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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 [...]

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Adapting traffic – Construction Update: New Lake Street & 35W Transit Station By MNDOT adapted by GUSTAVO MANCILLA Computer rendering of the Lake Street &35W Transit StationPHOTO COURTESY OF MNDOT & GUSTAVO MANCILLA As part of the 35W@94 project, MnDOT and Metro Transit are building a new transit station at I-35W & Lake [...]

TRANSIT—Transit Changes in the Med City

TRANSIT—Transit Changes in the Med City

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON Unfortunately, there is no significant transit news in the Phillips neighborhood, or even the Twin Cities, for me to report this month. Therefore, I am going to digress from my usual local focus and talk about changes coming to the transit system in Rochester as of the 12th of July. The last time I wrote about [...]

Transit – Politicians and Light Rail Safety

Transit – Politicians and Light Rail Safety

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON The Minnesota State Legislature is finally trying to do something about the rising tide of crime and harmful behavior on public transit, particularly on the Light Rail system. While many members of the community are saying, “It’s about time!” it looks like what should be a universal issue is rapidly becoming [...]

Make a bee-line to the B Line

Make a bee-line to the B Line

Transit By JOHN CHARLES WILSON In a few years, Lake Street bus riders will have an alternative to the super-slow Route 21. It’s going to be called the B Line and will operate on the same principle as the already existing A Line on Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul, and C Line on Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis. (The reason for the [...]

Transit – Schedule changes and a new idea for park and ride lots

Transit – Schedule changes and a new idea for park and ride lots

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON New schedule changes effective 7 December 2019 are in effect at Metro Transit, including some routes which serve the Phillips Community. Most of the changes are pretty minor, but you may want to pick up a new schedule, especially if you ride during rush hour. Changes include: • Minor schedule adjustments will be [...]

Transit ‘Tis the Season – For New Projects!

Transit ‘Tis the Season – For New Projects!

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON If you go to the Mall of America by bus or light rail, you either know or soon will know that the new Mall of America Transit Center is now open. A Grand Opening celebration will be held in November 2019. Check https://www.metrotransit.org for more details. In other news, Metro Transit is holding public forums to [...]

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 [...]

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