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Artist quilts riders waiting for the METRO D Line  

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:53:00 AM


Local artist Carold Hancuh holds two of her quilted characters at a bus shelter near E. 48th Street and Chicago Avenue in the future METRO D Line corridor.

As the METRO D Line enters the engineering phase, local artist Carol Hancuh’s quilted people who are perpetually waiting for the upcoming Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.

These aren’t normal quilts; however, they are shaped like free-standing people. Hancuh’s artwork, entitled “Waiting for the D Line,” started with a discovery of her love of quilting people’s faces.

“My first full-body, independent quilt was a 4-foot-ten girl,” Artist Carol Hancuh said. “I decided she needed a friend, and then one after another, I ended up with eleven people of all shapes and sizes.”

From about five- to almost seven-feet tall, she decided that her quilted people needed a place to convene. After brainstorming locations like parades or marches, she arrived at a bus stop.

“It was perfect: bus stops have all kinds of people from all walks of life waiting for their ride,” Hanuch said. “The next question was: which bus were they waiting for?”


Hakan holds his quilted likeness behind the counter of his coffee shop at 48th and Chicago.

She found her answer through one of her subjects based on a real-life person: the owner of a local coffee shop at East 48th Street and Chicago Avenue. When she discovered Hakan and his shop Sovereign Grounds were along the future D Line, she had found her bus line.

“As it’s still not yet operational, there’s another question: how long will these people wait?” she said. “It could be a short wait or a long wait.”

Until full funding is secured, these quilt people – just like riders along the corridor — will continue to wait for fast, frequent and all-day service until the anticipated launch in 2022.

MEET THE PEOPLE WAITING FOR THE D LINE


Meet the people waiting for the METRO D Line as envisioned by Hancuh. The faces dictated the personalities and stories of each of these characters.

Hakan is the Turkish barista in Minneapolis who owns Sovereign Grounds Coffee shop.
Edna is a Red Hat Lady. Her pet mouse, Morty, accompanies her everywhere inside her hat.
Friedrich lives alone. He is in his upper sixties and thinks he is still God’s gift to women. 
Star is the goth daughter of a flower child mother and an aristocrat father.
Yana is Russian. She immigrated to the U.S after her husband died to seek a little peace.
Sadie is the youngest of the two daughters of Clarice and Charles. She is quiet, shy, curious, and happy-go-lightly. 
Sophie is Sadie’s sister. She’s upset because she’s not allowed to carry her friend’s present. It’s fragile.
Clarice is the mother of Sophie and Sadie. Their family is from the East Coast.
Jesu is homeless. He has seen and experience everything.
Toby is a four-year-old boy who has had it waiting for that bus.
Jane is a single mother raising Toby. She wants to spend her one day off having fun with Toby.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Carol Hancuh is a retired computer mask design layout professional who became enchanted by contemporary quilts in 2011. Since then, she studied quilting in Tuscany, Italy and brought her love back to Minnesota. She grew up in Minneapolis and took the bus regularly. Today, she lives with her husband, two cats, and mounds of fabric in Eagan, Minnesota.

ABOUT THE METRO D LINE
The METRO D Line is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that connects Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington with fast, frequent service and improved stations. It will substantially replace Route 5.

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METRO D Line begins pre-construction survey 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, January 08, 2019 1:46:00 PM


Jared Gazda takes a moment to setup his surveying equipment at the corner of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis. The information he gathers will aid in station construction, including ADA compliance and drainage. 

Before the first shovel breaks ground, there’s a lot of work that goes into any new METRO Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.

From planning through final engineering, each step ensures that the line is built to specification. Beginning this month, the METRO D Line is entering the engineering phase. During this phase, stations and other improvements will be designed and translated into detailed construction plans.

As a first step in designing D Line stations, Metro Transit has contracted with several firms to assist with field survey. Starting on January 7, crews from Stonebrooke Engineering began surveying planned METRO D Line station locations.

During this phase, surveyors gather information at the ground level, to create accurate measurements and learn more about the existing space and utilities below the ground at future D Line stops to help designers and construction crews avoid foreseeable problems before construction.

Over the next few weeks you will see trucks and members of our project team in the area conducting field surveys and making field observations and measurements to help engineer and design the project.

If you see a surveyor on the job, thank them for their hard work to help bring fast, frequent service to your corridor. If you have questions about the D Line or survey activities, contact Cody Olson, Community Outreach Coordinator at cody.olson@metrotransit.org or 612-349-7390.

The D Line is currently set to begin construction as early as mid-2020, pending full funding for the project. The D Line will substantially replace Route 5, the highest-ridership bus route in the state of Minnesota. Customers take about 16,000 daily rides on Route 5 between Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington.

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Three future rapid bus projects move forward 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:57:00 PM

Bus shelter construction

Plans to bring the kind of fast, frequent service that has been so successful on the A Line to three additional corridors advanced within the past week. Here is a summary of the latest advances: 

C Line

Crews recently began assembling the first C Line shelters in downtown Minneapolis, including the above shelter at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and South Seventh Street, near Government Center. 

Around 20 new shelters with real time signs, on-demand heat, light and ticket vending machines are being built along the C Line corridor, which runs largely along Penn Avenue. The C Line will largely replace Route 19 service beginning next spring. The new shelters will remain out of service for several months while crews continue to install wiring and equipment. 

Learn more about the C Line

D Line

Plans to make Metro Transit’s busiest bus route up to 25 percent faster moved forward as the Metropolitan Council approved plans for 40 enhanced stations along an 18-mile corridor now served by Route 5.

Engineering will begin later this year and continue through the end of 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as 2020, pending full funding. The D Line corridor is expected to see more than 23,500 average weekday rides by 2030. Route 5 is the region’s busiest bus route, with more than 15,000 average weekday rides. 

Learn more about the D Line

E Line 

The Minneapolis City Council last week approved plans for a stretch of Hennepin Avenue that position the corridor for future rapid bus service. 

Plans call for the construction of eight enhanced bus stops between Washington Avenue South and 12th Street. The city also plans to add one-way, protected bikeways in both directions, and to route the bike lanes behind the new stations to avoid conflicts at boarding areas. 

The new shelters will be served by routes 4, 6, 7, 12 and 61 and are designed to eventually become a part of the E Line, which will largely replace Route 6. 

The changes are part of a larger reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue. Utility work is expected to begin in 2019 and heavier construction is expected to begin in 2020. 

Learn more about the E Line

A previous study that identified a dozen rapid bus corridors will be re-valuated in 2019 to determine next steps for other future lines. Learn more at metrotransit.org/rapidbus

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