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Good Question Light Rail

Good question: Why do tracks sometimes crack? 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, February 1, 2019 9:05:00 AM
Light rail vehicles weigh around 100,000 pounds each. So the steel tracks they operate on have to be sturdy and well maintained. To ensure light rail tracks are in good order, Metro Transit’s track maintainers regularly walk end-to-end looking [...]
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‘Amazing’ efforts allow service to continue through historic cold 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:37:00 PM
The coldest weather in decades brought its share of challenges this week, but those who needed to travel still found buses and trains operating largely on time. The biggest impacts were felt along the Blue Line, where crews responded to cracks in [...]
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Plastic seats being tested on some light rail vehicles 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:21:00 AM
Responding to customer feedback, Metro Transit is trying something new on some Blue Line trains – plastic seats. Technicians put plastic seats in the upper seating area of a Blue Line train a few months ago and plan to install them in the same [...]
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Metropass program reaches the 20-year mark 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:16:00 AM
Providing discounted, unlimited ride transit passes through area employers was a novel idea when the Metropass program began in 1998. But twenty years after its inception, the program is attracting an increasing number of companies eager to [...]
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Rail lines on pace for another year of record ridership 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:14:00 PM
Metro Transit’s rail lines are on pace to have another record year. Ridership on the Green Line, Blue Line and Northstar Commuter Rail Line is ahead of last year’s totals through the first half of 2018. All three rail lines saw record ridership [...]
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