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Labor agreement increases wages for transit workers 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, February 29, 2024 8:27:00 PM
The Metropolitan Council this week approved a labor agreement with the ATU Local 1005 that increases wages for frontline transit workers. The ATU Local 1005 represents more than 2,000 bus and train operators, technicians, public facility [...]

Rooftop solar panels keeping the light on at bus shelters 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, February 28, 2024 9:53:00 PM
Have you noticed solar panels on the top of some of our shelters? Since 2022, these roof-mounted solar panels have been used to keep the lights on at 19 shelter locations in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, and Saint [...]
Community Shelters St. Paul

Leukemia diagnosis, love of transit lead mother-daughter to Adopt-A-Stop program 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, February 28, 2024 9:42:00 PM
People have a lot of reasons for adopting bus stops and light rail stations through the Adopt-A-Stop program. For Keshawn Williams and her daughter Josephine, the inspiration came from an unlikely place – a leukemia diagnosis that [...]
Fares

New fare technology will bring many benefits, including contactless payments 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Wednesday, February 28, 2024 9:36:00 AM
Angst over lost fare cards and long lines to buy tickets after big events will be things of the past after a planned upgrade to fare validators found at stations and on vehicles. The upgrade – the first in 20 years – will allow riders to buy [...]

Expanded on-board presence coming to Metro Transit’s light rail lines 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, February 22, 2024 8:30:00 AM
As another step in the continued effort to improve the transit experience, a new team dedicated to assisting riders will begin traveling on light rail vehicles on Friday, Feb. 23. Duties assigned to Transit Rider Investment Program (TRIP) [...]
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