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Good Question: Why is service reduced on certain dates? 

| Wednesday, July 01, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Customers board Route 767 at the Bottineau Blvd & 63rd Avenue Park & Ride.On dates when fewer customers are expected to ride transit, service is reduced on some bus routes, as well as light rail and Northstar.

These “Reduced Service” days are typically observed holidays when many major employers are closed. Most of the service reductions are on routes used by commuters traveling to downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul or the University of Minnesota.

Unless otherwise noted, light-rail, express and local bus routes operate according to Saturday schedules on Reduced Service dates. (Routes with no service on Saturdays may operate on a limited schedule.) 

In practice, that means there are usually about 20 percent fewer local bus trips and about one-third the number of express bus trips. Light-rail service is reduced less than 10 percent.

Several morning and afternoon Northstar trips are also eliminated on Reduced Service dates, since around 93 percent of those who use the commuter rail line are traveling to work or school.

Metro Transit considers historic ridership patterns when deciding whether and when to reduce service. When there was an observed holiday on Monday, July 5, 2010, ridership decreased about 60 percent compared to the rest of the weekdays that week. Service on that date was reduced by around a third. 

Service is also reduced on holidays to reflect lower demand.

Reducing service on these lower-demand days provides cost-savings that can be re-directed to other needs.

Even if service is reduced customers can continue to use NexTrip, which provides predicted real-time departure information using GPS data from in-service buses. The Transit Information Center is also open.

Reduced and Holiday service schedules are available on metrotransit.org and are also published in Connect, the on-board newsletter.

Service adjustments may be made based on customer feedback. Customers with specific concerns are urged to Contact Us

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Vikings fans bleed purple, ride Green 

| Tuesday, November 04, 2014 1:22:00 PM

Vikings fans board the METRO Green Line at Stadium Village Station.Vikings fans have long enjoyed traveling to and from home games on light rail. And while it’s been all about the METRO Blue Line in past seasons, the opening of the METRO Green Line and a move to TCF Bank Stadium has changed the gameday dynamic.

Fans traveling to the game on light rail now take the Green Line to Stadium Village Station, which sits just east of TCF Bank Stadium. Those traveling from Minneapolis or points south can ride the Blue Line to Downtown East Station – where the Vikings’ new stadium is being built – and make an easy transfer to the Green Line to complete their journey.

The expanded transit opportunities, which also include bus and Northstar services, have led to a major uptick in gameday ridership. An estimated 20 to 24 percent of fans – nearly 13,000 people – have taken light rail to each of the Vikings’ regular season home games so far this season. Gophers fans have also heavily used light rail on gamedays.

Ridership to Vikings games has nearly doubled from previous seasons, but careful planning is allowing fans to travel easily and efficiently to and from each game.

For the first time this season, Metro Transit is offering pre-paid, round trip light-rail fares online so fans can bypass ticket vending machines (Metro Transit police continue to check fares before customers are allowed to board). Ambassadors are also available to answer questions at the station. To help move fans safely and efficiently, extra trains provide additional service after each game as needed.

It’s hard to understand just how well the system works without seeing it in action. The below lapse, taken following Minnesota's win on Sunday, Nov.2,  does just that (the video compresses about an hour's worth of post-game boarding activity). The next time you head to the game, consider joining the crowd!

    > The easy way to Vikings games & events at TCF Bank Stadium

    > Plan your trip to TCF Bank Stadium

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Transit ridership hits a 57-year high 

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Transit ridership hit a 57-year high last year, according to a new report from the American Public Transportation Association.

Americans took nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013 according to the industry group. That marked a 1 percent increase from 2012 and was the highest ridership since 1956. It was also the tenth straight year transit ridership topped 10 billion rides nationally.

Metro Transit saw ridership grow for the fifth straight year to 81.4 million rides last year. Ridership on buses, the METRO Blue Line and the Northstar Commuter Rail line increased by 300,000 rides from 2012, reaching the second highest total in 32 years. Ridership on the Northstar Commuter Rail line was especially strong, growing more than 12 percent.

Regional transit ridership grew 0.4 percent to 94.3 million rides in 2013. The number includes ridership from all transit providers in the Twin Cities metro region as well as Metro Mobility, Transit Link and Metro Vanpool.

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, which operates the METRO Red Line, set a new ridership record year with 2.7 million rides.
 
Since 1995, transit ridership has grown 37 percent nationally, outpacing population growth and vehicle miles traveled, according to APTA. Metro Transit’s ridership grew nearly 7 percent between 2009 and 2013.

“There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities,” APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said in a statement. “People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth.”

    > APTA: Record 10.7 Billion Trips Taken on U.S. Public Transportation in 2013

    > Metro Transit 2013 Ridership Increases to 81.4 Million

    > Star Tribune: Transit use hits historic levels in metro, nationally

    > USA Today: Transit ridership reaches highest level since 1956

    > New York Times: Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956

    > Stateline: Improving Networks and Economy Boost Transit Ridership

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Ready, Set, Go-To 

| Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:04:00 AM

Go-To Cards are the easiest way to pay a fare when boarding a Metro Transit bus or train – as customers are increasingly noticing.

Go-To and Go-To lite cards were used to pay for a record 57 percent of fares in November, and have accounted for nearly 53 percent of all fare payments this year. In 2012, Go-To Cards represented 47 percent of fare payments.

