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Transit: Lift every voice and sing

Transit: Lift every voice and sing

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON I don’t know much about making freedom ring, but I do know from experience that the old adage “you can’t fight City Hall” doesn’t always apply to public transit agencies. They actually do sometimes listen to reasonable requests from the public. The key is to actually show up at public comment forums and use the [...]

Transit: The August pick

Transit: The August pick

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON As of Aug. 17, 2019, Metro Transit is making several minor changes to its schedules that affect the Phillips neighborhood, and a couple of major changes outside the area which are notable due to the sheer amount of change involved. First of all, the changes in Phillips: • Route 2 will allegedly have an extra trip [...]

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 [...]

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