I caught COVID-19 last month and was out of commission for about two weeks. Even though vaccines are being rolled out and an end is in sight, please keep being careful! If you think masks and social distancing are government plots to take away your freedom, you are right! They are taking away your freedom [...]

Better Days Are Coming

METRO TRANSIT By JOHN CHARLES WILSON  There are two big pieces of news this month. One isn’t transit-specific but will have a major impact in the next few months on transit, and that is we seem to be turning the corner on the coronavirus pandemic. Masks may soon become historical relics, as forgotten as they were after the 1918 flu. [...]

Build Transit For Our Climate

METRO TRANSIT  By JOHN CHARLES WILSON At the time I am writing this, Minnesota is having its coldest weather of the season. Please keep that in mind if it is warmer by the time this column is actually in print. Everybody in Minnesota who goes outside knows we havea challenging climate, to say the least. Extreme cold and snow in the winter, [...]

Metro Transit

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Even though I normally write about schedule and routing issues, there is little going on on that front this month. However, I’ve gotten a call and an email about bus stop and infrastructure issues, which gives me material for this month’s column. Last year, Route 2 got the “Better Bus Route” treatment. This [...]

METRO TRANSIT: Answer the Survey, We’re Counting on You

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON  Public transit is one of the few government functions where the people in charge actually listen to suggestions from common citizens. I have been going to public forums about transit changes for many years, though recently I’ve had trouble getting to them. However, because of the pandemic a lot of this stuff is [...]

Where Are We Going?

METRO TRANSIT By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Even though our buses and trains are still running on a greatly reduced schedule, Metro Transit is hard at work behind the scenes building and planning for a COVID-19-free future. That said, I wish to interrupt the good news to tell everyone that Cub Foods is running a FREE shuttle bus between its [...]

Transit: When Will Normalcy Return?

Transit: When Will Normalcy Return?

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Note: This column was written between the times Governor Walz announced the lifting of the Stay at Home order and the change taking effect. Metro Transit has decided to continue running a Saturday schedule on weekdays and not running buses or light rail late at night, even after the Stay at Home order is lifted, [...]

Transit and the Coronavirus

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Last month, I wrote about a restructure of Rochester Public Transit since there was no news about transit in Phillips or the Twin Cities in general. Ironically, The Alley Newspaper submission deadline was just two days before Metro Transit made the first of two major service cutbacks due to the closure of certain [...]

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