With a Go-To Card, customers simply touch a plastic card to an automatic card reader instead of using cash. The cards hold stored value, rides or multi-day passes that are automatically deducted. Customers can add value to their cards online or by phone anytime or at one of Metro Transit’s rail ticket machines or retail outlets. The cards also store transfers, can be automatically refilled and can be replaced if they are lost.

Go-To Card usage figures also include fares covered by program passes like the Metropass, U-Pass, Student Pass and College Pass, which offer unlimited bus and train rides at a fixed price over a period of time (e.g. a semester). U-Pass sales for the spring semester at the University of Minnesota are now on sale.

Metro Transit expanded the Student Pass program available to Minneapolis Public Schools high schoolers to South and Southwest high schools earlier this year. Through November, students have used Student Passes to take more than 1.4 million trips, a nearly 59 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Ridership is also higher among customers participating in the employer-based Metropass program. Passes can be purchased pre-tax and some employers also subsidize their purchase. From Dec. 26-31, Metropass customers can bring a friend on regional buses, METRO lines and the Northstar Commuter Rail Line for free.

The widening use of Go-To Cards is aided by their expanded retail availability and the introduction of Go-To lite Cards.

Go-To Cards can now be purchased or refilled at more than 125 retail locations across the metro, now including all Cub Foods stores. New Go-To lite Cards, which provide 10 fares for a discounted rate, are also sold at retail outlets and in bulk to schools and social service agencies.

Go-To Cards have been available since 2007 and can be used on any bus trip operated by all regional transit providers, as well as the METRO Blue Line, Northstar and METRO Red Line.

    > Go-To Cards

    > Go-To Card User Guide

    > Cub Foods is your go-to store for Go-To Cards

    > Back to school with Metro Transit

    > Metropass

From the GM Northstar

Plenty to celebrate as Northstar marks fourth anniversary 

| Friday, November 15, 2013 12:17:00 PM

From Brian Lamb, Metro Transit General Manager

The Northstar Commuter Rail Line marks its fourth anniversary tomorrow, and the milestone comes with plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Ridership has been higher than 2012 each month this year, including a record 24 percent increase in August. Average weekday rides topped 3,000 for the first time in June. At Coon Rapids/Riverdale Station, ridership is up 20 percent. Big Lake, Elk River and the new Ramsey Station are also seeing strong demand.

Combined, customers have boarded Northstar trains some 2.9 million times since its opening.

In addition to the positive trends on Northstar, St. Cloud Metro Bus reports ridership on its Northstar Link coach bus service connecting St. Cloud and Becker with Big Lake Station is up more than 8 percent this year.

Customers are benefiting from several recent changes. A $1 fare reduction was made permanent in April and free Wi-Fi was added to a car on every train in September, allowing customers to be more productive while they travel to and from work (passengers can also relax by enjoying the newly-updated Sound Point® Northstar corridor audio tour).

As part $95 million in investment to improve its railways throughout Minnesota, BNSF recently completed upgrades to track and signals in the Northstar corridor that will improve long-term reliability for Northstar customers. In Anoka, work continues on a new 344-space parking ramp and pedestrian overpass that will serve as a regional transportation hub. When it opens in December, this new facility will provide better access for customers and act as a catalyst for adjacent development.

In addition to this activity, development along the Northstar corridor is underway. A new 230-unit apartment complex connected to the Ramsey Station, The Residence at the COR, opened earlier this year and more nearby residences are now under construction. In Fridley, there are plans to build hundreds of new apartments, single-family homes and office space within walking distance of the train station.

Coinciding with this activity, we’ve been expanding our promotion of Northstar service to potential customers. For the first time this summer, a direct connection to State Fair express bus service was introduced at Fridley Station. Extra trains were also added for more large downtown events such as the Kenny Chesney concert at Target Field in July, which set a record for pre-sale Northstar tickets.

How to Ride presentations have meanwhile been offered to new audiences through newly-offered community education courses along the line led by Metro Transit Customer Advocates. St. Cloud State University students have also developed materials for class projects and have promoted Northstar and Link service to fellow students.

As we head into winter, we expect Northstar to again become an even more attractive option for commuters who prefer not battling delays on Highway 10 and I-94. The line’s sterling safety record and near-perfect on-time performance record is particularly attractive during snowy and icy commutes. Beyond rush hour, customers can also take Northstar to the Target Holidazzle Parade every Saturday this holiday season.

Looking further into the future, we believe the line named after a star known for faithfully guiding travelers to their destinations is very bright. In mid-2014, Northstar customers will join the rest of the region in celebrating the opening of the METRO Green Line and the new Target Field Station – additions that will make it more convenient for commuters to use Northstar as a part of their daily commute.

For this reason and others, there will be even more to celebrate when Northstar reaches its fifth anniversary.

> From the GM

> Northstar Commuter Rail Line

> Northstar Link

> Northstar line yields dividends

> Let history be your guide on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line

> METRO Blue Line marks ninth anniversary

> Isanti County News: Ridership, development rolling ahead for Northstar rail line

Photo: Construction continues on a new parking ramp and overpass at Northstar's Anoka Station. The facility is scheduled to be finished in December.

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