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Wednesday June 12th 2024

‘Transit’ Archives

Metro Transit – Dec. ’23

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON The next Metro Transit and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority service changes are coming Saturday, 2 December 2023. Watch for the following changes which affect the Phillips neighborhood:Routes 9 and 67 will have minor schedule adjustments to accommodate routing changes.Route 21 will run to Saint Paul every 15 minutes instead of every half hour, from 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM. It will also not serve the Uptown Transit Center because of construction, instead it will go via Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue to France Avenue. This is like the planned route for the B Line Bus Rapid Transit, expected to be coming in June 2025.Route 467 will have minor schedule changes to reflect actual travel times.Route 465 (MVTA) will have an additional trip northbound from Burnsville at 9:20 AM because of high ridership to the University of Minnesota near that time.Just a reminder: Metro Transit and MVTA typically run Saturday schedules on most routes, with a few exceptions, on Black [...]

Metro Transit: September ’23

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON After three years of service cuts, the Phillips Community will finally get some of its bus service back. The following changes went into effect Saturday, August 19 2023:The Orange Line now runs every 15 minutes instead of every 30 on weekdays until 8 PM, and on Saturdays from 9 AM to 6 PM. In addition, an extra trip in each direction has been added on weekday mornings. The D Line times were adjusted to match traffic conditions and to maintain frequency.Route 2 now runs every 10 minutes instead of every 15 between 11:30 AM and 7 PM on weekdays.Route 9 now runs once every 30 minutes instead of once an hour on weekdays in the early morning and early evening, and all day on Saturdays.Route 14 school day-only trips now run at times fitting the new school bell schedule.Route 22 school day-only trips now run at times which fit the new school bell schedule.Route 67 now runs every 30 minutes instead of every hour, every day of the week. These changes should [...]

Metro Transit: Welcome Back, Transit!

By JOHN CHARLES WILSON As I’m fairly sure most people who use Metro Transit, or at least read this column, know, Metro Transit service has been severely curtailed in the past few years, first due to the pandemic, then due to a driver shortage.Finally, there is good news on that front: some of the service we lost is being restored as of the next pick, effective Saturday, 17 June 2023. While improvements are happening throughout the system, the following changes most directly affect the alley readership area:The Orange Line is being restored to run once every 15 minutes rather than every half hour on weekdays during the midday period.The D Line will have minor schedule adjustments for construction on Osseo Rd. in North Minneapolis and to match traffic conditions.Route 5 will also have minor schedule adjustments for construction on Osseo Rd.Route 9 will be restored to run once every half hour on weekdays during the midday period, rather than once an hour.Route 67 will have minor [...]

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