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NexTrip usage soars 

| Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
It was a record year for Metro Transit’s NexTrip system, which provides customers with real-time predicted bus and rail departures. Customers requested NexTrip information online more than 49.2 million times in 2013, up from about 30 million [...]
Bus Express Bus Know Your Operator

Know Your Operator: Adeyinka Adesida 

| Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Fellow bus drivers often wonder whether Adeyinka Adesida ever has a bad day. Spend a half hour with him and it’s easy to see why. The Nigerian-born operator laughs heartily as he recounts his path from Africa to the Twin Cities, where he has [...]
Bus METRO Blue Line METRO Orange Line Midtown Corridor Minneapolis Route of the Week

Route 27: A short route with a big impact 

| Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM
An end-to-end trip on Route 27 covers around two miles and takes just 10 minutes. While short, the route has proven to be an important connection for commuters and residents in south Minneapolis. Joel Oliver is a case in point. Oliver boarded [...]
Fares Good Question

Good Question: Why no sales tax on fares? 

| Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:26:00 AM
This 'Good Question' comes from Candace Seidl, who e-mailed to ask why sales tax do not apply to fares. Similar to cab fares or parking fees, sales taxes are not charged on transit fares. Generally speaking, such services are not taxed in [...]
Bus Community Minneapolis Safety

When disaster strikes, buses serve as shelter 

| Friday, January 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM
In 2013, Metro Transit dispatched more than seventy buses throughout the Twin Cities in support of emergency responses to fires, gas leaks and other hazardous situations. Buses provide climate-controlled shelter and comfort for the displaced and [...]
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